Quiz #112: Fungus

I found these fungi growing on the stump remains of an Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). Name the species of fungus. (Photographed in western Maine in early June, 2010.)

Photo of Quiz #112: Fungus

Here’s a close up of one of the fruiting bodies.

Photo of Quiz #112: Fungus

I’ll reveal the answer on Monday. For now, leave your guesses in the comments below.

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Terns: Common Tern

Photo of Common Terns

Common Terns are by far the most numerous tern species in New England. In Maine, the majority of Common Terns nest in colonies on off-shore islands, where mammal predation and human disturbance is at a minimum and small fish are plentiful. Continue reading

Terns: Least Tern

Least Terns are the smallest of Maine’s five species of breeding terns. They typically nest on beaches, and face many of the same challenges as Piping Plovers. Indeed, both species are listed as endangered by the state of Maine. I know of two nesting colonies here in York County, Maine: one at the mouth of the Little River, which separates Wells and Kennebunk, and another on Stratton Island (~3 miles east of Old Orchard Beach).

Photo of Least Terns

This juvenile Least Tern is doing his/her best to blend in with the sand and rocks, while an alert adult looks on. Continue reading

Dragonflies: Calico Pennant

Photo of Calico Pennant (immature male)

Calico Pennants (Celithemis elisa) are colorful dragonflies who forage over fields and near wetlands. Often times, they will perch on the tips of grass stalks (or other leafy plants), where they sometimes allow a close approach. Males are red and black; females and immature males are black and yellow. Continue reading