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.

  Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo  
         
Species
         
 
Plants
  musk thistle  
 

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 Alfredo Colon  
         
 
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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2,243
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drought Monitor

 

         
Estival Season
         
 

The estival ecological season corresponds roughly to the the first half of the summer calendar season. In Minnesota, it usually begins about June 15 and ends about August 15. Trees are in full leaf. Birds hatch and raise their offspring.

  Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         
 
Recent Uploads
 
 

June
 
 

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of Whitewater WMA, Main Branch Unit 6/28/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Canadian wild ginger 6/28/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Canadian wild ginger 6/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of snakeskin liverwort 6/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Virginia spring beauty 6/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of bloodroot 6/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of sharp-lobed hepatica 6/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of white trout lily 6/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of Dutchman’s breeches 6/27/2022.

CapnDave uploaded 1 photo of reddish-brown stag beetle 6/27/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of stink fly 6/27/2022.

Christin Congdon uploaded 1 photo of red milkweed beetle 6/26/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of dance fly (Rhamphomyia vittata) 10/24/2019.

Lindsay Hedberg uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of white-lined sphinx 6/25/2022.

Katie P uploaded 2 photos of robber fly (Family Asilidae) 6/25/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of ursine spurleg lady beetle 6/24/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of least skipper 6/24/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of three-lined potato beetle 6/24/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of great spangled fritillary 6/24/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of bold jumper 6/24/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of long-tailed dance fly 7/6/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common white-cheeked jumping spider 7/6/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of four-lined plant bug 7/6/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of multicolored Asian lady beetle 7/6/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of spiders (Order Araneae) 7/3/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of wide ribbon meshweaver 10/24/2019, 6/27/2021, and 7/3/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of foxglove beardtongue 6/22/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of golden alexanders 6/22/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of northern pin oak 6/22/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of reed canary grass 6/22/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of purple meadow-rue 6/22/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of white wild indigo 6/22/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of twelve-spotted skimmer 6/22/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of orange sulphur 6/22/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 8 photos of Apple Blossom Overlook Park 6/22/2022.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of white-lined sphinx 6/22/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of pure green sweat bee 6/21/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of stretch spiders (Tetragnatha spp.) 6/21/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of northern crab spider 6/21/2022.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of eastern boxelder bug 6/21/2022.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod crab spider 6/21/2022.

Trista C. uploaded 1 photo of eye-spotted lady beetle 6/21/2022.

S. Quinn uploaded 1 photo of bumble bee mimic robber fly (Laphria thoracica) 6/20/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 6/19/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 3 photos of cecropia moth 6/19/2022.

John Beltman uploaded 1 photo of American toad 6/17/2022.

Paul Diedrich uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 6/17/2022.

Cary Schmies uploaded 1 photo of Dryad’s Saddle 6/17/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of midland clubtail 6/17/2022.

Bill Augello uploaded 3 photos of white-lined sphinx 6/16/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 4 photos of Howell’s pussytoes (ssp. neodioica) 6/13 and 6/14/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod crab spider 7/3/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of candy-striped spider 7/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of striped cucumber beetle 7/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of meadow spittlebug 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of pale green assassin bug 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of red-spotted purple 7/3/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of clavate tortoise beetle 7/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of plains cottonwood 7/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of spider (Order Araneae) 10/24/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 6/13/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 3 photos of anchor stink bug 6/13/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod crab spider 6/13/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of wrinkled soldier beetle 6/13/2022.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 1 photo of northern prairie skink 6/13/2022.

Nancy S. uploaded 1 photo of eastern eyed click beetle 6/12/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of cervical tumbling flower beetle 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of running crab spiders (Philodromus spp.) 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of six-spotted tiger beetle 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of wild columbine 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of wild geranium 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of golden alexanders 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of yellow star grass 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of downy phlox 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of hoary puccoon 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of prairie blue-eyed grass 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of wood betony 6/11/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of swift feather-legged fly 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of humpbacked orbweaver 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of eastern forktail 6/11/2022.

Edwin & Madeline Andera uploaded 3 photos of eastern giant swallowtail 6/11/2022.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of snowberry clearwing 6/11/2022.

Tanya Brown uploaded 1 photo of nessus sphinx 6/11/2022.

Valerie uploaded 2 photos of Say blister beetle 6/11/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of cobra clubtail 6/10/2022.

Royanne Jurgensen uploaded 2 photos of Black-billed Magpie 6/10/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of small pirate wolf spider 10/24/2019.

Diana uploaded 1 photo of Say blister beetle 6/7/2022.

Bridget L uploaded 1 photo of Dead Man’s Fingers 6/7/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of elm borer 6/6/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of redshank 4/10/2022.

Joy G uploaded 1 photo of bold jumper 6/6/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of gem moth 6/5/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of starry false Solomon's seal 6/5/2022.

