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species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-mssmblueteam-2014-08-28 MSSMBlueTeam Limestone 2014-08-28 13:00:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/mssmblueteam/img_0011.jpg sites/default/files/mssmblueteam/img_0005_0.jpg Limestone Pond Purple loosestrife sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/mssmblueteam/img_0006_0.jpg This picture shows the smooth, lanced-shaped leaves in either an opposite or whirled arrangement. sites/default/files/mssmblueteam/img_0006_1.jpg This photo also shows the square stem with small hairs on it. sites/default/files/mssmblueteam/img_0007.jpg This photo shows the purple flowers, with a darker shade at the bottom with a yellow in the middle. While looking around Limestone, Maine for our science class, we found a patch of purple flowers with an average of 5 petals on square, hairy stems in a developed area of town. Upon further examination, we saw that this plant had smooth edged, lance-shaped leaves of approximately 5.5 centimeters in either an opposite or whirled arrangement. This fits the description of the Purple Loostrife, an invasive species.
species-galerucella-was-not-found-joan-2014-08-22 Joan Portland 2014-08-22 14:00:00 Galerucella beetle Galerucella I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/joan/061.jpg sites/default/files/joan/067.jpg Under the Bridge, Commercial Street sites/default/files/species_photos/221.jpg sites/default/files/joan/065.jpg Herbivory, insect munching evidence, is evident on this leaf, but I did not see the beetle itself. sites/default/files/joan/071.jpg The only evidence of insects I found included a bumble working on the flower buds of the Purple Loosestrife. sites/default/files/joan/068.jpg If you had incredible observation you might find the ant also amongst the Purple Loosestrife. Again, NO BEETLES at all in the quadrat area. big urban area 18 meters by 14 meters under the "Million Dollar Bridge". Looking for Galerucella beetle introduced to control Purple Loosestrife, an invasive species to Maine.
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-selena-2014-08-22 Selena Portland 2014-08-22 14:00:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/selena/image.jpg sites/default/files/selena/image_0.jpg Under the Bridge, Commercial Street sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/selena/image_1.jpg Clusters of purple flowers with 5 petals. Flowers are approx. 1 cm wide and cluster is approximately 15-20 cm long. sites/default/files/selena/image_3.jpg Narrow leaves that are approx. 5-10 cm long. Leaves are simple and opposite or whorled. sites/default/files/selena/image_2.jpg Square stems (approx. 1 m) that branch alternately. We explored a sloping hill under the bridge on Commercial St. The site was approximately 18 meters by 14 meters. About 20 percent of the site is covered with purple loosestrife. Lots of cattails also present.
species-popillia-japonica-was-not-found-christinev-2014-08-22 christinev Portland 2014-08-22 14:00:00 Japanese beetle Popillia japonica I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/christinev/site.jpg sites/default/files/christinev/method.jpg Under the Bridge, Commercial Street sites/default/files/species_photos/popillia_japonica.jpg sites/default/files/christinev/loosestrife_leaf.jpg I saw lots of holes in the loosestrife leaves but I didn't find what was eating it. I wonder if it's Japanese beetle or Galerucella? But I didn't see either, so I don't know. sites/default/files/christinev/goldenrod_leaves.jpg I also looked at goldenrod and I saw a couple spots where it had been nibbled but not as much. That made me think maybe the holes on loosestrife were from Galerucella. sites/default/files/christinev/ant.jpg I also saw this ant on a flower. When I looked closely I saw a little hole on the petal. Do you see it? I know that pparent and his students think that Japanese beetles eat the flowers, so I would like to monitor this plant and see if I can find them eating it. We thought that the traffic was loud both on the bridge over our heads and on Commercial street below us. Our group was up the hill from the other group and our soil was not nearly as wet. The whole area was about 18m by 14m and loosestrife was throughout, thicker in some areas than others. I thought that the cattails in the area looked like they might both be broad-leaved and narrow-leaved cattails but I need to go back and look closely.
