Mylitta Crescent

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The mylitta crescent (Phyciodes mylitta) is a butterfly found in fields, meadows, along roadsides and fence rows and in vacant lots west of the Rocky Mountains. Closely allied to the checkerspots (see “Chalcedon Checkerspot Butterfly” 06-20-12) but smaller, mylitta crescents … Continue reading

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Grand Collomia

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As the Winter Solstice approaches, time for a little color. I like the grand collomia (Collomia grandiflora) for its light salmon to white flowers and its blue pollen. This native annual is found in dry, open or slightly wooded mountain … Continue reading

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Jelly Tooth

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Toothed fungi (Hydnaceae) bear their spores on downward-pointing spines or “teeth” instead of on gills or pores.  The true tooth fungi are fleshy to brittle in texture. One of the gelatinous jelly fungi (Tremellales) also has a toothed spore-bearing surface. … Continue reading

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Great Basin Wood-nymph

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This morning we woke to the first snow of the season in Northeastern California – rather late this year. The white landscape is beautiful, however, a butterfly might add a little warmth to a chilly day. The common name for … Continue reading

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Orange Earth Tongue

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One more mushroom from along Burney Creek in McArthur-Burney Falls State Park (CA) and then on to other topics: Orange Earth Tongue (Microglossum rufum) is a small mushroom with an orange to yellow club-shaped fruiting body. The enlarged, fertile “head” … Continue reading

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Jellied Bird’s Nest Fungi

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Two bird’s nest fungi belonging to the genus Nidula are common in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California where we live – wooly birdsnest fungus (Nidula niveotomentosa) and jellied bird’s nest fungus (Nidula candida). My last post, “Bird’s Nest Fungi” … Continue reading

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Bird’s Nest Fungi

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One of the things that amazes me are the various forms and shapes found among fungi or mushrooms. Bird’s nest fungi, although very small and often overlooked, actually do look like tiny bird’s nests. Measured in millimeters, bird’s nest fungi … Continue reading

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