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What

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 24, 2022 12:30 PM EST

Description

Imitating a Red tailed hawk

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What

American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 23, 2022 08:54 AM EST

Description

The crinkling sounds are the sounds of sweetgum seeds raining down from the trees onto the leaf litter below.

Both aborted seeds, which look like wheat bran and the fertile, winged seeds are shown

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What

American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 23, 2022 08:58 AM EST

Description

Seedpod with red / reddish hues

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 20, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Description

Like elongated coffee beans on the bark of a living River birch (Betula lenta)

Something like Psiloglonium stygium
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/133739533

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What

Poisonpies (Genus Hebeloma)

Observer

sigridjakob

Date

November 20, 2022 10:10 AM EST

Description

On someone’s front lawn in a large ring
86 gills

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What

White Tubelet (Henningsomyces candidus)

Observer

kayspurlock

Date

November 20, 2022 11:29 AM EST

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What

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Observer

brennafarrell

Date

November 19, 2022 12:39 PM EST

Description

4+

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What

Woodland Lettuce (Lactuca floridana)

Observer

zitserm

Date

August 14, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

Description

In deciduous woods

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What

Hairy Solomon's-Seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 20, 2022 02:52 PM EST

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 20, 2022 10:42 AM EST

Description

Growing alongside the Scutellinia fungi

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What

Common Toadskin Lichen (Lasallia papulosa)

Observer

ccantley

Date

November 19, 2022 03:27 PM EST

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What

Walking Fern (Asplenium rhizophyllum)

Observer

ccantley

Date

November 19, 2022 04:41 PM EST

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What

Eyelash Cups (Genus Scutellinia)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 20, 2022 10:48 AM EST

Description

Next to some Trichiaceae slime molds (yellow and fluffy), as well as Holwaya mucida (second photo)

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Observer

heelsplitter

Date

August 29, 2021

Description

Growing on the bark and decorticated wood of a dead, standing hardwood tree near Tsuga canadensis, Tilia americana. Carpinus caroliniana, Quercus sect. Lobatae, Carya sp., Liriodendron tulipifera, Oxydendron arboreum, Magnolia acuminata, Magnolia tripetala Acer sp. and Rhododendron sp. Asci bitunicate and 8-spored. Spores hyaline, smooth, obovoid and 1-septate. Spore measurements: (16) 17.3 – 21.6 (22.1) × (4.9) 5.2 – 6.8 µm; Q = (2.6) 2.65 – 3.5 (4.2); N = 12; Me = 18.7 × 6 µm; Qe = 3.1

Originally posted to Mushroom Observer on Feb. 24, 2022.

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What

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 12, 2022 12:23 PM EST

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What

Bicoloured Bracket (Gloeoporus dichrous)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 19, 2022 01:06 PM EST

Description

G. dichrous growing on old Trametes (I think T. versicolor)

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What

Post Oak (Quercus stellata)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 19, 2022 02:00 PM EST

Description

This was my first time seeing a Post oak in the fall. I had seen one small sapling out in the central pine barrens of Long Island this summer. This was one of several Post oaks here, at the northern section of Pelham Bay Park, well weathered by the winds and the salt air of the Long Island Sound. The crimson leaves were a sight to behold! The lower surfaces of the leaves were pink and velvety, with stellate (star shaped) hairs visible under a hand lens - presumably where the name Quercus stellata comes from. The leaves, with their distinctive, asymmetrical lobed shape - wide near the apex and narrow near the point of attachment - eventually will turn a warm pinkish brown color when they fall, as seen in some of the photos. The twigs were tan, fuzzy and had small reddish brown, round buds. The bark was flaky, reminiscent of Quercus alba. The windward side of the tree was missing much of the bark. The tree had a scraggly, scruffy, asymmetrical look to it and branches were missing.

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What

Beefsteak Polypore (Fistulina hepatica)

Observer

sus_scrofa

Date

October 2, 2022 05:47 PM EDT

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Observer

gwenoftheglen

Date

November 17, 2022 09:05 AM EST

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Observer

elaphrornis

Date

September 27, 2022 05:10 PM EDT

Description

Marine Park, Brooklyn. On trunk of cultivated oak tree (Pin Oak?) at edge of playing fields area by Ave U. Oak leaves in penultimate photo..

