Great Garden Gall

Fran Robinson (Class of 2018) sent this photo of a gall on her white crownbeard (Verbesina virginica) plant.  This gall likely is the handiwork of a gall midge (Neolasioptera verbesinae).  Its species name, verbesinae, speaks to its fidelity to the genus Verbesina.…

Long-tailed skipper

On our walk on 10-25-2015 at the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail, Nancy Soucy (Class of 2010) pointed out lots of butterflies and wildflowers. One of the most abundant & evident sign-of-fall wildflowers was the large, pollinator-attracting white crownbeard (Verbesina virginica).…

Nancy’s Walk

Nancy Soucy (Class of 2010) led a wonderful walk at the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail for Carolyn Aldhizer, Linda & Sam Chancellor, Ralph Johansen, Ellen Melvin & guest, Phillip & Joan Mercer, Karen Naples, Marylou Rethman & guest, Jean 'JJ'…

Very Verbesina

Each fall the frostweed (Verbesina virginica) flowers fabulously. Pollinators flock to it. At Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, this plant, which dies back to the ground in the winter, was beginning to set seed in September... Flowering was especially prolific…