species-galerucella-was-not-found-charlotte-2014-08-22 Charlotte Portland 2014-08-22 14:00:00 Galerucella beetle Galerucella I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/charlotte/image_0.jpg sites/default/files/charlotte/image_6.jpg Under the Bridge, Commercial Street sites/default/files/species_photos/221.jpg sites/default/files/charlotte/image_7.jpg Although we saw a shot hole feeding pattern on the leaves of the plant, we did not see any beetles nor larvae. We did see 2 snails on the leaves of the purple loosestrife. Square stem was noted Purple flowers are visible Evidence of spreading Evidence of some herbivory
species-popillia-japonica-was-not-found-charlotte-2014-08-22 Charlotte Portland 2014-08-22 14:00:00 Japanese beetle Popillia japonica I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/charlotte/image_0.jpg sites/default/files/charlotte/image_4.jpg Under the Bridge, Commercial Street sites/default/files/species_photos/popillia_japonica.jpg sites/default/files/charlotte/image_5.jpg The plants were examined closely, we looked under the leaves as we'll, and there were no beetles to found. Square stem was noted Purple flowers are visible Evidence of spreading Evidence of some herbivory
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-charlotte-2014-08-22 Charlotte Portland 2014-08-22 14:00:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/charlotte/image_0.jpg sites/default/files/charlotte/image_2.jpg Under the Bridge, Commercial Street sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/charlotte/image_3.jpg Evidence of square stem Evidence of purple flowers Square stem was noted Purple flowers are visible Evidence of spreading Evidence of some herbivory
species-adelges-tsugae-was-not-found-efl-2014-08-20 EFL Unity, ME 2014-08-20 17:19:00 Hemlock wooly adelgid Adelges tsugae I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/efl/hemlock_forest_0.jpg sites/default/files/efl/woodlot_site_0.jpg Unity College Woodlot sites/default/files/species_photos/214.jpg sites/default/files/efl/big_hemlock.jpg The undersides of the hemlock branches are not covered in white wool. Tiny black nymphs were not observed on the undersides of the twigs. There was no obvious deterioration of the hemlock tree canopy. This study is being conducted in a mixed hemlock-hardwood forest. The plots in which observations are being made are dominated by hemlock trees which represent a minimum of 60% of the basal area of a 10 x 10 m plot. Other common tree species present include red maple, yellow birch, sugar maple, white pine, and American beech. There is relatively low understory diversity. Deer sign in the form of pellets and browse is present.
species-fallopia-japonica-was-found-dthomas-2014-08-18 dthomas Montville 2014-08-18 11:17:00 Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/dthomas/image.jpg sites/default/files/dthomas/image_5.jpg South side of Montville house sites/default/files/species_photos/210.jpg sites/default/files/dthomas/image_2.jpg The plants have a segmented stem with reddish spots. New shoots look like asparagus. The leaves are heart or shield-shaped and have reddish veins underneath. sites/default/files/dthomas/image_3.jpg sites/default/files/dthomas/image_4.jpg The study site is in a rural setting on a dirt road, with houses located approximately every 200 yards along the road. The habitat is a mixed deciduous forest that is well drained.
species-mytilus-edulus-was-found-fullmoonmermaids-2014-08-15 fullmoonmermaids portland 2014-08-15 14:17:00 Blue mussel Mytilus edulus I think I found it native sites/default/files/fullmoonmermaids/img_0625.jpg sites/default/files/fullmoonmermaids/img_0634.jpg little Chebeague sites/default/files/species_photos/611.jpg sites/default/files/fullmoonmermaids/img_0634_0.jpg shell is smooth the shell is attached to rocks It is bright green, and transclucent
species-hemigrapsus-sanguineus-was-found-goldenmolusks-2014-08-14 GoldenMolusks Casco bay, Maine 2014-08-14 14:27:00 Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0295.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0324_0.jpg Rocky Intertidal sites/default/files/species_photos/106.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0322.jpg -It has 3 spines The Asian Shore Crab (AKA Japanese Crab) is often found in Rocky Intertidal and is invasive to Maine.
species-carcinus-maenas-was-found-goldenmolusks-2014-08-14 GoldenMolusks Casco Bay, Maine 2014-08-14 14:18:00 Green crab Carcinus maenas I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0300.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0299.jpg Rocky Beach sites/default/files/species_photos/107.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0292.jpg -It has 5 spines and is invasive to Maine. The green crab often found in rocky intertidal.
