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.

  Cannon River Wilderness Area  
         
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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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

 

         
Hibernal Season
         
 

The hibernal ecological season corresponds to the winter calendar season. In our area it is characterized by cold temperatures, a usually snow-covered landscape, and an absence of migratory bird species. Deciduous trees are bare and fallen leaves begin to decay. Migrating birds have settled in winter habitats. In Minnesota the hibernal season usually begins about December 1 and lasts until about March 1.

Snow Cover
The average date for the first one-inch snow fall in the Twin Cities is November 18. The average date for “permanent snow cover” in the Twin Cities is unknown but is probably mid-December. Permanent snow cover here is defined as at least one centimeter of snow cover that lasts at least one month.

Temperature
On average, cold temperatures arrive in the Twin Cities on December 3. On that date the average high temperature is below freezing.

  Cannon River Wilderness Area  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         
 
Recent Uploads
 
 

January
 
 

Jon Nicholson uploaded 2 photos of black giant ichneumonid wasp 1/12/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of candy-striped spider 6/27 and 6/28/2021.

Ian Nicholson uploaded 1 photo of tricolored bumble bee 1/12/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of turf running spider 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of bronze jumping spider 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of six-spotted orbweaver 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of humpbacked orbweaver 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Hentz orbweaver 10/24/2019.

Diana Hensley uploaded 1 photo of Belted Kingfisher 1/7/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of turf running spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of wide ribbon meshweaver 10/24/2019.

DBaloi uploaded 1 photo of Wrinkled Peach 1/5/2022.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of tuberculated crab spider 10/24/2019 and 1 on 6/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of ground spiders (Family Gnaphosidae) 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of arabesque orbweaver 10/24/2019.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of porcupine grass 10/17/2021.


December

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of zebra jumper 6/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of tuftlegged orbweaver 10/24/2019.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of tinyleaf small plume moss 10/20/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of common white-cheeked jumping spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of lined orbweaver 10/24/2019.

GabiR uploaded 2 photos of Asiatic wall jumping spider 12/24/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of twoleaf miterwort 10/20/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of slow running crab spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of banded argiope 10/24/2019.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 2 photos of walking fern 10/20/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of lattice orbweaver 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Asiatic wall jumping spider 10/24/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of Elbowpatch Crust 12/6/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of goat’s rue 10/17/2021.

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

Ashlee B. uploaded 2 photos of impressive meloine beetle 12/6/2021.

Bridget L uploaded 2 photos of Pinwheel Mushrooms (Family Marasmiaceae) 12/4/2021.

Nancy Falkum uploaded 1 photo of racemed milkwort 10/17/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 7 photos of Potter’s funnelweb spider 10/24/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of jumping spider (Family Salticidae) 10/24/2021.

black giant ichneumonid wasp

candy-striped spider

six-spotted orbweaver

Hentz orbweaver

turf running spider

arabesque orbweaver


tinyleaf small plume moss

lined orbweaver

walking fern

orchard orbweaver

jumping spider (Family Salticidae)

 
       
 
New Pages
 
 

January
 
  1/17/2022

black giant ichneumonid wasp

 
  1/14/2022

candy-striped spider

 
  1/13/2022

cobweb weaver (Family Theridiidae)

 
  1/12/2022

six-spotted orbweaver

 
  1/11/2022

humpbacked orbweaver

 
  1/10/2022

Hentz orbweaver

 
  1/10/2022

Hentz’s orbweaver name changed to Hentz orbweaver

 
  1/7/2022

turf running spider

 
  1/5/2022

tuberculated crab spider

 
  1/4/2022

ground spiders (Family Gnaphosidae)

 
  1/3/2022

arabesque orbweaver

 
  1/1/2022

porcupine grass

 
 

December
 
  12/31/2021

seed-eating ground beetle (Amara lunicollis) name changed to moon-collared harp ground beetle

 
  12/30/2021

tuftlegged orbweaver

 
  12/29/2021

French Regional Park name changed to Clifton E. French Regional Park

 
  12/27/2021

tinyleaf small plume moss

 
  12/26/2021

lined orbweaver

 
  12/24/2021

twoleaf miterwort

 
  12/23/2021

slow running crab spider

 
  12/21/2021

walking fern

 
  12/20/2021

lattice orbweaver

 
  12/17/2021

Elbowpatch Crust

 
  12/16/2021

goat’s rue

 
  12/15/2021

orchard orbweaver

 
  12/13/2021

Pinwheel Mushrooms (Family Marasmiaceae)

 
  12/10/2021

Can-of-worms Lichen

 
 

12/8/2021

oil beetle (Meloe impressus) name changed to impressive meloine beetle  
  12/6/2021

racemed milkwort

 
  12/5/2021

Potter’s funnelweb spider

 
  12/3/2021

flowering plants (Class Magnoliopsida)

 
  12/2/2021

bog birch

 
  12/1/2021

arge moth

 
           
 
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Green Wood Cup (Chlorociboria aeruginascens)   Luciearl  
 

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boreal combfoot (Steatoda borealis)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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different cobweb weaver (Theridion differens)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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wandering house cobweaver (Parasteatoda tabulata)

 

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punctated ground crab spider (Xysticus punctatus)

 

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northern long-toothed sheetweaver (Drapetisca alteranda)

 

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dwarf spider (Ceraticelus fissiceps)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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small pirate wolf spider (Piratula minuta)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
 

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harvestman (Leiobunum politum)

 

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buttercup cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes ranunculi)

 

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braconid wasp (Meteorus spp.)

 

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ichneumon wasp (Melanichneumon spp.)

 

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cloudy-winged miner bee (Andrena nubecula)

 

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crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

 

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ichneumon wasp (Colpotrochia trifasciata)

 

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argid sawflies (Family Argidae)

 

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spurred carpenter bee (Ceratina calcarata)

 

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tachinid fly (Subfamily Exoristinae)

 

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potter wasp (Leptochilus spp.)

 

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square-headed wasp (Ectemnius maculosus)

 

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square-headed wasp (Tribe Crabronini)

 

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short-winged meadow katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)

 

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dark-winged fungus gnat (Eugnoriste spp.)

 

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narcissus bulb fly (Merodon equestris)

 

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large crane fly (Tipula trivittata)

 

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treehopper (Cyrtolobus tuberosus)

 

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marsh fly (Tetanocera plebeja)

 

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bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea complex)

 

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European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

 

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pale green weevil (Polydrusus impressifrons)

 

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leaf miner flies (Liriomyza spp.)

 

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chalcid wasp (Family Torymidae)

 

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gall midges and wood midges (Family Cecidomyiidae)

 

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metallic wood-boring beetle (Agrilus cyanescens)

 

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horned spanworm moth (Nematocampa resistaria)

 

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undivided lucent (Didea fuscipes)

 

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linden looper (Erannis tiliaria)

 

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plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

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