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 November 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
 
 

October
 
 

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.

Jay Hedin uploaded 1 photo of Oyster Mushroom 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 Hare’s Foot Inkcap 10/7/2021.

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.


September

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Frenchman’s Bluff SNA 9/30/2021.

Lorna uploaded 3 photos of Indigo Milk Cap 9/30/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of staghorn sumac 9/30/2021.

Rebekka Erdman uploaded 3 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/30/2021.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of eastern boxelder bug 9/29/2021

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of bigleaf aster 9/29/2021.

Wags uploaded 2 photos of Elm Oyster 9/28/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of field thistle 9/28/2021.

Armchair Naturalist uploaded 1 photo of white-margined burrower bug 9/27/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of redbelly snake 9/26/2021.

Kristen uploaded 1 photo of Chicken of the Woods 9/26/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Ravenel’s Stinkhorn 9/26/2021.

George uploaded 1 photo of Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) 9/25/2021.

Jennifer Dimich 1 photo of Honey Mushroom 9/25/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of biennial beeblossom 9/23/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana) 9/23/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of locust borer 9/23/2021.

Amy Gustafson uploaded 3 photos of Shaggy Parasol 9/22/2021.

Bill Giese uploaded 2 photos of gray treefrog 9/21/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of eastern prickly gooseberry 9/20/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of common snowberry 9/20/2021.

Chris McKibben uploaded 3 photos of Indigo Milk Cap 9/20/2021.

Tess uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/19/2021.

Mark Volesky uploaded 2 photos of Elm Oyster 9/18/2021.

Jim Southerland uploaded 2 photos of Fried Chicken Mushroom 9/18/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod soldier beetle 9/17/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of knot-horn moth (Tribe Phycitini) 10/21/2019.

Greg Watson uploaded 16 photos of Eagles Bluff Park 9/16/2021.

Brandon Stimpel uploaded 1 photo of Flame Shield 9/16/2021.

Sheri Karras uploaded 1 photo of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/15/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana) 9/14/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Brittlegills (Russula spp.) 9/10/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of common checkered-skipper 9/10/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of great St. Johnswort 7/11/2021.

Tim O’Keefe uploaded 2 photos of Common Puffball 9/10/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of orange sulphur 9/10/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/10/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of drone fly (Eristalis sp.) 9/9/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of pear plant bug 10/20/2019.

Dave Bellmont uploaded 1 photos of dark fishing spider 9/9/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of great brocade 9/8/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of field pussytoes 9/8/2021.

Kim W. uploaded 4 photos of oil beetle (Meloe impressus) 9/8/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of grapeleaf skeletonizer 7/9/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of hammock spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of bold jumper 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of bronze jumping spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 8 photos of zebra jumper 10/24/2019.

Kim Lind Holmgren uploaded 1 photo of red admiral 9/6/2021.

Heidi Voss uploaded 2 photos of Giant Puffball 9/6/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of plant bug (Neolygus spp.) 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of tamarack 9/5/2021.

Jill Maher uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/5/2021.

Bill Elert uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/4/2021.

Molly Hastings uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/4/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of thick-spined jumping spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 10/24/2019.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of large lace-border 7/8/2021.

Laura O'Halloran (with Cian and Grady) uploaded 1 photo of dogwood sawfly (Macremphytus tarsatus) 9/2/2019.

Corey Anderson uploaded 1 photo of Chinese mantis 9/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of calyptrate flies (Zoosubsection Calyptratae) 10/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 9 photos of marbled orbweaver 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of shamrock orbweaver 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of longjawed orbweavers (Tetragnatha spp.) 10/24/2019.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photos of woolly aphids and gall-making aphids (Subfamily Eriosomatinae) 7/2/2021.

birdfoot violet

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

rough blazing star

fringed loosestrife

northern river otter

northern maidenhair

Hare’s Foot Inkcap

Chinese mantis

Hen of the Woods

Chicken of the Woods


American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

eastern boxelder bug

Elm Oyster

white-margined burrower bug

gray treefrog

black and yellow argiope

Elm Oyster

Eagles Bluff Park

common checkered-skipper

great St. Johnswort

Common Puffball

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

field pussytoes

grapeleaf skeletonizer

Giant Puffball

tamarack

 
       
 
New Pages
 
 

October
 
  10/13/2021

white-margined burrower bug

 
  10/11/2021

Shaggy Parasol

 
  10/10/2021

short-tailed aphideater

 
  10/2/2021

Brittlegills (Russula spp.)