species-cancer-irroratus-was-found-goldenmolusks-2014-08-11 GoldenMolusks Casco Bay Maine 2014-08-11 23:43:00 Rock crab Cancer irroratus I think I found it Native sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0286.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0282.jpg Little Chebuge sites/default/files/species_photos/616.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0282_0.jpg Often found under Rocks The Cancer irroratus also know as the rock crab is Native to maine and often found in rocky intertidal areas.
species-colpomenia-peregrina-was-not-found-julie-conroy-2014-08-11 Julie Conroy Portland, Maine 2014-08-11 03:05:00 Sea potato Colpomenia peregrina I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/julie_conroy/peaks_island_beach.jpeg sites/default/files/julie_conroy/julies_feet_with_seaweed.jpeg Sea Potato on Peaks Island, Portland sites/default/files/species_photos/sea_potato.jpg sites/default/files/julie_conroy/seaweed_2.jpeg While examining seaweed samples at high tide, only dried and dead seaweed were found floating in the water or lying on the beach. There were no samples visible of sea potato that looked like the brown-green algae on the seaweed or on the beach lying separated from the seaweed. The dried seaweed was black. sites/default/files/julie_conroy/seaweed_floating_just_below_water.jpeg At low tide, there was seaweed visible attached on the ocean floor, but floating just below the water level. No samples were found that looked like attached yellow brown or green bulbs. The seaweed was yellow brown. sites/default/files/julie_conroy/seaweed_1.jpeg At low tide, the seaweed located just under the water and attached to rock and dock pilings showed no visible yellow brown or brown green bulbs attached to the brown leafy seaweed.
species-balanus-spp-was-found-goldenmolusks-2014-08-08 GoldenMolusks Portland Maine 2014-08-08 19:56:00 Barnacle Balanus spp. I think I found it native sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0280.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0273.jpg Eastend Beach sites/default/files/species_photos/618.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0274.jpg Seen attached to rocks Resembles small craters only crustacean to remain in one place The Balanus Balanoides also know as Barnacle is native to Maine and often found in Rocky intertidal
species-carcinus-maenas-was-found-goldenmolusks-2014-08-08 GoldenMolusks Portland Maine 2014-08-08 19:38:00 Green crab Carcinus maenas I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0271.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0264.jpg Eastend Beach sites/default/files/species_photos/107.jpg sites/default/files/goldenmolusks/img_0261.jpg 5 Spines Very Fast Movement The Carcinus Maenas also know as the Green Crab is invasive to maine and often found in Rocky Intertidal areas. Green Crabs have 5 spines and very fast movement
species-hemigrapsus-sanguineus-was-found-royal-elephants-2014-08-08 Royal Elephants portland 2014-08-08 19:30:00 Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0663.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0668.jpg East End Rocky Beach sites/default/files/species_photos/106.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0704.jpg 1. square shell 2. Banded legs 3. spots on its claws 1. Small spiral end 2. Purplish-green color
species-littorina-littorea-was-found-royal-elephants-2014-08-08 Royal Elephants portland 2014-08-08 19:30:00 Common periwinkle Littorina littorea I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0663.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0663_1.jpg East End Rocky Beach sites/default/files/species_photos/103_0.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0663_0.jpg 1. brown 1. Small spiral end 2. Purplish-green color
species-ascophyllum-nodosum-was-found-royal-elephants-2014-08-08 Royal Elephants portland 2014-08-08 19:30:00 Knotted kelp Ascophyllum nodosum I think I found it Native sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0663.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0675.jpg East End Rocky Beach sites/default/files/species_photos/600.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0706.jpg 1. rubbery branches 2. egg wreck 1. Small spiral end 2. Purplish-green color
species-homarus-americanus-was-found-royal-elephants-2014-08-08 Royal Elephants portland 2014-08-08 19:30:00 Lobster Homarus americanus I think I found it native sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0663.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0672.jpg East End Rocky Beach sites/default/files/species_photos/621.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0673.jpg 1. long claw 2. orange shell color 1. Small spiral end 2. Purplish-green color
species-botrylloides-violaceus-was-found-royal-elephants-2014-08-08 Royal Elephants portland 2014-08-08 19:30:00 Orange sheath tunicate Botrylloides violaceus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0663.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0666.jpg East End Rocky Beach sites/default/files/species_photos/110.jpg sites/default/files/royal_elephants/img_0682.jpg 1.orange 2. 2 to 3 mm thick attached to rocks 1. Small spiral end 2. Purplish-green color
species-lythrum-salicaria-was-found-mcgannd-2014-08-08 mcgannd Limestone 2014-08-08 15:35:00 Purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/mcgannd/site_1.jpg sites/default/files/mcgannd/img_2094.jpg Limestone Pond sites/default/files/species_photos/015.jpg sites/default/files/mcgannd/flowers.jpg The pinkish purple flowers have 5 petals in clusters on a central stem or spike. The petals were not fused like in American Germander. sites/default/files/mcgannd/stem.jpg The stems are square and fuzzy which is a characteristic of purple loosestrife. Leaf arrangement is whorled. sites/default/files/mcgannd/leaf.jpg The lance-shaped leaves varied in length from 7-10cm. In contrast to the American Gernmander which has toothed leaves, the leaves of our plant had smooth margins. Christine made the initial observation while on a morning run along route 1A. We returned for further study. We saw five flowering stems with vibrant flowers at the edge of the pond. Four were nearly 2 meters tall. One was about 30 cm.
