Sunday, July 17, 2005
Choke Cherries, etc.
I went out for a brief stroll with our dog, Calla, between rainstorms this afternoon and found the first Choke Cherry shrub (Prunus serotina) with red berries. Most of the others have green berries that have barely started to turn colour. A quick taste confirmed that they were indeed Choke Cherries. Nothing else causes the mouth to pucker up so quickly.
It won't be long before every walk in wooded areas in this part of the country will result in one's legs being covered with little green bur-like seeds. They are the seeds of Enchanter's Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana). The hooked hairs on the seeds also collect water as can be seen in this photo. Who knew that such a pesty thing could also be so beautiful?
On the last part of the walk, I found this Green Lacewing on a Milkweed leaf. At least that is what I think it is as it looks like the one on the California Bug People web site.