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What

Cutleaf Teasel (Dipsacus laciniatus)

Observer

joedziewa

Date

October 22, 2022 03:32 PM EDT

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What

Split Porecrust (Xylodon paradoxus)

Observer

sadawolk

Date

November 18, 2022 11:28 AM EST

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What

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Observer

brennafarrell

Date

November 17, 2022 03:47 PM EST

Description

Large flock, some flying up against the bird blind.

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What

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

Observer

brennafarrell

Date

November 17, 2022 04:00 PM EST

Description

Probably eaten by an avian predator, maybe another owl. Looks like it was defeathered on top of the tree.
For right feather in picture 3: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/142302106

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 18, 2022 08:56 AM EST

Description

On the underside of a moist, well rotted, decorticated hardwood log. KOH staining yellow.

Cream colored polypore, staining brown in some spots. Mostly effused hymenophore, but saffron colored reflexed caps can be seen in some places (see photo 5)

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What

Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 18, 2022 09:15 AM EST

Description

On a large fallen Tulip tree. These were the largest oysters I've found.

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What

Fetterbush (Eubotrys racemosa)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 18, 2022 09:07 AM EST

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What

Fetterbush (Eubotrys racemosa)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 18, 2022 09:11 AM EST

Description

The fall color of the fetterbush is stunning

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Observer

pulk

Date

September 23, 2022

Description

On underside of rotting wood almost pressed against soil. Rhododendron, oak, sassafras.

Fungi

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What

Fungi Including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 17, 2022 08:23 AM EST

Description

White or pale pink, wispy strands coming out of the bark of a maple branch. Photo 9 shows what look like some sort of clear worms.

See the same fungi observed on the previous day, when it had rained:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/142218157

Fungi

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What

Fungi Including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 17, 2022 08:47 AM EST

Description

Pale yellow to white, cottage cheese like fungus (or possibly a slime mold), on a well decayed hardwood log.

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What

Coral-pink Merulius (Phlebia incarnata)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

On a large Northern Red oak log, with Stereum fasciatum. The Phlebia is attached to the underside of the Stereum fasciatum. In photo 4, it looks like an entire fruiting body of Stereum fasciatum may have been absorbed by the Phlebia, leaving only a "shadow" behind. Or is it the Stereum that's eating the Phlebia? I will keep checking on these fungi to see who eats whom.

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What

Pink Sallow (Psectraglaea carnosa)

Observer

cesarcastillo

Date

October 25, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

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What

Bigtooth Aspen (Populus grandidentata)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

It's my first time seeing/noticing extrafloral nectaries on the P. grandidentata leaves (last few photos).

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What

Mossy Rose Gall Wasp (Diplolepis rosae)

Observer

joedziewa

Date

October 22, 2022 03:33 PM EDT

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

This moth somehow ended up in my apartment. Temperatures being in the 30s this evening, it was a smart move.

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What

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

At 42 degrees Fahrenheit, the lanternflies were all in a torpor of some sort or they were dying from the cold. A few barely moved a leg or two. Some didn't move at all. They were clinging onto the trees, but when I took them in my fingers, they were mostly motionless and stiff. This particular lanternfly opened its wings to display the beautiful red inner markings. Perhaps that was her way of sending me an aposematic warning, saying "don't eat me!"

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What

Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

Some sort of a witch's broom at the end of a twig

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Observer

zitserm

Date

October 27, 2022 09:15 AM EDT

Description

Leafmine on Eubotrys racemosa

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What

Bristly Greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

Observer

ccantley

Date

November 2022

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What

Mesostigs (Order Mesostigmata)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 12, 2022 11:35 AM EST

Description

A glossy, dark brown critter, with pale hairs covering the posterior of the body. It looks like the creature had long, branched antennae. This tiny mite was wandering on an Eastern White Pine log. I saw this mite bump into a Dicyrtomina minuta springtail. The encounter did not seem friendly, as the larger mite propelled the springtail away from him with great speed.

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Observer

tombigelow

Date

November 13, 2022 01:46 PM EST

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What

Giraffe Spots (Peniophora albobadia)

Observer

tombigelow

Date

November 13, 2022 02:13 PM EST

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Observer

tombigelow

Date

November 13, 2022 02:46 PM EST

Description

P. velutina?

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What

Swamp Loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 13, 2022 04:11 PM EST
Insects

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What

Insects (Class Insecta)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 13, 2022 02:30 PM EST

Description

Pellets of wood debris extruding from the round holes in this decorticated log

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What

Wet Rot (Coniophora puteana)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 12, 2022 11:59 AM EST

Description

Ochre colored effused crust on a decorticated Pinus strobus (Eastern White Pine) log. The crust surface is warty and has a pale outer margin. KOH reaction orange. Stains brown when scratched.

