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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2,280
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
 
 

August
 
 

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of four-humped stink bug 6/24/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of green cone-headed planthopper 8/8/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of hunchback bee fly 8/8/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of red admiral 8/8/2022.

Maureen Burkle uploaded 1 photo of northern paper wasp 8/8/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of cloudy-winged mining bee 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of slender smoothtail 7/8/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of longlegged fly (Condylostylus patibulatus)
6/30/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Indianpipe 8/6/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of monarch 8/5/2022.

AHesse uploaded 1 photo of white-lined sphinx 8/5/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 8/5/2022.

LMG uploaded 1 video of great black digger wasp and great golden digger
wasp
8/4/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of viceroy 8/4/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of jagged ambush bug and
western honey bee 8/4/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of monarch 8/3/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of pasture grass-veneer 6/24/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of buttercup blood bee 8/23/2019.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of white-flowered leafcup 6/30/2022.

Matthaak uploaded 1 photo of black-sided meadow katydid 8/1/2022.

S. Boggie & B. Sweet uploaded 3 photos of white-marked tussock moth
8/1/2022

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of whitespotted sawyer 7/8/2021


July

Joan Miller uploaded 2 photos of red-spotted purple 7/31/2022.

Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Dekay’s brown snake 7/31/2022.

Glen Young uploaded 1 photo of dogbane beetle 7/30/2022.

Vikki Selix uploaded 2 photos of limber honeysuckle 7/30/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of dogbane beetle 7/30/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of two-striped grasshopper 7/29/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of northern paper wasp 7/28/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of ants (Family Formicidae) 7/28/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of citrus flatid planthopper 7/28/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade 7/28/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of American stickseed 7/28/2022.

DebMN uploaded 1 photo of American red squirrel 7/28/2022.

Stacey Wilber uploaded 1 photo of Parker’s thread-waisted wasp 7/28/2022.

Kerry uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of curve-tailed bush katydid 7/27/2022.

Robert Ewert uploaded 1 photo of white-lined sphinx 7/26/2022.

Nathaniel Morris uploaded 1 video of whitespotted sawyer 7/25/2022.

Cheryl TeHennepe uploaded 1 video of variegated fritillary 7/25/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 2 photos of Orange Peel Fungus 7/25/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 2 photos of Crown-tipped Coral 7/25/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 2 photos of Deer Mushroom 7/25/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 2 photos of Smooth Axil-bristle Lichen
7/25/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 2 photos of Chicken of the Woods 7/25/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 1 video of Common Eyelash 7/25/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 2 videos of Violet-toothed Polypore 7/25/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of red milkweed beetle 7/24/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of predatory stink bug (Podisus placidus)
7/24/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of wild indigo duskywing 7/24/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of bronze copper 7/24/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 1 photo of Common Eyelash 7/24/2022.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 video of Trumpeter Swan 7/23/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of twice-stabbed stink bug 7/8/2021

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of non-biting midge (Axarus festivus)
7/8/2021

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of multicolored Asian lady beetle 7/8/2021

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of pale green assassin bug 7/8/2021

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of striped cucumber beetle 7/8/2021

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of two-spotted grass bug 7/8/2021

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod crab spider 7/8/2021

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of rhubarb weevil 7/8/2021

Joshua Smith uploaded 6 photos of Hintapink 7/22/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of American copper 7/22/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of hickory hairstreak 7/22/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 2 photos of white-banded crab spider 7/22/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of grimmia dry rock moss 10/27/2019.

Lucy Morrissey uploaded 3 photos of blinded sphinx 7/21/2022.

Jane Harper uploaded 3 photos of Black Trumpet 7/21/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 1 photo of Silky Rosegill 7/20/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 2 photos of Wrinkled Psathyrella 7/20/2022.

Brittany Z. uploaded 1 video of spiny assassin bug 7/20/2022.

Tiffany Lindley uploaded 1 photo of elm sawfly 7/20/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 1 photo of Jelly Rot 7/20/2022.

Honey Fae (Farah S.) uploaded 2 photos of Dead Man’s Fingers 7/20/2022.

Laura Perttula uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 7/20/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of bronze jumping spider 7/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of pale green assassin bug 7/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of wide ribbon meshweaver 7/1/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of American copper 7/19/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of large lace-border 7/19/2022.

Margot Avey uploaded 3 photos of orbweavers (Family Araneidae) 7/18/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 7/12/2022.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of Dryad’s Saddle 7/18/2022.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 7/18/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of Scudder’s bush katydids (Scudderia spp.)
7/17/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of Japanese beetle 7/17/2022.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of eastern tailed-blue 7/17/2022.

AGShep uploaded 2 photos of False Death Cap 7/17/2022.

Megan uploaded 1 photo of Green Heron 7/17/2022.

Libbs uploaded 1 photo of fraternal potter wasp 7/16/2022.

Terry O'Brien uploaded 1 photo of Acadian hairstreak 7/15/2022.

Lisa Lokken uploaded 1 photo of goldenrod crab spider 7/15/2022.

