Minnesota Seasons

         
Destinations
         
 

These are locations in Minnesota where native plants, birds, and other wildlife can be viewed. With very few exceptions, these destinations are open to the public.

Visitors can share their own photos, videos, plant and wildlife sightings, and other observations.

  Interstate State Park  
         
Species
         
 
Plants
  wild calla  
 

Native, naturalized, invasive, or simply planted—any plant growing outside of cultivation in Minnesota.

More than 800 plant pages include photos, a description, a multi-sourced distribution map, and a list of sites where the plant has been found.

   
      Photo by Luciearl  
         
 
Insects and Arachnids
  white underwing  
 

Insects and arachnids found in Minnesota.

More than 700 insect and arachnid pages include photos, a description, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, visitor sightings, and distribution maps.

   
       
       
       
       
      Photo by Norm & Peg Dibble  
         
 
Wildlife
  American red squirrel  
 

Birds and bears, snakes and squirrels, toads and turtles—wildlife found in Minnesota.

Wildlife pages include photos, a description, and a list of sightings, as well as distribution maps for amphibians, mammals, and reptiles.

   
      Photo by Luciearl  
         
 
Fungi and Lichens
  Yellow Morel  
 

Mushrooms, lichens, and other fungi found in Minnesota.

More than 150 fungi and lichen pages include photos, a description, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, visitor sightings, and distribution maps.

   
         
Wallpapers
         
 

Download free high resolution wallpapers (screen backgrounds). These are photos of destinations featured on MinnesotaSeasons.com. The wallpapers are grouped by ecological season. Each wallpaper is optimized for the screen resolutions used most often on desktops, laptops, and tablets.

  Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area - Lawrence Unit  
     
         

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Species*

* Species pages may represent a species, subspecies, variety, genus, family, or other taxonmomic group, or an unidentified organism. Using the word “taxa” here would be more accurate but less widely understood.

 

 

 

 

 

         
Autumnal Season
         
 

The autumnal ecological season, called fall in North America but autumn elsewhere, needs no explanation. It is that time when the landscape transitions from summer to winter. It follows the serotinal season (late summer) when leaves of deciduous trees and many forbs and grasses begin to change color, and precedes the the usually snow-blanketed hibernal season (winter). In Minnesota, the Autumnal season usually begins about September 15 and ends about December 1. In the Twin Cities metro area it typically arrives late September to early (north metro) to mid- (south metro) October. Deciduous leaves are in full fall color then turn brown and fall to the ground. Birds migrate back to wintering areas.

The advance of the season can be watched on the Minnesota DNR's Fall Color Finder Web page. The map displayed there is updated daily. The Autumnal season has arrived in those areas colored red (75–100%) and dark brown (past peak). The northwest corner is the first area in Minnesota to see peak fall colors each year.

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Recent Uploads
 
 

November
 
 

Dan W. Andree uploaded 4 photos of Rough-legged Hawk 11/24/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of snout mite (Family Bdellidae) 6/27/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Hairy Bracket 11/14/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Split Gill 11/14/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photos of Trembling Phlebia 11/14/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of half-wing 6/26/2021.

James Gordon uploaded 1 photo of Northern Shrike 11/11/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of striped skunk 11/11/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Blue Ridge carrionflower 11/10/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of black swallowtail 11/10/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Tundra Swan 11/7/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of reed canary grass 11/5/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of round-lobed hepatica 11/4/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of American toad 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of common white-cheeked jumping spider 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of spotted lady beetle 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of multicolored Asian lady beetle 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of splendid dwarf spider 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of hybotid dance fly (Platypalpus spp.) 5/30 to 6/1/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of downy arrowwood 11/1/2021.


October

Tim Metcalf uploaded 2 photos of Henry’s Woods 10/31/2021.

Mary Genell uploaded 1 photo of Rusty Blackbird 10/26/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of downy arrowwood (var. rafinesqueanum) 10/26/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus 10/25/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of wintergreen 10/25/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of northern maidenhair 10/25/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Blue Jay 10/24/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of tamarack 10/22/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Turkey Tail 10/20/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Cup 10/20/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of Hairy Bracket 10/20/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of red baneberry 10/20/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of large-flowered trillium 10/20/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of large-flowered trillium and wild ginger 10/20/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Butter Waxcap 10/18/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 3 photos of Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit 10/18/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of cutworms and dart moths (Subfamily Noctuinae) 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 3 photos of red three-awn 10/17/2021.

