Mating Cercopia

Mating cercopia moths.
I spotted these moths at the bio-station in Pellston, mi
a lady there was raising them for release into the wild.
She told me that after the females emerge from their cocoon
that they do not fly, but they fan their wings to spread their pheromones
into the air to attract a mate.  Soon after mating the female lays her eggs
then dies.

According to wikipedia the cercopia moth is the largest moth in North America



Dog Vomit!

Dog vomit slime mold

Gay Wings


Genus: Polygala paucifolia
Common name: Gay Wings
Family: Polygalaceae

Lobed hepatica along the White Oak Canyon trail at Shenandoah National park, Virginia last week.

Evening Primrose

Photo by Josie Cooke taken in the Smoky Mountains

From the genus Oenothera in the Onagraceae family Commonly called the Evening primrose family.  

Leaves form a basal rosette at ground level and spiral up to the flowering stems; the leaves are dentate or deeply lobed (pinnatifid). The flowers of many species open within less than a minute in the evening, hence the name “evening-primrose”, most are yellow.  (wikipedia)

“Young roots can be eaten like a vegetable (with a peppery flavor), or the shoots can be eaten as a salad” (Wikipedia)   I’ve also found that the flowers are edible as well in a few wild edibles books.  I have tried them.  They are a sweet treat.

Dead Man’s Fingers

Xylaria polymorpha common name Dead Mans fingers

This fungus enjoys growing on rotting logs.  Typically grows in clusters.
Older specimen turn black in age, giving them their common name
“dead man’s fingers”

“Polymorpha” means many forms, representing the differing
shape and sizes.

This Funji is not edible.

From the class ascomycetes, meaning sac funji
which is the same class of mushrooms as Morels!


Myosotis scorpiodes (True Forget-me-not)

I found this flower in August along a riverbank in Manistee

It’s a small wildflower with lance shaped leaves alternated on the stem, almost grass looking.   Sometimes called scorpion grass for the way the flower stem uncoils as the flowers open.  It produces stick tight seeds that attach to your sock. This is a Non-native species.

I have not found anything on edibility or medicinal qualities.