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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
 
 

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.

  wild calla  
      Photo by Luciearl  
 
Insects and Arachnids
 
 

Insects and arachnids found in Minnesota.

Species pages include photos, a description, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, visitor sightings, and distribution maps.

  white underwing  
      Photo by Norm & Peg Dibble  
 
Wildlife
 
 

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.

  American red squirrel  
      Photo by Luciearl  
 
Fungi and Lichens
 
 

Mushrooms, lichens, and other fungi found in Minnesota.

Fungi and lichen pages include photos, a description, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, visitor sightings, and distribution maps.

  Yellow Morel  
         
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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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2,131
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.

 

 

 

 

 

         
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.

  Lake Alexander Woods SNA – South Unit  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         
 
Recent Uploads
 
         
 

July
 
 

Mike Poeppe uploaded 4 photos of tricolored bumble bee 7/31/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 7/30/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of tricolored bumble bee 7/30/2021.

Nanc uploaded 2 photos of hummingbird clearwing 7/30/2021.

Nanc uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod soldier beetle 7/30/2021.

Jennifer Torrini uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 7/30/2021.

Nanc uploaded 1 photo of dog day cicada 7/30/2021.

Bill Reynolds uploaded 3 photos of Barn Swallow 7/29/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of regal fritillary 7/29/2021.

Joe Warhol uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/29/2021.

Melissa Alberts uploaded 3 photos of Devil’s Stinkhorn 7/27/2021.

J Oakes uploaded 1 photo of maple spindle-gall mite 7/27/2021.

Becky Utecht uploaded 1 photo of Franklin’s ground squirrel 7/26/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of black horse fly 7/26/2021.

Mark Schumacher uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 7/26/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of common juniper 7/21 and 7/26/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of wedge-shaped beetle (Macrosiagon limbata) 7/25/2021.

Myrna Orensten uploaded 1 photo of great black digger wasp 7/25/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 7/24/2021.

Gary Holthaus uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 7/24/2021.

jenniferhuss uploaded 2 photos of dog day cicada 7/23/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of pale green assassin bug 7/23/2021.

Ronda Jean uploaded 2 photos of Chicken of the Woods 7/23/2021.

Amy VanLoon uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 7/22/2021.

Twiztedtiff1488 uploaded 4 photos of dark fishing spider 7/21/2021.

ASol uploaded 3 photos of great black digger wasp 7/19/2021.

Chelsey Carlson uploaded 1 photo of potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae) 7/19/2021.

JP uploaded 2 photos of oblong-winged katydid 7/18/2021.

Ashlee French uploaded 1 photo of Colorado potato beetle 7/18/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 7/17/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of European skipper 7/15/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 7/15/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of neighbor moth 7/14/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 4 photos of shinleaf 7/13/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Pennsylvania buttercup 7/13/2021.

Sue Roy uploaded 4 photos of black horse fly 7/15/2021.

Nanc uploaded 2 photos of firefly (Family Lampyridae) 7/13/2021.

Julie Swanson uploaded 1 photo of shamrock orbweaver 7/12/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of bicolored striped sweat bee 7/12/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of moose 7/12/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of tricolored bumble bee 7/12/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Rose-breasted Grosbeak 7/12/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of hummingbird clearwing 7/12/2021.

Cathy Phillips uploaded 1 photo of eyed click beetle 7/12/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of six-spotted fishing spider 7/12/2021.

Maureen Burkle uploaded 1 photo of margined calligrapher 7/4/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Say’s sunflower burrowing-resin bee 4/22/2021.

Deb uploaded 1 photo of red-banded leafhopper 7/4/2021.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of silver-spotted skipper 7/11/2021.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of black-and-gold bumble bee 7/11/2021.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of bicolored striped sweat bee 7/11/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 3 photos of regal fritillary 7/11/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of silver-spotted skipper 7/11/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of Japanese beetle 7/11/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of monarch 7/11/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of brown-belted bumble bee 7/11/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of great golden digger wasp 7/11/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Virginia ctenucha 7/10/2021.

Kali Kocmoud uploaded 3 photos of summer azure 7/10/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of coral hairstreak 7/10/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of minute seed weevil (Homorosoma sulcipenne) 10/20/2019.

Shane Sheets uploaded 2 photos and 1 video of Asiatic wall jumping spider 7/9/2021.

DotieC57 uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod crab spider 7/10/2021.

Nancy Berg uploaded 3 photos of Green Heron 7/10/2021.

Nanc uploaded 3 photos of striped cucumber beetle 7/9/2021.

Nanc uploaded 3 photos of Japanese beetle 7/9/2021.

Nanc uploaded 3 photos of red-spotted purple 7/9/2021.

