On a Morning in July


Beaded water on a bug-eaten leaf, Frick Park, 4 July 2023 (photograph by Kate St. John)

8 July 2023

This week on Fourth of July morning, the birds have been fairly good at Frick Park however the flowers, bugs and an incredible mushroom have been even higher.

Humidity beaded the sting of a leaf whereas a fantastic spangled fritillary* (Speyeria cybele) ate up butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). (* see the feedback. This is likely to be a distinct fritillary than what I wrote.)

Nice spangled fritillary, Frick Park, 4 July 2023 (photograph by Kate St. John)

A spider hid among the many wingstem leaves.

Spider hiding on wingstem, Frick Park, 4 July 2023 (photograph by Kate St. John)

A Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) had woven itself by a chainlink fence. Regardless of its invasive nature, American goldfinches love its seeds.

Canada thistle weaves by a chainlink fence, Frick Park, 4 July 2023 (photograph by Kate St. John)

This mushroom actually caught our consideration alongside the 9 Mile Run Path. I believe it’s a wooden ear mushroom, Auricularia species, whose “ears” seem like they’re made from jelly.

Wooden ear fungi, Auricularia species, Frick Park, 4 July 2023 (photograph by Kate St. John)

If you already know what mushroom that is — or if I’ve misidentified something — please go away a remark with the reply.

(pictures by Kate St. John)

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