Bill and Jan Reely uploaded 1 photo of eastern giant swallowtail 6/4/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Tanager 6/3/2022.

Corey C uploaded 1 photo of eastern eyed click beetle 6/3/2022.

Susan R uploaded 1 photo of bold jumper 6/3/2022.

Coyia E uploaded 1 photo of eastern eyed click beetle 6/1/2022.


May

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Scarlet Tanager 5/29/2022.

Kelly Davenport uploaded 1 photo and 3 videos of dark fishing spider 5/28/2022.

Laurie Olesen uploaded 1 photo of clavate tortoise beetle 5/28/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae) 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of blue toadflax 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 4 photos of woolly beachheather 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of lyre-leaved rock cress 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of hairy puccoon 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of hairy puccoon and gorgone checkerspot 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of prairie blue-eyed grass 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of prairie buttercup 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of prairie smoke 5/27/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of June grass 5/27/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of ground wolf spider 10/24/2019.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of plantain-leaved pussytoes 5/25/2022.

Randy S. uploaded 2 photos of Golden Oyster Mushroom 5/25/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of large-flowered trillium 5/24/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 3 photos of prairie blue-eyed grass 5/22/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 3 photos of plantain-leaved pussytoes 5/22/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Kingbird 5/22/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit 5/22/2022.

Laura Miller uploaded 4 photos of Scarlet Tanager 5/22/2022.

Molly uploaded 1 photo of Devil’s Urn 5/22/2022.

Birdybiz uploaded 3 photos of Golden Oyster Mushroom 5/22/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 4 photos of bull snake 5/22/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of springtails (Hypogastrura spp.) 5/21/2022.

Liz M uploaded 3 photos of Golden Oyster Mushroom 5/21/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of northern long-toothed sheetweaver 10/24/2019.

Rosalinda uploaded 1 photo of a polyphemus moth cocoon 5/20/2022.

Craig Nelson uploaded 4 photos of Golden Oyster Mushroom 5/20/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of hairy goldenrod 5/19/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of House Wren 5/18/2022.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Dryad’s Saddle 5/17/2022.

LJHarren uploaded 2 photos of mountain lion 5/17/2022.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Common Grackle 5/16/2022.

Chelsea H. uploaded 2 photos of painted turtle 5/15/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Devil’s Urn 5/15/2022.

Kim Firkus uploaded 3 photos of Indigo Bunting 5/14/2022.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Great Egret 5/14/2022.

Kim Firkus uploaded 1 photo of Harris’s Sparrow 5/13/2022.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 5/12/2022.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of bloodroot with northern crab spider 5/12/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 3 photos of White-winged Crossbill 5/10 and 5/11/2022.

Ann uploaded 1 photo of American Bittern 5/11/2022.

Sue Wahl uploaded 1 photo of Dekay’s brown snake 5/9/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Sharp-shinned Hawk 5/8/2022.

Amy Hansen uploaded 3 photos and 1 video of Great Blue Heron 5/8/2022.

Theresa Zaske uploaded 1 photo of White-faced Ibis 5/8/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 5/7/2022.

L Bergstrom uploaded 4 photos of Cattle Egret 5/3/2022.

Shawna Roden uploaded 2 photos of polyphemus moth 5/1/2022.

Whitewater WMA, Main Branch Unit

snakeskin liverwort

bloodroot

reddish-brown stag beetle

stink fly

great spangled fritillary

wide ribbon meshweaver

golden alexanders

twelve-spotted skimmer

Apple Blossom Overlook Park

white-lined sphinx

northern crab spider

Dryad’s Saddle

midland clubtail

Howell’s pussytoes (ssp. neodioica)

striped cucumber beetle

red-spotted purple

Trumpeter Swan

wild columbine

wild geranium

yellow star grass

hoary puccoon

nessus sphinx

elm borer

gem moth

starry false Solomon's seal

eastern eyed click beetle


Scarlet Tanager

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

prairie smoke

plantain-leaved pussytoes

White-winged Crossbill

large-flowered trillium

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

Scarlet Tanager

Golden Oyster Mushroom

House Wren

Indigo Bunting

bloodroot

 
       
 
New Pages
 
 

June
 
  6/29/22

wild ginger name changed to Canadian wild ginger

 
  6/28/2022

Whitewater WMA, Main Branch Unit

 
  6/27/2022

running crab spiders (Philodromus spp.)

 
  6/27/2022

brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae)

 
  6/27/2022

cervical tumbling flower beetle

 
  6/26/2022

dance fly (Rhamphomyia vittata)

 
  6/23/2022

tall meadow-rue name changed to purple meadow-rue

 
  6/23/2022

Apple Blossom Overlook Park

 
  6/22/2022

pure green augochlora name changed to pure green sweat bee

 
  6/22/2022

longjawed orbweavers (Tetragnatha spp.) name changed to stretch spiders (Tetragnatha spp.)

