We found two woodland wildflowers in bloom yesterday on Staten Island:Trout Lily, a.k.a. Yellow Adder’s Toungue (!) Erythronium americanum. Lots of these handsome, mottled leaves poking out of the carpet of leaf litter. Note that the particular plants above are single-leaf. It’s the ones with two leaves that produce a flower:A buzz of insects were flying around these blooms:and several of these Red-necked False Blister beetles (Asclera ruficollis – h/t to Bug Guide) were sticking to them.
And this is the eponymous Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica. Quintessential wildflower: small — about 3/4ths inch long — and with its pink lines, lovely.
Thanks to wildflower maven Marielle Anzelone for identifying these for me. Also saw Blue Cohosh and Virginia Waterleaf, both of which are rare for the city, but neither was yet in bloom.