Posts Tagged 'flowers'

Some Recent Sightings

Hirundo rusticaBarn Swallow (Hirundo rustica): this is a Brooklyn bird, but this is a cosmopolitan species; Eurasian specimens, which I saw most days recently in the UK, have generally longer tails and brighter colors.leafcutterThe clean work of a leaf-cutter bee on Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), one of their favorite plants. If you’re a gardener, you should be proud to be hosting these bees, who line their nests with plant fragments. MegachilidaeHere’s one of these Megachilidae family bees on that pollinator-magnet Milkweed (Asclepias). Note that hairy underside of the abdomen: they gather pollen here. OrthopteraA young (early instar) grasshopper, and a much more ragged edge of leaf-munching. The short antennae are a quick distinguishing mark from their Orthoptera cousins, the katydids.katydidThese antenna are more than twice the length of this katydid’s body. Sterna hirundoA Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), a NYC harbor nester, fishing from the pier.


While I was away, the milkweeds of Brooklyn all came out. Some of them in Brooklyn Bridge Park are nearly as tall as I am. But here is my favorite, Butterfly Weed, which usually stays pretty close to the ground: Asclepias tuberosaAsclepias tuberosa.

NYC WildFlower Week

Stylophorum diphyllumWoodland Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), a.k.a. Celandine Poppy. Last day of NYCWFW, with three events.

NYC Wildflower Week: Golden Alexanders

Zizia aureaZizia aurea. Check out the “faunal associations,” the animals that pollinate, eat, breed on, etc., listed on this species account: bees, wasps, butterflies, true bugs…. Blooming now. NYCWFW.

NYC Wildflower Week: Spiderwort

TradescantiaTradescantia, whose common name is another of those not-quite lost to history ones: the sap on a cut stem becomes thready, like spider silk. There are two species which readily hybridize. We think this is T. ohiensis. Blooming now and into July. NYCWFW.

NYC Wildflower Week: Geranium

Geranium maculatum Geranium maculatum “Espresso” or Wild Geranium, cultivated for espresso-colored leaves. NYCWFW. All over Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 now.

NYC Wildflower Week: Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum biflorumPolygonatum biflorum, Smooth Solomon’s Seal, really demands an explanation of its common name. Two theories: the circular seal shapes on the rhizome, or the wound sealing properties of the plant. Either way, enjoy them in bloom now at Brooklyn Bridge Park, especially at the base of the bouncy bridge. Note the pollinators trying to crawl up the hanging flowers.NYCWFW.


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