Nanc uploaded 3 photos of squash vine borer 7/9/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of banded longhorn beetle 7/9/2021.

Lynn M uploaded 2 photos of Indigo Bunting 7/7/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of Scudder’s bush katydid (Scudderia sp.) 7/7/2021.

Nanc uploaded 2 photos of red milkweed beetle 7/6/2021.

Suzanne Gordon uploaded 3 photos of Chicken of the Woods 7/6/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 7/5/2021.

Matthew Klocke uploaded 1 photo of spring peeper 7/5/2021.

Tami uploaded 1 photo of red-banded leafhopper 7/4/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 7/4/2021.

Matthew Klocke uploaded 2 photos of splendid earth-boring beetle 7/3/2021.

Theodore Loftsgard uploaded 1 photo of red-sided garter snake 7/3/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of brown blister beetle 7/3/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of northern pearly eye 7/3/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of common roadside-skipper 4/13/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of cuckoo bee (Triepeolus spp.) 7/1/2021.

Kristyne Holbrook uploaded 2 photos of great golden digger wasp 7/1/2021.

Gerald Carlson uploaded 1 photo of pale green assassin bug 7/1/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of Michigan lily 7/1/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 3 photos of great golden digger wasp 7/1/2021.


June

Mike Poeppe uploaded 3 photos of tawny emperor 6/30/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 3 photos of banded hairstreak 6/30/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Sandhill Crane 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of multicolored Asian lady beetle 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of pale green assassin bug 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of ichneumon wasp (Aritranis director) 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of western honey bee 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of common baskettail 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of eastern yellowjacket 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of Pin-cushion Sunburst Lichen 6/27/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of northern map turtle 6/27/2021.

Maureen Burkle uploaded 3 photos of jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana) 6/27/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Frenchman’s Bluff SNA 6/27/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of wood lily 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of horned clubtail 6/26/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of copper underwing 6/26/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of black swallowtail 6/26/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of American pasqueflower 6/26/2021.

Jocelyne D. uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod crab spider 6/25/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of bumble bee 6/24/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common dandelion 6/24/2021.

Dallas uploaded 3 photos of common whitetail 6/24/2021.

Jamal Hamka uploaded 1 photo of two-marked treehopper 6/23/2021.

Lori Orrben uploaded 1 photo of false bee-killer 6/22/2021.

Jen Taylor uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod crab spider 6/21/2021.

Stephanie Davis uploaded 2 photos of cecropia moth 6/21/2021.

Ashley Petry uploaded 1 photo of White Jelly Fungus 6/21/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 6/21/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of American Redstart 6/20/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 6/18/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ichneumon wasp (Vulgichneumon brevicinctor) 10/27/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 6/18/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of gray treefrog 6/18/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of American nursery web spider 6/18/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of flat-backed millipede (Pleuroloma flavipes) 6/16/2021.

Alicia uploaded 1 photo of forest tent caterpillar 6/15/2021.

Tim Blumentritt uploaded 1 photo of pink lady’s slipper 6/14/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of slender flower longhorn beetle 6/14/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of hackberry emperor 6/14/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of twelve-spotted skimmer 6/14/2021.

Kevin Steuck uploaded 1 photo of polyphemus moth 6/14/2021.

Anoria Zuehlke uploaded 2 photos of polyphemus moth 6/14/2021.

Jacqueline Jorgensen uploaded 3 photos of American carrion beetle 6/12/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of northern map turtle 6/11/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 6/11/2021.

Heidi Wahl uploaded 1 photo of red-spotted purple 6/11/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of agreeable tiger moth 6/10/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of clammy groundcherry 6/10/2021.

Thomas Dilliplane uploaded 3 photos of clavate tortoise beetle 6/10/2021.

Jon Burgoyne uploaded 3 photos of red-spotted purple 6/9/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Delaware skipper 6/9/2021.

Lisa Olson-McDonald uploaded 2 photos of Franklin’s ground squirrel 6/9/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 6/9/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of golden-backed snipe fly 6/8/2021.

Brian C uploaded 2 photos of Killdeer 6/8/2021.

Randy uploaded 4 photos of European larch 6/8/2021.

Randy uploaded 1 photo of swamp white oak 6/8/2021.

Randy uploaded 3 photos of pagoda dogwood 6/8/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of mountain death camas 6/7/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Delaware skipper 4/5/2021.

Claire Althoff uploaded 1 photo of northern small yellow lady’s slipper 6/7/2021.

Tina Lonsky uploaded 3 photos of green frog 6/5/2021.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Barn Swallow 6/5/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of giant mayfly 6/3/2021.

Stephanie Selb uploaded 2 photos of plume moth (Hellinsia glenni) 6/1/2021.

