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.

  Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve

 

Species

Plants

  musk thistle

Native, naturalized, invasive, or simply planted—any plant growing outside of cultivation in Minnesota.

More than 900 plant pages include photos, a description, a distribution map, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, and visitor sightings.

 
    Photo by Alfredo Colon

Insects

  white underwing

Insects and arachnids found in Minnesota.

More than 900 insect and arachnid pages include photos, a description, a distribution map, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, and visitor sightings.

 
    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, a distribution map, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, and visitor sightings.

 
    Photo by Luciearl

Mushrooms, Lichens, and Other Fungi

  Yellow Morel

Mushrooms, lichens, and other fungi found in Minnesota.

More than 200 fungi and lichen pages include photos, a description, a distribution map, a list of sightings by MinnesotaSeasons.com, and visitor sightings.

 
     

 

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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

 

 

Prevernal Season

Prevernal is an ecological season. It does not correspond to any calendar season. Also called pre-spring, it fits between snow-covered winter and the wildflowers of spring. In Minnesota, it begins about March 1, as the weather warms and the snow melts, and lasts until about May 1. Deciduous tree buds begin to swell. Migrating birds fly from winter to summer habitats.

  Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Uploads

March

monarch and regal fritillary

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of monarch and regal fritillary 3/2/2024.

two-spotted stink bug

Heather uploaded 2 photos of two-spotted stink bug 3/2/2024.

Black-footed Reindeer Lichen

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Black-footed Reindeer Lichen 2/26/2024.

Dark-eyed Junco

Betsy O’Rourke uploaded 2 photos of Dark-eyed Junco 3/1/2024.

flat-headed apple tree borer

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of flat-headed apple tree borer 12/20/2022.

February

flower weevil (Odontocorynus sp.)

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of flower weevils (Odontocorynus spp.) 10/30/2022.

red speckled dun

Babette Kis uploaded 1 photo of red speckled dun 10/18/2022.

Green Reindeer Lichen

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Green Reindeer Lichen 2/26/2024.

Unidentified Lichen

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Unidentified Lichen 2/26/2024.

European snout beetle

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of European snout beetle 7/6/2021.

European snout beetle

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of European snout beetle 6/30/2021.

Bald Eagle

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Bald Eagle 2/24/2024.

regal fritillary

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 2/24/2024.

American Redstart

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of American Redstart 2/23/2024.

Hammered Shield Lichen

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Hammered Shield Lichen 2/22/2024.

Star Rosette Lichen

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Star Rosette Lichen 2/22/2024.

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of George H. Crosby Manitou State Park 2/22/2024.

Mock Oyster Mushroom

Blyke uploaded 5 photos of Mock Oyster Mushroom 2/21/2024.

northern bush katydid

Babette Kis uploaded 2 photos of northern bush katydid 10/18/2022.

western poison ivy

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of western poison ivy 2/20/2024.

tree climacium moss

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of tree climacium moss 2/13/2024.

pale green weevil

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of pale green weevil 6/30/2021.

flower weevil (Odontocorynus sp.)

Babette Kis uploaded 1 photo of flower weevils (Odontocorynus spp.) 5/16/2023.

Black Witches’ Butter

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of Black Witches’ Butter 1/22/2024.

Black Witches’ Butter

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Black Witches’ Butter 1/21/2024.

Canada thistle bud weevil

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of Canada thistle bud weevil 12/12/2022.

Canada thistle bud weevil

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of Canada thistle bud weevil 9/9/2022.

western poison ivy

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of western poison ivy 2/13/2024.

brook trout

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of brook trout 2/13/2024.

black vine weevil

Babette Kis uploaded 2 photos of black vine weevil 10/20/2022.

Bald Eagle

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Bald Eagle 2/11/2024.

Red Tree Brain Fungus

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Red Tree Brain Fungus 1/22/2024.

Red Tree Brain Fungus

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Red Tree Brain Fungus 1/21/2024.

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Dan W. Andree uploaded 3 photos of George H. Crosby Manitou State Park 2/8/2024.

veiny pea

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of veiny pea 2/8/2024.

baptisia seed pod weevil

Babette Kis uploaded 1 photo of baptisia seed pod weevil 10/6/2023.

flower bud weevil

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of flower bud weevil 12/12/2022.

George H. Crosby Manitou State Park

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of George H. Crosby Manitou State Park 2/6/2024.

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Lisa Hoover uploaded 1 photo of Eurasian Collared-Dove 2/5/2024.

Club-like Tuning Fork

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Club-like Tuning Fork 2/5/2024.

