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Spring in Maryland. Last updated: 3/30/2013.

Above: A Cattle Egret in Pasadena, Maryland (3/30/2013). The vanguard of this species occasionally arrives as early as the last week of March. (View MBP)

Above: Chinese Elm buds at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (3/31/2013). (View MBP)

Above: An Atlantic Ribbed Mussel at Point Lookout SP, Maryland (3/31/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Common Periwinkle blooming in Charles Co., Maryland (3/31/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Northern Catalpa twig in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (3/31/2013). (View MBP)

Above: An Azure Bluet in the Nanjemoy area of Charles Co., Maryland (3/31/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Coltsfoot blooming in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (3/31/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Yellow Corydalis in Prince George's Co., Maryland (3/31/2013).b (View MBP)

Above: A juvenile Cattle Egret with Blue Dasher prey in Howard Co., Maryland (8/31/2007). (View MBP)

Above: A juvenile Cattle Egret in Howard Co., Maryland (8/31/2007). (View MBP)

Above: Cursed Buttercup at a stream crossing in Calvert Co., Maryland (2/10/2013). The "Cursed" part of its name is derived from its causing blisters on contact for some people. (View MBP)

Above: American Water Plantain in winter in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/3/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Schizocosa sp. in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/14/2008). (View MBP)

Above: The young leaves of Blunt-leaved Waterleaf emerging along the C&O Canal, Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/17/2013). The common and scientific names of this species refer to the "water spots" seen on young leaves as shown here. Among subtle characters, the blunt tips to the leaves (versus acute) indicate this species over Eastern. Mature leaves are strikingly different in form. (View MBP)

Above: Common Mouse-eared Chickweed emerging in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (2/14/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Stinging Nettle shoots emerging along the C&O Canal, Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/17/2013). At this early stage, one can eat the leaves and stem of the plant. (View MBP)

Above: Virginia Springbeauty blooming in Green Ridge SF, Allegany Co., Maryland (4/19/2008). (View MBP)

Above: An American Bladdernut sapling along the C&O Canal, Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/17/2013). (View MBP)

Above: The first Virginia Bluebells of the year emerging along the C&O Canal, Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/17/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Purple Cliffbrake in winter in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/17/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Lesser Celandine blooming along the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/17/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Common Periwinkle, a common non-native species that escapes from gardens, along the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/17/2013). (View MBP)

Above: An American Bladdernut in winter along the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co., Maryland (3/17/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Pink-striped Oakworm Moth in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/14/2008). The translucent area in the forewings make it an adult male. (View MBP)

Above: Southern Ground Cedar in Charles Co., Maryland (7/1/2007). (View MBP)

Above: Nodding Plumeless Thistle in Carroll Co., Maryland (6/16/2007). (View MBP)

Above: An Oriental Bittersweet vine in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/13/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Tree of Heaven sapling in winter in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/13/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Pitch Pine needles collected in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/13/2013). Note bundles of 3 averaging around 3 1/4 inches. Virginia Pine needles grow in bundles of two and average 2 1/4 inches. Loblolly needles are in threes and generally much longer, up to an average of 7" on mature branches. (View MBP)

Above: Common Wormwood reappearing at Fort Smallwood, Maryland (3/10/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Close-up of a River Birch twig in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). (View MBP)

Above: American Climbing Fern in winter in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). (View MBP)

Above: American Climbing Fern in winter in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). (View MBP)

Above: American Climbing Fern in winter in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). (View MBP)

Above: American Climbing Fern in winter in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Leatherleaf Mahonia in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Chinkapin in winter in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/9/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A cluster of Florida Predatory Stink Bug nymphs in Somerset Co., Maryland (9/13/2009). (View MBP)

Above: Dorcaschema cinereum in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (6/27/2009). (View MBP)

Above: Golden-backed Snipe Flies mating in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/8/2007). (View MBP)

Above: An Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/30/2006). The light-colored transverse lines eliminate closely related Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth. (View MBP)

Above: Skunk Cabbage in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/3/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Black Corsair, a species of assassin bug, in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/3/2013). (View MBP)

Above: American Bittersweet in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/3/2013). (View MBP)

Above: American Bittersweet in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/3/2013). Our native bittersweet is far less common than the highly invasive Oriental Bittersweet. Among other details, note the berries on the very ends of the branches. (View MBP)

Above: Seedbox in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/3/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Spatterdock in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/3/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Green Stinkbug (fifth instar) just outside of the Caroline Co. line in Delaware (9/30/2006). (View MBP)

Above: Banded Longhorn beetles mating in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/15/2006). (View MBP)

Above: A One-spotted Tiger Beetle in Calvert Co., Maryland (7/9/2006). (View MBP)

Above: A Banded Tussock Moth in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/30/2006). (View MBP)

Above: A Yellow-necked Caterpillar Moth in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/30/2006). (View MBP)

Above: Bulbous Buttercup in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Wild Yam seed pods in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Hairy Bittercress in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Rough Cocklebur in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Chinese Elm in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Chinese Elm in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Chinese Elm in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Carolina Mantis egg case in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Carolina Horsenettle in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Bushy Bluestem in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Saw Greenbrier in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Saw Greenbrier in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Saw Greenbrier in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Saw Greenbrier in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: Saw Greenbrier in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Pin Oak in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Chinese Mantis egg case in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (2/24/2013). (View MBP)

Above: A Pink Lady's Slipper in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/6/2007). (View MBP)

Above: Yellow Fly of the Dismal Swamp, Diachlorous ferrugatus, in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/14/2007). (View MBP)

Above: A Common Green Darner patrolling Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/26/2007). (View MBP)

Above: A Green Stinkbug in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/14/2007). (View MBP)

Above: A Comet Darner in Wicomico Co., Maryland (7/14/2007). (View MBP)

Above: Apheloria virginiensis corrugata in Calvert Co., Maryland (2/10/2013). Note that this species' defense mechanism involves secreting a chemical defense including cyanide. Avoid touching or immediately wash hands after handling. Do not let children handle millipedes that look like this. (View MBP)

Above: Mountain Laurel in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (2/18/2013). (View MBP)

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