species-fallopia-sachalinensis-was-found-dorothy-foote-2014-08-06 Dorothy Foote Limestone ME 04750 2014-08-06 15:30:00 Giant knotweed Fallopia sachalinensis I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/dorothy_foote/img_1476.jpg sites/default/files/dorothy_foote/img_1472.jpg New research site. Rt 89 Limestone ME sites/default/files/species_photos/fallopia_sachalinensis.jpg sites/default/files/dorothy_foote/img_1473.jpg Flowers, leaf shape and size of plant sites/default/files/dorothy_foote/img_1479.jpg Hollow stem; raised bridge. Can see the node and inner node. sites/default/files/dorothy_foote/img_1475.jpg Very large leaves. See scale to person holding leaves! Cool partially sunny day, 70 degrees. Slightly overcast. Patch of Giant Knotweed dimensions 52.6 meters long, X 19.5 meters wide. Dense canopy. Biodiversity within patch quadrat 2. Number of stems, 25. Biodiversity in a 1m quadrat next to the patch of giant knotweed was 12. Team drove in search of knotweed after observing 2 previously researched sites. Found this patch on way to former Loring Airforce Base.
species-fallopia-japonica-was-found-melissam-2014-08-06 MelissaM Limestone 2014-08-06 15:13:00 Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/melissam/img_3772.jpg sites/default/files/melissam/img_3772_0.jpg Noyes Road sites/default/files/species_photos/210.jpg sites/default/files/melissam/img_3766.jpg Found leaves that are 12cm in length that are spade shaped with a narrow tip. The leaves have smooth edges, no hairs on the underside and are arranged alternately. This is not Giant Knotweed because the leaves are not heart shaped and are much smaller (12cm) vs (40cm) sites/default/files/melissam/img_3789.jpg As evidence we observed that the plant sample was more than 8' in height. This is a very dense growth area and when investigating inside the species site it was noted to have a very dense canopy. sites/default/files/melissam/img_3844.jpg When measuring the site we found it to have the main site on the road and five other smaller sites very close by as evidenced by the above drawing. The main growth area was measured at 24.0m X 8.8m, small site 1 is 2.14m X 2.47m, small site 2 is 4.9m X 4.0m, small site 3 is 11.7m X 7.1m, small site 4 is 3.4m X 5.6m, and finally small site 5 is 8.6m X 4.3m. Note that small site 5 also goes over a banking. We went to this site to follow up on last years (2013) study. This year we found that it seemed to have expanded to other areas within the general area of the original site. In the site sampling outside of the site we found 13 different species of plants and 2 different insects living there. In the site sample inside the site we found grass and 3 other species total. There were 18 live stems and 6 plus dead. There was a very dense canopy.