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 13, 2022 04:25 PM EST

Description

Dicyrtomina minuta springtails appeared to be feasting on this jelly fungus (Naematelia aurantia, aka "Golden ear", I think)

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 12, 2022 01:39 PM EST

Description

Possibly C. depraedans. This fungus uses a fairly wide variety of hosts, including Acer and Quercus. Here we see bull's eye leafspots on Quercus montana.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267203842_Cristulariella_depraedans_as_causal_agent_of_leaf_spots_of_maple_and_other_trees_and_shrubs

One of the key characteristics to look for when identifying C. depraedans are the tiny propagules, which can be seen under a hand lens. I did not look at these leaf spots with a hand lens, so these could be something else...

https://gallformers.org/gall/3242

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What

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Observer

joedziewa

Date

June 11, 2021 01:46 PM UTC

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What

Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 12, 2022 01:09 PM EST

Description

Alongside many young Quercus montana.

Stellate hairs on leaf abaxial surface.

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What

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 12, 2022 01:15 PM EST

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What

Jelly Spot Fungus (Dacrymyces stillatus)

Observer

alan_rockefeller

Date

January 21, 2017

Description

On a Pinus radiata cone.

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What

True Oysters (Family Ostreidae)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 5, 2021 05:37 PM EDT

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 11, 2022 08:17 AM EST

Description

On a well decayed Sweet birch log. Yellow springtails, Dicyrtomina minuta, were exploring the turquoise elf cups.

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Observer

tombigelow

Date

November 6, 2022 02:23 PM EST

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Observer

tombigelow

Date

November 6, 2022 02:49 PM EST

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What

Bitter Wart Lichen (Lepra amara)

Observer

ccantley

Date

November 2022

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What

Doghobble (Genus Leucothoe)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 20, 2021 12:25 PM EST

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What

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Observer

brennafarrell

Date

November 6, 2022 04:59 PM EST

Description

A lot of crow were flying all around and being very vocal.

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What

Dusky Slugs (Subgenus Mesarion)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

Mating

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What

Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 10, 2022 06:52 PM EST

Description

Tiny fungi (3-4 mm long) on some debris in my plant pot, in soil that I took from the woods

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 9, 2022 08:32 AM EST

Description

Bruises a dark maroon brown when rubbed
On the cut end of a very well decayed hardwood

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What

Oakleaf Cup (Rutstroemia sydowiana)

Observer

ethancrenson

Date

November 3, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

Description

On an oak leaf stem. Found by Ike. Spores are reniform 12-14.5 x 5.5-6.3µm. Asci 112 x 13µm, IKI+. Paraphyses with brown pigmentation in some cases, septate, width around 2.5-3µm.

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What

American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 8, 2022 08:10 AM EST

Description

I believe these are American sweetgum seeds.

The sound of the little seeds raining down every time the wind blew sounded like sleet. There were several large American sweetgums growing around the perimeter of the vernal pool

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What

American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 8, 2022 08:25 AM EST

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What

Swamp Loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 7, 2022 08:21 AM EST

Description

Swamp loosestrife seeds, which I originally thought might be either a fungus or some tiny mollusk shells. They were all over the roots of the Swamp loosestrife, as well as on the nearby decaying logs.

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What

Orange Polypore Mould (Hypomyces aurantius)

Observer

tombigelow

Date

November 5, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

Description

growing on a resupinate polypore

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What

Scarlet Waxcrust (Phlebia coccineofulva)

Observer

tombigelow

Date

November 5, 2022 01:26 PM EDT

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What

Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 6, 2022 04:26 PM EST

Description

The fuchsia color of the Sourwood leaves is stunning. I went out to photograph this tree before the color is gone. From down below, one sees mostly the undersides of the leaves, which have a pink hue to them, but from above, the leaves are a vinaceous or burgundy color to bright fuchsia color. The last photo shows a Black Tupelo leaf (Nyssa sylvatica) on the left and a Sourwood leaf on the right.

