Posts Tagged ‘moist’

A Slimy Resident

I found this slug on a leaf of a Solomon’s seal plant.

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A slug is a snail without a shell.

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Slugs live underground where they can remain moist.

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They feed on tender leaves, seedlings, soft fruit, fungus and decaying matter. They breathe through the “hole” in its shell called a mantle.

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Birds, toads and ground beetles are a few of the predators that eat them.

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Slugs are one thing I rarely see, and I wouldn’t have seen this one if it wasn’t for the wet weather.

Cranefly Orchid

Buffy and I were hiking through the woods on a short trip to get out of the house. I would’ve overlooked these five leaves if I hadn’t known that they were orchid leaves.

IMG_8171 red  Cranefly orchid (Tipularia discolor) leaves remain green through the winter and wilt before the plants flower in the fall.

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The purplish underside is a distinguishing feature for identifying them. The dark spots resulted from the cold winter weather.

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Petite describes the flowers. Obviously, they aren’t showy and do blend in with their surroundings. They grow in moist woodlands. Flowering stalks grow to 10 cm to 60 cm tall.

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Seeing an orchid in any stage is exciting.