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,)

Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

and (Lyre-leaf Sage (Salvia lyrata.)

But the find of the day came from under a log along the spring branch.

A Rove Beetle for sure, I believe to be Philonthus politus. Bugguide only has widely separated entries from New Egland and Iowa, so their range data is obviously incomplete at this point and Missouri could certainly fall within the species range.

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