species-fallopia-sachalinensis-was-found-joelhiggins-2014-08-06 Joel_Higgins Limestone, Maine 2014-08-06 15:00:00 Giant knotweed Fallopia sachalinensis I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/joel_higgins/sitea.jpg sites/default/files/joel_higgins/img_0189.jpg Edge of a Field sites/default/files/species_photos/fallopia_sachalinensis.jpg sites/default/files/joel_higgins/e1a-jvh-gk.jpg This leaf measured 41 cm long and 25.5 cm wide. It is elongated and heart-shaped with smooth edges. It did have raised veins on the underside, but without a magnifier, it was difficult to see any short, thin, light-colored hairs growing from the raised veins. Because this leaf is so large, elongated, and heart-shaped, it is not an example of Japanese Knotweed, but does show characteristics of a Giant Knotweed leaf. sites/default/files/joel_higgins/e2-jvh-gk.jpg This photo, while not the best, does show a zig-sag stem with alternating leaves. sites/default/files/joel_higgins/e3b-jvh-gk.jpg This photo shows shows very tall plants with very few branches. It looks like a cave inside with a canopy overhead. We went to a previous site of what was identified as Giant Knotweed, located at the edge of a field in Limestone, Maine, to check on its condition and spread. The patch size of this plant species was 60 meters long and 22 meters wide. This patch was located on the boundary edge between two fields. A biodiversity count inside the patch showed 5 different species, while a biodiversity count outside the patch showed 12 different species. The ground inside the patch was really swampy with lots of dead matter. The patch was really a canopy of leaves with very few branches on each stem below the canopy.
species-carcinus-maenas-was-not-found-beachgirl-2014-08-06 BeachGirl Portland 2014-08-06 14:00:00 Green crab Carcinus maenas I think I did not find it Invasive sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.31.22.jpg sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.32.45_0.jpg Pier at GMRI sites/default/files/species_photos/107.jpg sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.44.37.jpg Whereas green crabs have 5 spines, the crab we caught has 8-10 spines. sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.35.58.jpg Whereas green crabs have thin and sharp claws, our crab had thick claws. sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.38.00.jpg Our crab has a rounded shell, whereas green crabs have a pentagonal shaped carapace. Posted for the Boise High National Ocean Sciences Bowl winners. We were happy because it is a nice day and we found one crab. The ocean smell on the dock and the sound of herring and greater black backed gulls is prominent. There were no green crabs in our trap as we hypothesized there would be.
species-cancer-irroratus-was-found-beachgirl-2014-08-06 BeachGirl Portland 2014-08-06 14:00:00 Rock crab Cancer irroratus I think I found it Native sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.31.22.jpg sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.32.45_1.jpg Pier at GMRI sites/default/files/species_photos/616.jpg sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.34.53.jpg Our crab has a fairly flat carapace and is rounded which is expected for a rock crab. sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.43.08.jpg Rock crabs are expected to have thin legs which our crab certainly has. sites/default/files/beachgirl/2014-08-06_10.44.37_0.jpg Our crab has pointed spines and the carapace flares out to the side matching the characteristics expected from a rock crab. Posted for the Boise High National Ocean Sciences Bowl winners. We were happy because it is a nice day and we found one crab. The ocean smell on the dock and the sound of herring and greater black backed gulls is prominent. There were no green crabs in our trap as we hypothesized there would be.
species-fallopia-japonica-was-found-mcgannd-2014-08-05 mcgannd Limestone 2014-08-05 14:26:00 Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/mcgannd/site.jpg sites/default/files/mcgannd/sampling.jpg Vacant lot near MSSM sites/default/files/species_photos/210.jpg sites/default/files/mcgannd/plant_evidence.jpg We found a large clump (10.4m x 9.2m) of thick bushes with a height of about 1.6 m. sites/default/files/mcgannd/plant_zigzag_stem.jpg Like Japanese Knotwood,the stem shows a zig-zag pattern where the spade-shaped leaves are alternately attached. None of the leaves have the heart shape at attachment which would be characteristic of Giant Knotweed. The leaves have smooth edges. sites/default/files/mcgannd/knotweed_034.jpg The leaf tips narrow abruptly. A large leaf is approximately 10cm long and 15cm wide. None approach the leaf size of Giant Knotweed. On this sunny day at the MSSM Stem Collaborative we revisited a nearby site where a knotweed had been identified in 2012. We were interested to find how the site compared to the earlier posting. To answer a question of biodiversity we inspected a quadrat within the cluster where we found three additional species. A nearby quandrat, where no knotweed was apparent, contained six different plant types.
