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
 
 

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  
         
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.

 

 

 

 

 

         
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
 
         
 

June
 
 

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.


May

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 5/31/2021.

KSIvan uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 5/29/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of large crane fly (Tipula submaculata) 5/25/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of common green darner 5/25/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of thick-headed fly (Myopa clausa) 5/25/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of White-faced Ibis 5/24/2021.

Brandon Carlsness uploaded 1 photo of Say blister beetle 5/23/2021.

Natalie Welle uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of redbelly snake 5/21/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Leonard’s skipper 5/21/2021.

Friesdale Farms uploaded 5 photos of Golden Oyster Mushroom 5/21/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Jack Pine 5/20/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of hoary puccoon 5/20/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Belted Kingfisher 5/19/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 5/19/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Sandhill Crane 5/19/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of thick-headed fly (Myopa clausa) 5/17/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Ottoe skipper 3/14/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of lowbush blueberry 5/17/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of elm calligrapha 5/12/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of sand wasp (Gorytes spp.) 10/27/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of black swallowtail 5/10/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Franklin’s Gull 5/10/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Rough-legged Hawk 5/10/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of Leonard’s skipper 3/14/2021.

Beth uploaded 2 photos of dark fishing spider 5/7/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Pennsylvania sedge 5/7/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of dogwood sawfly (Macremphytus testaceus) 10/27/2019.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of northern broken-dash 3/13/2021.

Bird lover uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 5/3/2021.

Bird lover uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of Belted Kingfisher 5/3/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Red-bellied Woodpecker 5/3/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Canada Goose 5/2/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Mossy Maze Polypore 3/28/2021.

Lisa Dahl uploaded 3 photos of Scarlet Cup 5/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of eastern harvestman 10/30/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of eastern harvestman 10/22/2019.

American nursery web spider

flat-backed millipede (Pleuroloma flavipes)

hackberry emperor

twelve-spotted skimmer

clammy groundcherry

red-spotted purple

Delaware skipper

European larch

green frog

rosy maple moth


eastern tiger swallowtail

Leonard’s skipper

Golden Oyster Mushroom

jack pine

hoary puccoon

lowbush blueberry

Rough-legged Hawk

Pennsylvania sedge

Red-bellied Woodpecker

 
       
 
New Pages
 
       
 

June
 
  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)

 
 

May
 
  5/31/2021

elm calligrapha

 
  5/30/2021

John Peter Hoffman Spring Brook Valley WMA

 
  5/25/2021

thick-headed fly (Myopa clausa)

 
  5/21/2021

Ottoe skipper

 
  5/17/2021

sand wasp (Gorytes spp.)

 
  5/11/2021

Leonard’s skipper

 
  5/6/2021

dogwood sawfly (Macremphytus testaceus)

 
  5/5/2021

northern broken-dash

 
  5/3/2021

Mossy Maze Polypore

 
  5/1/2021

eastern harvestman

 
         
 
Next Up
 
         
 

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giant mayfly (Hexagenia limbata)

Luciearl  
 

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common roadside-skipper (Amblyscirtes vialis)

Scott Leddy

 
 

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common map turtle (Graptemys geographica)

Mike Poeppe  
 

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golden-backed snipe fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus)

Greg Watson  
 

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hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

John Valo

 
 

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plume moth (Hellinsia glenni)

Stephanie Selb

 
 

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minute seed weevil (Homorosoma sulcipenne)

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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Say’s sunflower burrowing-resin bee (Paranthidium jugatorium jugatorium)

Scott Leddy

 
 

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agreeable tiger moth (Spilosoma congrua)

Greg Watson  
 

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plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

John Valo

 
 

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longhorned beetle (Neoclytus mucronatus)

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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gorgone checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone)

Scott Leddy

 
 

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silver flower longhorn beetle (Grammoptera subargentata)

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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American green crab spider (Misumessus oblongus)

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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hammock spider (Pityohyphantes costatus)

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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boreal combfoot (Steatoda borealis)

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

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