This tree gets its name "Sourwood" from the fact that the leaves taste sour. Chewing the leaves can alleviate thirst according to a couple of online sources I've read. Swallowing the leaves is not recommended, as they are a laxative.

https://www.eattheweeds.com/sourwood/

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What

Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 6, 2022 08:45 AM EST

Description

Resting on a Porcelain berry vine. A gravid female as evidenced by the swollen abdomen and the red valvifers at the distal end of the abdomen. The orange dots near the eyes are shortened antennae.

A wasp stopped briefly to say hello to the lanternfly and then flew away.

https://nysipm.cornell.edu/environment/invasive-species-exotic-pests/spotted-lanternfly/spotted-lanternfly-ipm/biology-life-cycle-identification-and-dispersion/

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 6, 2022 10:17 AM EST

Description

Fruiting bodies, at last, after almost three years of searching! On a decaying Sweet birch (Betula lenta) branch

Long, segmented spores.

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 5, 2022 01:26 PM EDT

Description

Thanks to @tombigelow for showing me this cool fungus . It was growing on the underside of a log

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What

Scarlet Waxcrust (Phlebia coccineofulva)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 5, 2022 01:54 PM EDT

Description

Thanks to @tombigelow for showing me this beautiful crust

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What

River Cane (Arundinaria gigantea)

Observer

ccantley

Date

November 2022

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What

Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

Small round holes in a Green ash twig

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What

Crown Whitefly (Aleuroplatus coronata)

Observer

leptonia

Date

October 29, 2022 03:34 PM PDT

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What

Red-banded Fungus Beetle (Megalodacne fasciata)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

Either M. fasciata or M. heros

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What

Bonnets (Genus Mycena)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

On a fallen Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

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Observer

bjoerns

Date

November 1, 2022 03:42 PM CET

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Observer

megachile

Date

November 1, 2022 03:30 PM AST

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Observer

megachile

Date

November 1, 2022 03:30 PM AST

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Observer

jonathan_mack

Date

August 12, 2022 10:46 AM EDT

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What

False Death-Cap (Amanita citrina)

Observer

sigridjakob

Date

October 31, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

Description

Smells of raw potatoes

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Observer

brennafarrell

Date

October 29, 2022 05:03 PM EDT

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

I've never seen so many of these springtails in one spot. I often see them after it rains on logs, especially on crust fungi such as Biscogniauxia atropunctata. In this case, there was a large colony of them covering this young Eastern White Pine.

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Observer

zitserm

Date

November 3, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

Description

Next to some tiny Molissia fungi on a decaying log

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What

Arion Slugs (Genus Arion)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

I may have missed the two slugs mating. At this point, one of the slugs was following the other, and perhaps eating the slime.

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What

Mauve Bonnet (Mycena meliigena)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

This observation is about the tiny mushroom next to the Spring peeper on the tree trunk. I believe the tree was an American sweetgum.

For more photos of the Spring peeper see: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/140834329

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What

Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 2022

Description

This cute Spring peeper was just resting on the trunk of an American sweetgum, right next to a tiny mushroom (Mycena meligeena). A broad faced sac spider walked by, as well.

For the mushroom, see:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/140834316

For the spider, see:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/140834304

Fungi

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What

Fungi Including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 1, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

Description

Tiny gray discs on an Armillaria rhizomorph. I suspect it's another fungus. There was also Trichoderma viride growing there

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What

Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Observer

sadawolk

Date

October 31, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

Description

The tree with the bee hive survived the remediation!

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What

Late Boneset (Eupatorium serotinum)

Observer

sadawolk

Date

October 31, 2022 12:56 PM EDT
Fungi

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What

Fungi Including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)

Observer

zitserm

Date

November 1, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

Description

Tiny brown strands with yellow heads, growing on the bark of a fallen Tulip tree

Photos / Sounds

Date

October 31, 2022 01:07 PM EDT

Description

Better lighting today

Photos / Sounds

Observer

zitserm

Date

September 11, 2021 01:30 PM EDT

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What

Leathery Knotweed (Polygonum achoreum)

Observer

s_hunter

Date

August 25, 2021 07:41 AM MDT

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What

Maple Mildew (Sawadaea bicornis)

Observer

zitserm

Date

October 31, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

Description

Powdery mildew on Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)

Photos / Sounds

Observer

tombigelow

Date

October 30, 2022 01:08 PM EDT