Jay Hedin uploaded 1 photo of False Chanterelle 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of rough-seeded fameflower 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 6 photos of common sheep sorrel 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod (Solidago spp.) and Leonard’s skipper 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of field sagewort 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of hairy four o’clock 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of narrow-leaved New Jersey tea and American copper 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of plains snake-cotton 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of prairie alumroot 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of purple lovegrass 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of tall cinquefoil and wild bergamot 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of white sage 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of whorled milkweed 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of hairy puccoon, smooth rose, and June grass 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of birdfoot violet 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of birdfoot violet, hairy puccoon, and lyre-leaved rock cress 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of prairie blue-eyed grass 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 3 photos of prairie dropseed 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of white wild indigo 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of western poison ivy 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 7 photos of Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit 10/17/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 3 photos of cuckoo wasp (Subfamily Chrysidinae) 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of rough blazing star 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of rough blazing star and Leonard’s skipper 10/17/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of rough blazing star and regal fritillary 10/17/2021.

Mary Jo Reuter uploaded 2 photos of grass spider (Agelenopsis sp.) 10/16/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit 10/15/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of woolly plantain 10/15/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of fringed loosestrife 10/15/2021.

Mary Jo Reuter uploaded 3 photos of grass spider (Agelenopsis sp.) 10/15/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Hare’s Ear 10/14/2021.

Silverwood Gardens uploaded 1 photo of King Alfred’s Cakes 10/14/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Trembling Phlebia 10/14/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Lobster Mushroom 10/14/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Common Stinkhorn 10/14/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of horsehair worms (Order Gordioidea) 10/13/2021.

Kevin Erickson uploaded 1 photo of prairie larkspur 10/13/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of regal fritillary 10/13/2021.

Craig Palmer uploaded 1 photo of northern river otter 10/13/2021.

Jobeadling uploaded 1 photo of Brown Funnel Polypore 10/12/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of leafy spurge 10/11/2021.

Rick Schneider uploaded 1 photo of redbelly snake 10/11/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of liverleaf wintergreen 10/10/2021.

Lucy Morrissey uploaded 3 photos of Shaggy Mane 10/9/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of northern maidenhair 10/8/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of harvestman (Order Opiliones) 10/22/2019.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Boletes (Family Boletaceae) 10/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Hare’s Foot Inkcap 10/7/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Persistent Waxcap 10/6/2021.

Mark Navarro uploaded 2 photos of Shaggy Parasol 10/6/2021.

David Sorenson uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of Chinese mantis 10/5/2021.

Stephanie Segner uploaded 2 photos of Wrinkled Peach 10/5/2021.

Stephanie Segner uploaded 1 photo of Aborted Entoloma 10/5/2021.

Samantha Reigel uploaded 1 photo of shamrock orbweaver 10/5/2021.

Jessica Torres uploaded 4 photos of shamrock orbweaver 10/5/2021.

Alli Gao uploaded 2 photos of Hen of the Woods 10/4/2021.

Bill Vose uploaded 2 photos of Hen of the Woods 10/4/2021.

Miranda Sieh uploaded 2 photos of Elm Oyster 10/3/2021.

dg99 uploaded 2 photos of Aborted Entoloma 10/3/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Chicken of the Woods 10/1/2021.

