Sunday, September 21, 2008


Beggartick, originally uploaded by Ontario Wanderer.

According to one source that I read this morning the seeds of the beggartick are so prone to attaching themselves to passing animals that even "migrating salamanders" have seeds attached to them. (Meanwhile, I did not know that salamanders migrated. I wonder from where to where. Anybody know?)

We have two species of beggartick growing on our property but this one is from the Royal Botanical Gardens.


Anonymous said...

Preliminary (very) research indicates that the salamanders migrate from one side of the road to the other. Perhaps patterning that chicken?

Ontario Wanderer said...

Thank you Anonymous. Now the next question is why is the Beggartick growing on the roadsides. Maybe fertilized by dead salamanders?

Seabrooke said...

They probably mean the spring and fall migration of some salamanders between their breeding sites in forest pools and their overwintering sites deeper in the forest under the litter.