Mid-August Wildflowers and Things Nearby

Natural History Observations for mid to late August.

Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta).

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis), alternate view.

Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on a monarda.

Sachem (Atalopedes campestris) feeding on a monarda.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), black form female.

Blue-Lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus).

Blue-Lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus).

Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

Blue Heron (Ardea herodias).

Two basking Northern Water Snakes (Nerodia sipedon).

Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis).

Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris).

Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata). 

Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis).

New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis).

Maryland Butterfly Pea (Clitoria mariana).

Hercules Club, aka Devil’s Walking Stick (Aralia spinosa) in flower.

Sweet Pepperbush (Cletha alnifolia).

Wingstem (Verbesina alternifloia).

American Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata).

Groundnut (Apios americana).

Climbing Hempweed (Mikania scandens).

Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans), the orange flowers and seed pods, mixed with Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora), not to be confused with the very similar Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana).  The non-native clematis has rounded leaves without teeth, and the native clematis has more angular leaves with teeth.  If you look closely at the photo, you will note the rounded leaves of the non-native.

Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens campensis).