species-securigera-varia-was-found-christinev-2014-08-04 christinev Limestone 2014-08-04 15:35:00 crownvetch Securigera varia I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/christinev/img_3707.jpg sites/default/files/christinev/img_3707_0.jpg MSSM campus sites/default/files/species_photos/crown_vetch.jpg sites/default/files/christinev/img_3724.jpg You can see here that the plant we found has compound pinnate leaves with small, smooth-edged, oval leaflets. The leaflets have small tips and are opposite. These are all characteristics of crown vetch. There are also no tendrils which is one way to tell it apart from other vetches like the purple vetch that was growing nearby. sites/default/files/christinev/img_3725.jpg The flower clusters form a crown unlike the purple vetch that had long, purple flowers. They look kind of like alfalfa but the leaves have many leaflets. sites/default/files/christinev/img_0195_1.jpg You can see that it was growing pretty densely through this edge habitat. There were other species mixed in but the crown vetch was the most prominent species. This was a site visited 2 years ago where we found some crown vetch but only a small amount. We decided to revisit it as a group. The patch appeared to be much denser this time though interestingly the patch still seemed confined to a short stretch of the field edge. We wondered what might be keeping it confined to that area or if it might continue to get denser and spread beyond that plot. We also thought it might have been able to invade the area because of a disturbance such as a plow. We wondered if we created a disturbance in the surrounding edge habitat if that might enable to the crown vetch to spread further.
species-solanum-dulcamara-was-found-firefly-2014-08-03 Firefly Greenville 2014-08-03 17:02:00 bittersweet nightshade Solanum dulcamara I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/firefly/img_0599.jpg sites/default/files/firefly/img_0625.jpg My Backyard sites/default/files/species_photos/bittersweet_nightshade_berries_pa180041.jpg sites/default/files/firefly/img_0604.jpg Flowers are a hanging cluster of purple petals with yellow cone shaped anthers. sites/default/files/firefly/img_0627.jpg Semi-woody, herbaceous vine that spreads and climbs up and over other plants sites/default/files/firefly/img_0632.jpg Simple alternating leaves approximately 2-4 inches long with entire (smooth) margin and small lobes at base. I explored the edges of the backyard where it meets the tree line (approx. 300ft). There are many herbaceous and semi-woody plants growing in the understory, but the purple flowers caught my attention. I did not notice this plant growing here in previous years.
species-pagurus-longicarpus-was-found-kbiajrscientists-2014-07-30 KBIAJrScientists Kennebunk 2014-07-30 13:17:00 Long-clawed hermit crab Pagurus longicarpus I think I found it Native sites/default/files/kbiajrscientists/img_1256_0.jpg sites/default/files/kbiajrscientists/img_1329_2.jpg KBIA Islands sites/default/files/species_photos/pagurus_longicarpus.jpg sites/default/files/kbiajrscientists/img_1403.jpg We found exactly 685 hermit crabs in 40 minutes. There were eight people looking for them. We think this is an unusually high fluctuation in the population. These hermit crabs were all found in a 1000 sq. ft. rectangle. We observed the unusual number of hermit crabs in KBIA Cove. We have been looking around for a few weeks now during low tide.
species-celastrus-orbiculatus-was-found-metarzan-2014-07-25 metarzan Portland 2014-07-25 14:51:00 Oriental bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus I think I found it Invasive sites/default/files/metarzan/image.jpg sites/default/files/metarzan/image_0.jpg GMRI post apocalyptic graveyard sites/default/files/species_photos/208.jpg sites/default/files/metarzan/image_2.jpg Leaves alternate, finely toothed, round to spade, highly variable, young leaves soft and smooth. Leaves were less than 13 cm sites/default/files/metarzan/image_1.jpg Older vines are woody and bumpy, young vines are green and soft. sites/default/files/metarzan/image_3.jpg Many with no flowers or berries. Some with green berries all along vine (not American bittersweet with berries only at tip). Berries were clustered and green. It is sunny today. There were seagulls nearby. Planes were flying overhead as a lone worker was jackhammering in the background. There are many plants around this site with many plants latching onto a fence and using it as a trellis. The plants and vines were using various nets, bike wheels and other structure to grown on.