Lucy Morrissey uploaded 3 photos of snowberry clearwing 7/15/2022.

Amber Rathman uploaded 2 photos of Red-cracking Bolete 7/14/2022.

Brian S uploaded 1 photo of American White Pelican 7/14/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of argid sawflies (Arge spp.) 10/27/2019.

Stephanie Burley uploaded 1 photo of red-spotted purple 7/12/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of white-banded crab spider 7/12/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Fairy Fingers 7/12/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Golden Chanterelle 7/12/2022.

Molly Stoddard uploaded 2 photos of Banasa stink bug 7/12/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of forest locust 7/10/2022.

Brandi uploaded 1 photo of camel crickets (Ceuthophilus spp.) 7/10/2022.

Whitey Com uploaded 1 photo of Mexican grass-carrying wasp 7/10/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of bee-mimic beetle 7/10/2022.

TC uploaded 3 photos of plum finger gall mite 7/10/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of Upland Sandpiper 7/10/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of heart-leaved four o'clock 7/10/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of swift crab spider 7/10/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod crab spider 7/8/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of northern crab spider 7/8/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of New Jersey tea 7/7/2022.

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

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of downy yellowjacket 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 7 photos of great black digger wasp 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of potter and mason wasps
(Subfamily Eumeninae)
10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Hooded Sunburst Lichen 10/27/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of common self-heal (ssp. vulgaris) 7/7/2022.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of northern crab spider 7/6/2022.

Karyn uploaded 1 photo of eye-spotted lady beetle 7/6/2022.

Sierra Quinn uploaded 2 photos of jagged ambush bugs (Phymata spp.)
7/7/2022.

KC Paulson uploaded 1 photo of Potter’s grass spider 7/5/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of lance-leaf coreopsis 7/4/2022.

Kathy Yahr uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 7/4/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of smooth rose 7/4/2022.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of veiny pea 7/4/2022.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of brown and orange predatory
stink bug
7/3/2022.

Molly and Robert Power uploaded 1 photo of Abbott’s sphinx 7/3/2022.

Cynthia Cavanaugh uploaded 1 photo and 2 videos of Tree Swallow 7/2/2022.

Paulette G uploaded 1 photo of banded hairstreak 7/2/2022.

Alissa H. uploaded 1 photo of zebra jumper 7/2/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ichneumonid wasps
(Melanichneumon spp.)
10/27/2019.

Anita Hall uploaded 1 photo of great spangled fritillary 7/1/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 5 photos of King’s and Queen’s Bluff SNA 7/1/2022.

Greg Watson uploaded 8 photos of Great River Bluffs State Park 7/1/2022.

four-humped stink bug

hunchback bee fly

red admiral

northern paper wasp

white-lined sphinx

jagged ambush bug (americana)

buttercup blood bee

white-marked tussock moth


red-spotted purple

limber honeysuckle

dogbane beetle

northern paper wasp

two-striped grasshopper

Crown-tipped Coral

Deer Mushroom

bronze copper

midge (Axarus festivus)

multicolored Asian lady beetle

goldenrod crab spider

Hintapink

American copper

grimmia dry rock moss

blinded sphinx

Wrinkled Psathyrella

American copper

large lace-border

orbweaver (Family Araneidae)

eastern tailed-blue

False Death Cap

red-spotted purple

Golden Chanterelle

bee-mimic beetle

Dan W. Andree

heart-leaved four o’clock

great black digger wasp

common self-heal (ssp. vulgaris)

 
       
 
New Pages
 
 

August
 
 

8/10/2022

four-humped stink bug  
  8/8/2022

cloudy-winged mining bee

 
  8/8/2022

Silky Rosegill

 
  8/7/2022

longlegged fly (Condylostylus patibulatus)

 
 

8/6/2022

forest locust  
 

8/6/2022

spur-throated grasshoppers (Melanoplus spp.) name changed to North American spur-throated grasshoppers

 
  8/4/2022

pasture grass-veneer

 
 

8/4/2022

buttercup blood bee

 
 

8/3/2022

Wrinkled Psathyrella

 
 

8/3/2022

orbweavers (Family Araneidae)

 
 

8/2/2022

white-flowered leafcup

 
 

July
 
 

7/30/2022

wasp mantidfly name changed to brown wasp mantidfly  
 

7/29/2022

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade name changed from (Circaea canadensis ssp. canadensis) to (Circaea canadensis)

 
 

7/29/2022

thread-waisted wasp (Prionyx parkeri) name changed to Parker’s thread-waisted wasp  
  7/27/2022

Acadian hairstreak

 
  7/27/2022

New Jersey tea

 
  7/27/2022

Red-cracking Bolete

 
 

7/26/2022

brown and orange predatory stink bug  
  7/26/2022

meal moth

 
  7/24/2022

rhubarb curculio name changed to rhubarb weevil

 
 

7/23/2022

grimmia dry rock moss

 
  7/21/2022

Trembling Phlebia name changed to Jelly Rot

 
  7/19/2022

Sunburst Lichens (Xanthoria spp.) (updated)

 
  7/19/2022

mosses (Division Bryophyta)

 
  7/18/2022

Gray False Death Cap name changed to False Death Cap

 
  7/18/2022

White False Death Cap name changed to False Death Cap

 
  7/16/2022

aniseroot

 
  7/15/2022

lance-leaf coreopsis

 
  7/14/2022

Abbott’s sphinx

 
  7/14/2022

ligated furrow bee

 
  7/13/2022

argid sawflies (Arge spp.)

