These wild plums are ripe. Birds eat them and scatter the seeds creating more wild plum trees.
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The north end of the road swelters in the sun.
This murder of crows seems agitated.
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Now it's the oats that have been cut and left to dry.
Solomon's seal berries are initially green, but will eventually become dark blue-violet.
Soft or Velvety Goldenrod (Solidago mollis) is a native plant. I base my identification on the
way the alternate leaves have more major leaf veins than just one.
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Canadian Tiger Swallowtails have the following characteristics: 1) the yellow marginal spot
band on the front wing below is continuous, while in the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail these are
broken into distinct spots (Unfortunately, some Canadian Tiger Swallowtails may have some
distinct spots and the lighting may make it appear as if they are seperate as in the top
photo on the right where the yellow spots on the top of the wing show through and may make
it appear to be distinct spots underneath.); and 2) the broad, black line on the trailing
margin of the hind wing is at least half way to the first vein, in the Eastern this is
less than half way, and in fact it is often much less than half way in Eastern Tiger
Swallowtails that I have seen.
Bumblebee on Canadian thistle.