Solidago, Soldiers and Chemical Warfare

Solidago, if you’re not familiar with the name, is the genus of plants commonly known as Goldenrods.  With their clusters of yellow flowers and around a hundred difficult to distinguish species, they are nearly ubiquitous here in the Ozarks from August into November.  Many hay fever sufferers mistakenly blame goldenrods for their misery (ragweed is really […]

Current River Tigers

Cataract Landing on the Current River is a little out-of-the-way, fifteen twisty, up-and-down miles south of Van Buren.  Once you get there, don’t expect any amenities.  A gravel boat ramp and a few parking spaces is all you’ll find.  But just upstream of the boat ramp is a lovely sand and gravel bar without much vegetation.  […]

What Lurks in the Night? II

Some more denizens of the night that came to the black light and stayed until daylight, starting with the moths:


What Lurks in the Night?

It was very warm tonight, into the 70s, which well above normal for April in the Ozarks. It had the insects out though so I decided to hang the black light and leave it out over night. These were still present this morning and I’ve labeled all of them that I have managed to […]

Back at Watercress Park

It’s Monday, so that means I spent my lunch hour walking around Watercress. I found a few new blooms including American Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia,)