 
  7/11/2022

chokecherry finger gall mite name changed to plum finger gall mite

 
  7/9/2022

Scaly Dog Pelt Lichen

 
  7/8/2022

Scaly Pelt Lichen

 
  7/8/2022

white-banded crab spider

 
  7/7/2022

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris) name changed to common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

 
  7/7/2022

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris var. vulgaris) name changed to common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. vulgaris)

 
  7/6/2022

brickwork woodlouse

 
 

7/5/2022

Potter’s funnelweb spider name changed to Potter’s grass spider  
  7/3/2022

scentless plant bug (Arhyssus nigristernum)

 
  7/2/2022

ichneumonid wasps (Melanichneumon spp.)

 
  7/2/2022

ichneumonid wasps (Family Ichneumonidae) (updated)

 
           
 
Next Up
 
 

1

maple-basswood leafroller moth (Cenopis pettitana)   Greg Watson  
 

2

confusing bumble bee (Bombus perplexus)   Luciearl  
 

3

Orange Mycena (Mycena leaiana)   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

4

crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

5

double-banded scoliid wasp (Scolia bicincta)   Maureen Burkle  
 

6

yellow-horned flower longhorn beetle (Strangalia luteicornis)   Mike Poeppe  
 

7

small carpenter bees (Ceratina spp.)   LMG  
 

8

black firefly (Lucidota atra)   Greg Watson  
 

9

blue stain fungi   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

10

ichneumon wasp (Colpotrochia trifasciata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

11

smiling mason wasp (Ancistrocerus campestris)   Maureen Burkle  
 

12

tule bluet (Enallagma carunculatum)   Mike Poeppe  
 

13

broad-headed marsh fly (Helophilus latifrons)   Greg Watson  
 

14

Black Velvet Bolete (Tylopilus alboater)   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

15

harvestman (Leiobunum politum)

  Alfredo Colon  
 

16

American snout (Libytheana carinenta)   Mike Poeppe  
 

17

potter wasp (Parazumia symmorpha)   Greg Watson  
 

18

Scarlet Elf Cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea)   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

19

Kansas lady beetle (Scymnus kansanus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

20

robber fly (Asilus sericeus)   Mike Poeppe  
 

21

one-spotted variant (Hypagyrtis unipunctata)   Greg Watson  
 

22

Scaly Ink Cap (Coprinopsis variegata)   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

23

spurred carpenter bee (Ceratina calcarata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

24

dark-veined long-horned bee (Melissodes trinodis)   Mike Poeppe  
 

25

deer mushroom (Pluteus granularis)   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

26

tachinid fly (Subfamily Exoristinae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

27

Summer Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus pulmonarius)   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

28

potter wasp (Leptochilus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

29

Orange Faint Foot Mushroom (Xeromphalina tenuipes)   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

30

square-headed wasp (Ectemnius maculosus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

31

Goblet Funnel Cap (Pseudoclitocybe cyathiformis)   Honey Fae (Farah S.)  
 

32

square-headed wasp (Tribe Crabronini)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

33

short-winged meadow katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

34

dark-winged fungus gnat (Eugnoriste spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

35

narcissus bulb fly (Merodon equestris)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

36

large crane fly (Tipula trivittata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

37

treehopper (Cyrtolobus tuberosus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

38

marsh fly (Tetanocera plebeja)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

39

bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea complex)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

40

European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

41

pale green weevil (Polydrusus impressifrons)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

42

leaf miner flies (Liriomyza spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

43

chalcid wasp (Family Torymidae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

44

gall midges and wood midges (Family Cecidomyiidae)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

45

bluish borer (Agrilus cyanescens)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

46

horned spanworm moth (Nematocampa resistaria)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

47

undivided lucent (Didea fuscipes)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

48

linden looper (Erannis tiliaria)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

49

dwarf spider (Ceraticelus fissiceps)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

50

braconid wasp (Meteorus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

51

small red midge (Microtendipes pedellus)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

52

black-dotted glyph (Maliattha synochitis)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

53

white-jawed jumping spider (Hentzia mitrata)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

54

giant lady beetles (Anatis spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

55

spring tree-top flasher (Pyractomena borealis)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

56

leafhopper (Macropsis osborni)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

57

picture-winged fly (Pseudoseioptera albipes)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

58

treehopper (Telamona monticola)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

59

plant bug (Neurocolpus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

60

broad-banded meadow fly (Chrysotoxum plumeum)   Alfredo Colon  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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