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.

  Spring Lake Regional Park  
         
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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2,229
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Drought Monitor

 

         
Vernal Season
         
 

The vernal season, also called spring, is the season when visible signs of life return to the landscape after a desolate hibernal (winter) and a mostly barren prevernal (pre-spring) season. Tree buds burst into leaves. Birds establish territories and begin mating and nesting. In Minnesota, the vernal season usually begins about May 1 and ends about June 15.

  Spring Lake Regional Park  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         
 
Recent Uploads
 
 

May
 
 

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.

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.

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.


April

Tori uploaded 3 photos of red velvet mite 4/30/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 4 photos of Vetsch Park 4/29/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of bloodroot 4/29/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of lyre-leaved rock cress 4/29/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of rue anemone 4/29/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Northern Harrier 4/29/2022.

J Armst uploaded 1 photo of Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4/21/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of Brown Creeper 4/21/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of mourning cloak 4/21/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of Birch Polypore 4/21/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of spongy oak apple gall wasp 4/20/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 4/19/2022.

Alissa H. uploaded 2 photos of fishing spider (Dolomedes sp.) 4/17/2022.

Alissa H. uploaded 1 photo of zebra jumper 4/17/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of juniper haircap moss 4/10/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of punctated ground crab spider 10/24/2019.

BG uploaded 1 photo of impressive meloine beetle 4/10/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of early buttercup 4/10/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of common house spider 10/24/2019.

Deah Jean uploaded 2 photos of Scarlet Cup 4/11/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit with American White Pelicans 4/10/2022.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of American pasqueflower 4/10/2022.

Scott uploaded 1 photo of longjawed orbweaver (Tetragnatha sp.) 4/7/2022.

M.H. uploaded 4 photos of Purple-spored Puffball 4/6/2022.

Mary Katherine May uploaded 1 photo of white-spotted sawyer 4/3/2022.

Kellogg Weaver Dunes SNA, Weaver Dunes Unit

Scarlet Tanager

Golden Oyster Mushroom

House Wren

Indigo Bunting

bloodroot

Dekay's brown snake

Sharp-shinned Hawk

polyphemus moth


Vetsch Park

rue anemone

mourning cloak

juniper haircap moss

punctated ground crab spider

Scarlet Cup

 
       
 
New Pages
 
 

May
 
  5/22/2022

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

 
  5/21/2022

northern long-toothed sheetweaver

 
 

April
 
  4/30/2022

Vetsch Park

 
  4/22/2022

Skull Lake, East Tract

 
  4/18/2022

fishing spiders (Dolomedes spp.)

 
  4/17/2022

juniper haircap moss

 
  4/16/2022

punctated ground crab spider

 
  4/15/2022

early buttercup

 
  4/13/2022

common house spider

 
  4/10/2022

Rush WMA

 
           
 
Next Up
 
 

1

hook-spurred longhorn (Eucera hamata)   Nancy Falkum  
 

2

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)   Dan W. Andree  
 

3

dwarf spider (Ceraticelus fissiceps)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

4

springtails (Hypogastrura spp.)

  Luciearl  
 

5

redshank (Ceratodon purpureus)   Nancy Falkum  
 

6

ground wolf spider (Trochosa terricola)   Alfredo Colon  
 

7

small pirate wolf spider (Piratula minuta)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

8

harvestman (Leiobunum politum)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

9

buttercup cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes ranunculi)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

10

braconid wasp (Meteorus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

11

ichneumon wasp (Melanichneumon spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

12

cloudy-winged miner bee (Andrena nubecula)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

13

crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

14

ichneumon wasp (Colpotrochia trifasciata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

15

argid sawflies (Family Argidae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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spurred carpenter bee (Ceratina calcarata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

17

tachinid fly (Subfamily Exoristinae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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potter wasp (Leptochilus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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square-headed wasp (Ectemnius maculosus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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square-headed wasp (Tribe Crabronini)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

21

short-winged meadow katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

22

dark-winged fungus gnat (Eugnoriste spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

23

narcissus bulb fly (Merodon equestris)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

24

large crane fly (Tipula trivittata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

25

treehopper (Cyrtolobus tuberosus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

26

marsh fly (Tetanocera plebeja)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea complex)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

28

European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

29

pale green weevil (Polydrusus impressifrons)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

30

leaf miner flies (Liriomyza spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

31

chalcid wasp (Family Torymidae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

32

gall midges and wood midges (Family Cecidomyiidae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

33

metallic wood-boring beetle (Agrilus cyanescens)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

34

horned spanworm moth (Nematocampa resistaria)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

35

undivided lucent (Didea fuscipes)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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linden looper (Erannis tiliaria)

 

Alfredo Colon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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