Stephanie Selb uploaded 2 photos of rosy maple moth 6/1/2021.

Stephanie Selb uploaded 1 photo of artichoke plume moth 6/1/2021.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of painted turtle 6/1/2021.

John Haehn uploaded 1 photo of Great Blue Heron 6/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ichneumon wasp (Charops annulipes) 10/30/2019.

Edward uploaded 1 photo of Eastern Kingbird 6/1/2021.

tricolored bumble bee

whitetail deer

Barn Swallow

Devil’s Stinkhorn

black horse fly

common juniper

great black digger wasp

dark fishing spider

regal fritillary

neighbor moth

shinleaf

tawny emperor

eyed click beetle

six-spotted fishing spider

black-and-gold bumble bee

Japanese beetle

summer azure

coral hairstreak

Green Heron

red-spotted purple

Chicken of the Woods

regal fritillary

splendid earth-boring beetle

Michigan lily


banded hairstreak

common baskettail

horned clubtail

White Jelly Fungus

American nursery web spider

flat-backed millipede (Pleuroloma flavipes)

hackberry emperor

twelve-spotted skimmer

northern map turtle

red-spotted purple

agreeable tiger moth

clammy groundcherry

Delaware skipper

European larch

green frog

giant mayfly

plume moth (Hellinsia glenni)

rosy maple moth

 
       
 
New Pages
 
 

July
 
  7/29/2021

great black wasp name changed to great black digger wasp

 
  7/14/2021

agreeable tiger moth

 
  7/13/2021

tawny emperor

 
  7/12/2021

Say’s sunflower burrowing-resin bee

 
  7/11/2021

cuckoo bee (Triepeolus spp.)

 
  7/11/2021

minute seed weevil (Homorosoma sulcipenne)

 
  7/10/2021

Asian wall jumping spider name changed to Asiatic wall jumping spider

 
  7/9/2021

plume moth (Hellinsia glenni)

 
  7/6/2021

golden-backed snipe fly

 
  7/4/2021

hooked buttercup

 
  7/3/2021

northern map turtle

 
  7/3/2021

common roadside-skipper

 
 

June
 
  6/25/2021

giant mayfly

 
  6/21/2020

ichneumon wasp (Vulgichneumon brevicinctor)

 
  6/20/2021

nursery web spider name changed to American nursery web spider

 
  6/19/2021

rosy maple moth

 
  6/18/2021

elm bead gall mite

 
  6/17/2021

large crane fly (Tipula submaculata)

 
  6/14/2021

White-faced Ibis

 
  6/13/2021

Say blister beetle

 
  6/9/2021

Delaware skipper

 
  6/2/2021

ichneumon wasp (Charops annulipes)

 
           
 
Next Up
 
           
 

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plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

 

John Valo

 
 

2

longhorned beetle (Neoclytus mucronatus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

3

yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola)

  Margot Avey  
 

4

gorgone checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone)

 

Scott Leddy

 
 

5

virgin tiger moth (Apantesis virgo)

  Bobbi Johnson  
 

6

wedge-shaped beetle (Macrosiagon flavipennis)

  Mike Poeppe  
 

7

spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera)

 

Greg Watson

 
 

8

spurge hawkmoth (Hyles euphorbiae)

 

Lucy Morrissey

 
 

9

bristly sedge (Carex comosa)

  Luciearl  
 

10

northern crab spider (Mecaphesa asperata)

  Margot Avey  
 

11

silver flower longhorn beetle (Grammoptera subargentata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

12

mason wasp (Zethus spinipes spinipes)

  Mike Poeppe  
 

13

buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

  Greg Watson  
 

14

American green crab spider (Misumessus oblongus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

15

olive-shaded bird-dropping moth (Ponometia candefacta)

  Mike Poeppe  
 

16

signal fly (Rivellia spp.)

  Greg Watson  
 

17

hammock spider (Pityohyphantes costatus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

18

cellophane bees (Colletes spp.)

  Mike Poeppe  
 

19

woolly aphids and gall-making aphids (Subfamily Eriosomatinae)

  Greg Watson  
 

20

boreal combfoot (Steatoda borealis)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

21

large lace-border (Scopula limboundata)

 

Greg Watson

 
 

22

crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

23

grapeleaf skeletonizer (Harrisina americana)

  Greg Watson  
 

24

knot-horn moths (Tribe Phycitini)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

25

great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

  Greg Watson  
 

26

horned spanworm (Nematocampa resistaria)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

27

European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

28

hybotid dance fly (Platypalpus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

29

half-wing (Phigalia titea)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

30

snout mite (Family Bdellidae)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

31

northern bluet (Enallagma annexum)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

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