Star Rosette Lichen

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of Star Rosette Lichen 2/3/2024.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Next

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spotted bird grasshopper (Schistocerca lineata)

Babette Kis

2

Oriental beetle (Exomala orientalis)

Alfredo Colon

3

fulminating long-horned beetle (Sarosesthes fulminans) Michael Woolridge

4

goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Babette Kis

5

banded net-wing beetle (Calopteron reticulatum)

Alfredo Colon

6

rough avens (Geum laciniatum)

Babette Kis

7

potato flea beetle (Epitrix cucumeris)

Alfredo Colon

8

Milwaukee miner bee (Andrena milwaukeensis)

Babette Kis

9

lateral-lobed soldier beetle (Ditemnus latilobus)

Alfredo Colon

10

maize calligrapher (Toxomerus politus)

Babette Kis

11

triangular false click beetle (Microrhagus triangularis)

Alfredo Colon

12

orange-spotted drone fly (Eristalis anthophorina)

Babette Kis

13

spring tree-top flasher (Pyractomena borealis)

Alfredo Colon

14

wasp-like falsehorn (Temnostoma alternans)

Babette Kis

15

Canada fire-colored beetle (Dendroides canadensis)

Alfredo Colon

16

aphideaters (Eupeodes americanus complex)

Babette Kis

17

broad-banded meadow fly (Chrysotoxum plumeum)

Alfredo Colon

18

pufftails (Sphegina Subgenus Asiosphegina)

Babette Kis

19

common flower fly (Syrphus ribesii)

Alfredo Colon

20

tachinid flies (Cylindromyia spp.)

Babette Kis

21

gnat ogre (Holcocephala fusca)

Alfredo Colon

22

gnat ogre (Holcocephala calva)

Babette Kis

23

gnat ogres (Holcocephala spp.)

Alfredo Colon

24

bee fly (Chrysanthrax cypris)

Babette Kis

25

picture-winged fly (Pseudoseioptera albipes)

Alfredo Colon

26

fruit fly (Campiglossa albiceps)

Babette Kis

27

recumbent ground crab spider (Xysticus auctificus)

Alfredo Colon

28

thin-legged wolf spiders (Pardosa spp.)

Babette Kis

29

ant mimic jumping spider (Myrmarachne formicaria)

Alfredo Colon

30

grayish jumping spider (Phidippus princeps)

Babette Kis

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eastern spurred ghost spider (Anyphaena pectorosa)

Alfredo Colon

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three-banded crab spider (Xysticus triguttatus)

Babette Kis

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ghost spiders (Anyphaena spp.) Alfredo Colon

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peppered jumping spider (Pelegrina galathea)

Babette Kis

35

reddish checkered beetle (Enoclerus rosmarus)

Alfredo Colon

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common barklouse (Metylophorus purus) Alfredo Colon

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elegant crab spider (Xysticus elegans)

Alfredo Colon

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Hart’s jumping spider (Tutelina harti) Alfredo Colon

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heptagonal orbweaver (Gea heptagon) Alfredo Colon

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black-tailed red sheetweaver (Florinda coccinea)

Alfredo Colon

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shore spider (Pardosa milvina)

Alfredo Colon

42

lyric cobweaver (Yunohamella lyrica)

Alfredo Colon

43

Wheeler's thick-legged jumping spider (Admestina wheeleri)

Alfredo Colon

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flea jumping spider (Naphrys pulex)

Alfredo Colon

45

hook-toothed money spider (Erigone dentosa)

Alfredo Colon

46

rustic wolf spider (Trochosa ruricola)

Alfredo Colon

47

triangle weaver (Hyptiotes cavatus)

Alfredo Colon

48

plant bug (Neurocolpus spp.)

Alfredo Colon

49

limoniid crane fly (Helius flavipes)

Alfredo Colon

50

short-winged nabis (Nabis rufusculus)

Alfredo Colon

51

ichneumonid wasp (Acroricnus stylator aequatus)

Alfredo Colon

52

brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys)

Alfredo Colon

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eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica)

Alfredo Colon

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gall midges and wood midges (Family Cecidomyiidae)

Alfredo Colon

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gall midges (Subfamily Cecidomyiinae) Alfredo Colon

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plant bugs (Plagiognathus spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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cutleaf teasel (Dipsacus laciniatus)

Alfredo Colon

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northern flatid planthopper (Flatormenis proxima)

Alfredo Colon

59

dirt-colored seed bug (Ozophora picturata)

Alfredo Colon

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root maggot flies (Family Anthomyiidae)

Alfredo Colon

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common sawfly (Monostegia abdominalis)

Alfredo Colon

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common crane fly (Tipula furca)

Alfredo Colon

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obscure plant bug (Plagiognathus obscurus)

Alfredo Colon

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scarlet plant bugs (Lopidea spp.)

