Flowers, Timber and Indicators This Week


Water beads on wax begonia, 17 July 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

22 July 2023

Apart from a number of thunderstorms it’s been a quiet week in Pittsburgh.

On the Cathedral of Studying the backyard beds are stunning with begonias whereas the peregrines, Carla and Ecco, hang around and end molting. The pair is not courting however typically bow collectively — lower than as soon as a day in late July.

Carla (on left) bows with Ecco on the Cathedral of Studying, 20 July 2023 (picture from the National Aviary snapshot camera at Univ of Pittsburgh)

On Thursday I used to be fortunate to search out the right combination of solar and shade to indicate off jap enchanter’s nightshade’s (Circaea canadensis) bur-like fruits. They’re notoriously troublesome to {photograph}.

Enchanter’s nightshade close to Herr’s Island, Pittsburgh, 20 July 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

On 13 July a quick storm blew via Pittsburgh and broke this greater than 100 12 months previous London aircraft tree close to Carnegie Library.

London aircraft tree at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh damaged by sturdy wind on 13 July 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

In the meantime noticed lanternfly (SLF) purple nymphs are in all places, quickly to develop into winged adults. I discovered hundreds of them alongside the Allegheny River Path close to Herr’s Island plus three adults, the primary I’ve seen this 12 months. This winged grownup in all probability simply emerged from the crumpled exoskeleton above it. Eewwww!

Noticed lanternfly grownup close to purple nymphs on the Three Rivers Rowing Affiliation constructing, 20 July 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

Just a few folks alongside the path had been stamping on the nymphs and might need been recording their victories within the Squishr app (described here by WHYY). Nonetheless, as Howard Tobias remarked a number of weeks in the past, “Tramping on noticed lanternflies is like making an attempt to empty the ocean with a spoon.”

Are you upset by the bugs? Go hit the Panic Button at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh within the Foremost department Music Division, 2nd ground. This Panic Button, constructed right into a bookcase, was once a part of the previous safety system however was disconnected a long time in the past. Press it to your coronary heart’s content material. Very satisfying.

The Panic Button at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (picture by Kate St. John)

And don’t neglect to …

Affirm your paperwork? Or throw it within the bin? at Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, 19 July 2023 (picture by Kate St. John)

(images by Kate St. John)

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