To The Woods …

We finally had a sunny day, so Buffy and I went to the woods at Stone Face.

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The caddisfly is a small moth-like insect. Their larvae collect whatever they can and bind it together for a protective case to grow in.  These were 1/4 inch long at the most. They will continue adding on until they’re full grown.

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Water movement and the resulting moving reflections always fascinate me.


Every time I see these two trees, I wish they were in my backyard. Grandkids would have a lot of fun with them. Wildlife probably couldn’t resist them either.

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Corky warts on bark of a hackberry tree look like a city of futuristic buildings.


I was unable to identify the shelf fungi. It had a smooth surface underneath.

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Obviously, this tree stood out! I have no idea what removed all the bark almost to the top of it. There were only a few small limbs at the top of the tree.

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The bark pieces at the base of the tree would’ve been only a small fraction of what was removed. It had to have been a determined mammal! This translates to a lot of bark removed and transported to ???

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Somehow this nondescript moss and script lichen caught my attention. Is the script lichen a messenger for the plant world?

10 responses to this post.

  1. I think the fungus might be a white maze polypore (Trametes elegans.) I wouldn’t be surprised if a porcupine ate the bark off that tree. They do like bark!


  2. Beautiful captures of woodland marvels!


  3. Great walk & discoveries! I love the water movement shot, it is gorgeous. The tree missing the bark is fascinating, makes me wonder what mammal did it too!


    • One follower said porcupines strip bark like that. We don’t have them in Illinois. What got me was the amount of bark that was missing. There was very little at the base of the tree.


  4. Posted by Joe on March 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Pretty sure you have a dead ash tree that has died due to the emerald ash borer insect. You can see the exit holes and tunnels under the removed bark. The woodpeckers here in Pennsylvania have been stripping the bark like this for a couple years now, looking for any remaining insects.


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