Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Trilliums and Tickbites
Just for the record, I found this spring's first Red Trillium today, and also had the first tick of the season pulled from my head this morning. Too bad this Wake Robin (another name for Red Trillium) seems to signal the waking of critters other than robins. Time to break out the DEET.
Here was another critter scrambling about the leaf litter today. I sure wish it feasted on ticks, but unfortunately, these Green Stink Bugs are vegetarians and eat only fruits and vegetables.
Field Horsetail Reeds are also up and in "flower" -- or at least, the fertile stalks are. I only saw these pallid spore-producing stalks (called strobili), which will wither and disappear once their spores are dispersed, and none of the bright-green sterile stems, which will grow and thrive through the summer, creating whole miniature forests of feathery green.