Rough-legged Hawk

Split Gill

half-wing

black swallowtail

reed canary grass

American toad

downy arrowwood


Rusty Blackbird

Yellow Fairy Cup Fungus

wintergreen

Blue Jay

tamarack

large-flowered trillium

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

narrow-leaved New Jersey tea

white sage

birdfoot violet

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

rough blazing star

fringed loosestrife

northern river otter

northern maidenhair

Hare’s Foot Inkcap

Persistent Waxcap

Chinese mantis

Hen of the Woods

Chicken of the Woods

 
       
 
New Pages
 
 

November
 
  11/26/2021

cutworms and dart moths (Subfamily Noctuinae)

 
  11/24/2021

snout mites (Family Bdellidae)

 
  11/22/2021

Butter Waxcap

 
 

11/20/2021

Cort (Cortinarius atkinsonianus) name changed to Atkinson’s Fungi  
  11/17/2021

red three-awn

 
  11/14/2021

half-wing

 
  11/12/2021

Boletes (Family Boletaceae)

 
  1/10/2021

Hare’s Ear

 
  1/9/2021

False Chanterelle

 
  1/7/2021

rough-seeded fameflower

 
  11/6/2021

horsehair worms (Order Gordioidea)

 
  11/3/2021

Brown Funnel Polypore

 
  11/3/2021

hybotid dance fly (Platypalpus spp.)

 
  11/1/2021

Persistent Waxcap

 
 

October
 
  10/30/2021

climbing false buckwheat

 
  10/29/2021

bearded bee fly

 
  10/26/2021

thread-waisted wasp (Prionyx parkeri)

 
  10/25/2021

bishop’s cap name changed to twoleaf miterwort (Mitella diphylla)

 
  10/24/2021

red sorrel name changed to common sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

 
  10/13/2021

white-margined burrower bug

 
  10/11/2021

Shaggy Parasol

 
  10/10/2021

short-tailed aphideater

 
  10/2/2021

Brittlegills (Russula spp.)

 
           
 
Next Up
 
 

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Compton tortoiseshell (Nymphalis vaualbum)   Sedna Cedarstone  
 

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Rim Lichens (Lecanora spp.)

  Luciearl  
 

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northern bluet (Enallagma annexum)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

  Nancy Falkum  
 

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bog birch (Betula pumila)

  Luciearl  
 

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undivided lucent (Didea fuscipes)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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racemed milkwort (Polygala polygama)

  Nancy Falkum  
 

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Can-of-worms Lichen (Conotrema urceolatum)

  Luciearl  
 

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narcissus bulb fly (Merodon equestris)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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goat’s rue (Tephrosia virginiana)

  Nancy Falkum  
 

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braconid wasp (Meteorus spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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walking fern (Asplenium rhizophyllum)

  Nancy Falkum  
 

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linden looper (Erannis tiliaria)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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twoleaf miterwort (Mitella diphylla)

  Nancy Falkum  
 

15

marsh fly (Tetanocera plebeja)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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mosses (Phylum Bryophyta)

  Nancy Falkum  
 

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treehopper (Cyrtolobus tuberosus)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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large crane fly (Tipula trivittata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea complex)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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candy-striped spider (Enoplognatha ovata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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tuberculated crab spider (Tmarus angulatus)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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horned spanworm moth (Nematocampa resistaria)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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cloudy-winged miner bee (Andrena nubecula)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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boreal combfoot (Steatoda borealis)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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buttercup cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes ranunculi)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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ichneumon wasp (Melanichneumon spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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ichneumon wasp (Colpotrochia trifasciata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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spurred carpenter bee (Ceratina calcarata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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tachinid fly (Subfamily Exoristinae)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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six-spotted orbweaver (Araniella displicata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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dwarf spider (Ceraticelus fissiceps)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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potter wasp (Leptochilus spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

34

square-headed wasp (Ectemnius maculosus)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

35

square-headed wasp (Tribe Crabronini)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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harvestman (Leiobunum politum)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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short-winged meadow katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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dark-winged fungus gnat (Eugnoriste spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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tuftlegged orbweaver (Mangora placida)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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orchard orbweaver (Leucauge venusta)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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arabesque orbweaver (Neoscona arabesca)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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lattice orbweaver (Araneus thaddeus)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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Potter’s funnelweb spider (Agelenopsis potteri)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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lined orbweaver (Mangora gibberosa)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

46

pale green weevil (Polydrusus impressifrons)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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leaf miner flies (Liriomyza spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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chalcid wasp (Family Torymidae)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

49

gall midges and wood midges (Family Cecidomyiidae)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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metallic wood-boring beetle (Agrilus cyanescens)

  Alfredo Colon  
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plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

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