 
  6/21/2022

Canadian pussytoes

 
  6/21/2022

Howell’s pussytoes

 
  6/21/2022

Howell’s pussytoes (ssp. neodioica)

 
  6/21/2022

Howell’s pussytoes (ssp. petaloidea)

 
  6/19/2022

False Coral Fungus (Tremellodendron pallidum) name changed to Jellied False Coral Fungus (Sebacina schweinitzii)

 
  6/18/2022

cobra clubtail

 
  6/17/2022

blue toadflax

 
  6/15/2022

elm borer

 
  6/14/2022

spiders (Order Araneae)

 
  6/11/2022

flower longhorn beetle (Gaurotes cyanipennis) name changed to cyan long-horned beetle

 
  6/10/2022

woolly beachheather

 
  6/9/2022

False Tinder Fungus name changed to Willow Bracket

 
  6/9/2022

gem moth

 
  6/9/2022

Oat Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae) name changed to Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

 
  6/8/2022

Tar Spot (Rhytisma salicinum) name changed to Willow Tar Spot

 
  6/8/2022

Tar Spot (Rhytisma acerinum) name changed to Black Tar Spot

 
  6/8/2022

small pirate wolf spider

 
  6/7/2022

redshank

 
  6/6/2022

Tar Spot (Rhytisma americanum) name changed to American Tar Spot

 
  6/6/2022

Chanterelle name changed to Golden Chanterelle

 
  6/5/2022

giant swallowtail name changed to eastern giant swallowtail

 
  6/5/2022

springtails (Hypogastrura spp.)

 
  6/1/2022

eyed click beetle name changed to eastern eyed click beetle

 
 

May
 
  5/31/2022

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana var. alba) name changed to river anemone

 
  5/27/2022

ground wolf spider

 
  5/25/2022

White-winged Crossbill

 
  5/24/2022

hook-spurred longhorn

 
  5/22/2022

gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer) name changed to bull snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)

 
  5/21/2022

northern long-toothed sheetweaver

 
           
 
Next Up
 
 

1

smooth stag beetle (Lucanus placidus)

 

Luciearl

 
 

2

ichneumon wasp (Melanichneumon spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

3

scentless plant bug (Arhyssus nigristernum)

 

Mike Poeppe

 
 

4

brickwork woodlouse (Porcellio spinicornis)

 

Greg Watson

 
 

5

white-banded crab spider (Misumenoides formosipes)   Dan W. Andree  
 

6

Scaly Pelt Lichen (Peltigera lepidophora)   Nancy Falkum  
 

7

Kansas lady beetle (Scymnus kansanus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

8

bees (Epifamily Anthophila)

 

Mike Poeppe

 
 

9

aniseroot (Osmorhiza longistylis)

 

Greg Watson

 
 

10

Mosses (Division Bryophyta)   Nancy Falkum  
 

11

buttercup cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes ranunculi)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

12

meal moth (Pyralis farinalis)   Mike Poeppe  
 

13

harvestman (Leiobunum politum)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

14

pasture grass-veneer (Crambus saltuellus)   Mike Poeppe  
 

15

cloudy-winged miner bee (Andrena nubecula)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

16

four-humped stink bug (Brochymena quadripustulata)   Mike Poeppe  
 

17

crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

18

ichneumon wasp (Colpotrochia trifasciata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

19

argid sawflies (Family Argidae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

20

spurred carpenter bee (Ceratina calcarata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

21

tachinid fly (Subfamily Exoristinae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

22

potter wasp (Leptochilus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

23

square-headed wasp (Ectemnius maculosus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

24

square-headed wasp (Tribe Crabronini)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

25

short-winged meadow katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

26

dark-winged fungus gnat (Eugnoriste spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

27

narcissus bulb fly (Merodon equestris)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

28

large crane fly (Tipula trivittata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

29

treehopper (Cyrtolobus tuberosus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

30

marsh fly (Tetanocera plebeja)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

31

bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea complex)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

32

European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

33

pale green weevil (Polydrusus impressifrons)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

34

leaf miner flies (Liriomyza spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

35

chalcid wasp (Family Torymidae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

36

gall midges and wood midges (Family Cecidomyiidae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

37

metallic wood-boring beetle (Agrilus cyanescens)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

38

horned spanworm moth (Nematocampa resistaria)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

39

undivided lucent (Didea fuscipes)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

40

linden looper (Erannis tiliaria)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

41

dwarf spider (Ceraticelus fissiceps)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

42

braconid wasp (Meteorus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

43

small red midge (Microtendipes pedellus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

44

black-dotted glyph (Maliattha synochitis)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

45

white-jawed jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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