 
 

September
 
  9/29/2021

bordered orbweaver

 
 

9/25/2021

common checkered-skipper  
  9/21/2021

oak fig gall wasp

 
  9/18/2021

knot-horn moth (Tribe Phycitini)

 
  9/17/2021

Eagles Bluff Park

 
  9/16/2021

American Hawthorn Rust name changed to Cedar-hawthorn Rust

 
  9/16/2021

drone flies (Eristalis spp.)

 
  9/15/2021

great St. Johnswort

 
  9/14/2021

great brocade

 
  9/13/2021

two-spotted longhorned bee

 
  9/11/2021

pear plant bug

 
  9/9/2021

grapeleaf skeletonizer

 
  9/8/2021

jumping spider (Phidippus spp.)

 
  9/7/2021

plant bug (Neolygus spp.)

 
  9/7/2021

six-lined racerunner

 
  9/6/2021

Chinese mantis

 
  9/5/2021

large lace-border

 
  9/4/2021

thread-waisted wasp (Ammophila pictipennis)

 
  9/3/2021

calyptrate flies (Zoosubsection Calyptratae)

 
  9/1/2021

woolly aphids and gall-making aphids (Subfamily Eriosomatinae)

 
           
 
Next Up
 
 

1

thread-waisted wasp (Prionyx parkeri)

 

Mike Poeppe

 
 

2

bearded bee fly (Anastoechus barbatus)   Dan W. Andree  
 

3

climbing false buckwheat

  Luciearl  
 

4

Persistent Waxcap (Hygrocybe acutoconica)   Bobbi Johnson  
 

5

hybotid dance fly (Platypalpus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

6

Brown Funnel Polypore (Coltricia perennis)

  Jobeadling  
 

7

horsehair worms (Order Gordioidea)   Greg Watson  
 

8

rough-seeded fameflower (Phemeranthus rugospermus)   Nancy Falkum  
 

9

False Chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca)   Jay Hedin  
 

10

Hare’s Ear (Otidea onotica)   Luciearl  
 

11

Boletes (Family Boletaceae)   Bobbi Johnson  
 

12

half-wing (Phigalia titea)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

13

red three-awn (Aristida purpurea var. longiseta)   Nancy Falkum  
 

14

Butter Waxcap (Hygrocybe ceracea)   Luciearl  
 

15

snout mite (Family Bdellidae)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

16

goat’s rue (Tephrosia virginiana)   Nancy Falkum  
 

17

northern bluet (Enallagma annexum)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

18

undivided lucent (Didea fuscipes)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

19

narcissus bulb fly (Merodon equestris)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

20

braconid wasp (Meteorus spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

21

linden looper (Erannis tiliaria)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

22

marsh fly (Tetanocera plebeja)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

23

treehopper (Cyrtolobus tuberosus)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

24

large crane fly (Tipula trivittata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

25

bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea complex)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

26

candy-striped spider (Enoplognatha ovata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

27

tuberculated crab spider (Tmarus angulatus)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

28

crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

29

horned spanworm moth (Nematocampa resistaria)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

30

cloudy-winged miner bee (Andrena nubecula)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

31

boreal combfoot (Steatoda borealis)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

32

buttercup cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes ranunculi)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

33

ichneumon wasp (Melanichneumon spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

34

ichneumon wasp (Colpotrochia trifasciata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

35

spurred carpenter bee (Ceratina calcarata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

36

tachinid fly (Subfamily Exoristinae)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

37

six-spotted orbweaver (Araniella displicata)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

38

dwarf spider (Ceraticelus fissiceps)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

39

potter wasp (Leptochilus spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

40

square-headed wasp (Ectemnius maculosus)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

41

square-headed wasp (Tribe Crabronini)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

42

harvestman (Leiobunum politum)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

43

short-winged meadow katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

44

dark-winged fungus gnat (Eugnoriste spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

45

tuftlegged orbweaver (Mangora placida)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

46

orchard orbweaver (Leucauge venusta)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

47

arabesque orbweaver (Neoscona arabesca)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

48

lattice orbweaver (Araneus thaddeus)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

49

Potter’s funnelweb spider (Agelenopsis potteri)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

50

lined orbweaver (Mangora gibberosa)

  Alfredo Colon  
  51

European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

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

  John Valo  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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