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Central Maryland. Last updated: 8/15/2012.

Below: A Red-footed Cannibalfly, a very large and intimidating robber fly, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: American Hazelnut fruit in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Cutleaf Grapefern in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Highly variable. Both the highly dissected leaf (sterile pinna) form and less dissected leaf form were present side by side. Compare this less dissected form with next image. Unlike similar Rattlesnake Fern, the sterile blade and sporophore diverge close to the ground.

Below: Cutleaf Grapefern in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Note highly dissected sterile pinna compared to above, though growing side by side.

Below: Pickerelweed in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: American White Water-lily, or Common Water-lily, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/15/2012).

Below: Watershield (close) at Patuxent Research Refuge, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/15/2012).

Below: A summering drake Lesser Scaup with two Ruddy Ducks at Swan Creek, Maryland (8/12/2012).

Below: Hyssop-leaved Thoroughwort in an open area near the Patuxent River in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/6/2012). Note the very narrow, untoothed leaves, which easily rules out most local Eupatorium.

Below: American Beech leaves with fruit in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: From the archives - a Question Mark in Carroll Co., Maryland (8/27/2010).

Below: A Bradford Pear, also known as Callery Pear, with fruit in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Annual Ragweed, also known as Common Ragweed and Hay Fever Weed, in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). This abundant (and native) species' wind-dispersed pollen is notorious for producing spring allergies.

Below: A Cranefly Orchid in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Bigtooth Aspen leaves in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Slippery Elm leaves in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Creeping Woodsorrel blooming in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Crimson-eyed Rosemallow near the Patuxent River in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Golden Tickseed in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: A Pin Oak in wet lowlands near the Patuxent River in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Note deeply lobed leaves and lower branches drooping close to the ground.

Below: Princess Tree, also known as Royal Paulownia, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Note massive leaf size compared to Tom Feild.

Below: Silky Dogwood with berries in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: A Dogwood Sawfly nymph on Silky Dogwood, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Devil's Walkingstick leaves in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Japanese Hops in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/6/2012). An invasive species from temperate Asia introduced to the U.S. in the late 1800s for oriental medicine and ornamental purposes. Distinguished from Common Hops by having usually 5 to 7 lobes per leaf rather than three (or none).

Below: From the archives - a Dolphinfish, better known as Mahi Mahi, in Maryland waters (8/15/2010).

Below: Partridge Pea in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).
Note the diagnostic low gland at the base of the leaves. Wild Sensitive Plant has a stalked gland.

Below: A Bronzed Tiger Beetle in Prince George's Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: Maple-leaved Viburnum found in Montgomery Co., Maryland (8/12/2012).

Below: Russian Olive, a common invasive species, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: The abundant Tree of Heaven is a terrible invasive throughout Maryland (8/12/2012).

Below: A migrant Black-bellied Plover stops in at Swan Creek, Maryland (8/12/2012).

Below: Boxelder with seeds in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: A female Common Pondhawk preying on a Halloween Pennant in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/15/2012).

Below: Common Persimmon with fruit in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: A Great Blue Skimmer in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012).

Below: A Black-spotted Prominent moth caterpillar in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/6/2012).

Below: A juvenile Northern Black Racer in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/5/2012). Juvenile Northern Black Racers are quite similar to Eastern Ratsnakes. This individual's lightning fast movements and very aggressive behavior were certainly supporting evidence for racer. Tom Feild is the good sport in the second image.

Below: Common Evening Primrose at Fort Smallwood, Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (8/12/2012). A common species of fields and roadsides. Along with details of leaves and flowers, very large size (up to 6' tall) appears to be diagnostic in our area. Evening-primroses open at night and are pollinated by moths.

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