Alfredo Colon

65

fork-tailed bush katydid (Scudderia furcata)

Alfredo Colon

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common stoneflies (Family Perlidae)

Alfredo Colon

67

tree cattle (Cerastipsocus venosus)

Alfredo Colon

68

longlegged fly (Condylostylus caudatus group)

Alfredo Colon

69

Canadian potter wasp (Symmorphus canadensis)

Alfredo Colon

70

black bean aphid (Aphis fabae)

Alfredo Colon

71

tiger fly (Coenosia tigrina)

Alfredo Colon

72

hairy evening primrose (Oenothera villosa ssp. villosa)

Alfredo Colon

73

oval ambersnail (Novisuccinea ovalis)

Alfredo Colon

74

brown knapweed (Centaurea jacea)

Alfredo Colon

75

horned squash bug (Anasa armigera)

Alfredo Colon

76

eastern black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

Alfredo Colon

77

retrorse sedge (Carex retrorsa)

Alfredo Colon

78

bald-faced hornet fly (Spilomyia fusca)

Alfredo Colon

79

slender springtail (Homidia socia)

Alfredo Colon

80

common ragweed fruit fly (Euaresta bella)

Alfredo Colon

81

fruit fly (Eutreta noveboracensis)

Alfredo Colon

82

walnut lace bug (Corythucha juglandis)

Alfredo Colon

83

round bullet gall wasp (Disholcaspis quercusglobulus)

Alfredo Colon

84

stink bug (Mormidea lugens)

Alfredo Colon

85

entomophagus fungus (Entomophaga maimaiga)

Alfredo Colon

86

tachinid fly (Zelia vertebrata)

Alfredo Colon

87

braconid wasps (Opius spp.)

Alfredo Colon

88

tarnished plant bug (Lygus lineolaris)

Alfredo Colon

89

stink bug (Dendrocoris humeralis)

Alfredo Colon

90

broad-winged skipper (Poanes viator)

Alfredo Colon

91

weevil wasp (Cerceris halone)

Alfredo Colon

92

Texas striped sweat bee (Agapostemon texanus)

Alfredo Colon

93

leaf miner flies (Liriomyza spp.)

Alfredo Colon

94

Hemlock Varnish Shelf (Ganoderma tsugae)

Alfredo Colon

95

horned parasitic cobweaver (Neospintharus trigonum)

Alfredo Colon

96

violet dancer (Argia fumipennis violacea)

Alfredo Colon

97

privet leafhopper (Fieberiella florii)

Alfredo Colon

98

plant bugs (Phytocoris spp.)

Alfredo Colon

99

brown centipede (Lithobius forficatus)

Alfredo Colon

100

alder spittlebug (Clastoptera obtusa)

Alfredo Colon

101

featherlegged orbweaver (Uloborus glomosus)

Alfredo Colon

102

half-belted blue-black spider wasp (Anoplius semicinctus)

Alfredo Colon

103

carrot wasps (Gasteruption spp.)

Alfredo Colon

104

wood nettle gall midge (Dasineura investita)

Alfredo Colon

105

plant bug (Phytocoris eximius)

Alfredo Colon

106

chalcidoid wasp (Leucospis affinis)

Alfredo Colon

107

assassin bugs (Family Reduviidae)

Alfredo Colon

108

striped sweat bees (Agapostemon spp.)

Alfredo Colon

109

dog day cicadas (Neotibicen spp.)

Alfredo Colon

110

starry bristle moss (Orthotrichum stellatum)

Alfredo Colon

111

nosy pill woodlouse (Armadillidium nasatum)

Alfredo Colon

112

pine tree spur-throat grasshopper (Melanoplus punctulatus)

Alfredo Colon

113

crisped pincushion (Ulota crispa)

Alfredo Colon

114

painted harvestman (Odiellus pictus)

Alfredo Colon

115

hybotid dance flies (Tachypeza spp.)

Alfredo Colon

116

smoky poplar aphid (Chaitophorus populicola)

Alfredo Colon

117

spreadwings and allies (Family Lestidae)

Alfredo Colon

118

mining bees (Andrena Subgenus Melandrena)

Alfredo Colon

119

two-spotted leafwalker (Xylota angustiventris)

Alfredo Colon

120

Hooded Rosette Lichen (Physcia adscendens)

Alfredo Colon

121

rough stink bug (Brochymena arborea)

Alfredo Colon

122

common crane fly (Tipula caloptera)

Alfredo Colon

123

flat-footed flies (Platypeza spp.)

Alfredo Colon

124

fungus (Gibellula pulchra)

Alfredo Colon

125

European alder spittlebug (Aphrophora alni)

Alfredo Colon

126

Common Gilled Mushrooms and Allies (Order Agaricales)

Alfredo Colon

127

gold-marked thread-waisted wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata)

Alfredo Colon

128

miserable mining bee (Andrena miserabilis)

Alfredo Colon

129

oribatid mites (Galumna spp.)

Alfredo Colon

130

Collared Parachute (Marasmius rotula)

Alfredo Colon

131

Strict-branched Coral Fungus (Ramaria stricta)

Alfredo Colon

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tachinid fly (Gymnoclytia occidua)

Alfredo Colon

133

lyre-tipped spreadwing (Lestes unguiculatus)

Alfredo Colon

134

ichneumonid wasps (Glypta spp.)

Alfredo Colon

135

raspberry fruitworm beetle (Byturus unicolor)

Alfredo Colon

136

tumbling ragdoll flower beetle (Mordella marginata) Alfredo Colon

137

ichneumonid wasps (Subtribe Agrothereutina) Alfredo Colon

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sand-loving wasps (Tachytes spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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jewel bug (Homaemus aeneifrons) John Valo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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