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.

  Carver Highlands WMA, South Unit
 
 
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
 
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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 “taxon” here would be more accurate but less widely understood.

 

 

 

 

 

             
Serotinal Season
       

The serotinal ecological season corresponds roughly to the the second half of the summer calendar season. In Minnesota, the serotinal season usually begins about August 15 and ends about September 15. Deciduous leaves begin to change color. Young birds reach maturity and join other adult birds preparing for fall migration.

 

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Hoffman Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
What’s New
 
Recent Uploads
 

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of two-striped planthopper 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of lesser maple spanworm moth 7/12/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 3 photos of Vermillion Highlands Research Recreation and WMA 9/26/2020.

Melissa Schlickenmayer uploaded 7 photos and 1 video of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/25/2020.

Judy Z uploaded 2 photos of banded argiope 9/24/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of stink bug (Family Pentatomidae) 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of stink fly 6/8/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of spotted cucumber beetle 10/20/2019.

Val Weberg uploaded 2 photos of metallic bluish-green cuckoo wasp 9/23/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of clustered bellflower 7/2/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana) 9/20/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of margined burying beetle 9/20/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 2 photos of Elm Oyster 9/20/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of common garter snake 9/20/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of oil beetle (Meloe impressus) 9/20/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of red-legged grasshopper 9/20/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 3 photos of Green Heron 9/19/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of autumn meadowhawk 9/19/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 1 photo of Common Loon 9/19/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 1 photo of Ruffed Grouse 9/19/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 2 photos of McCarthy Beach State Park 9/19/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 2 photos of western poison ivy 9/19/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of upright carrionflower 9/17/2020.

Jessica Marquez uploaded 1 photo of Peeling Puffball 9/16/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of oleander aphid 10/20/2019.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 2 photos of western poison ivy 9/15/2020.

Valerie Salley uploaded 2 photos of white-lined sphinx 9/16/2020.

KatyMN12 uploaded 1 photo of narrow-headed marsh fly 9/15/2020.

Jennifer Koerner uploaded 3 photos of Black Vulture 9/15/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of yellow velvet beetle 6/27/2020.

Loren uploaded 1 photo of nursery web spider 9/14/2020.

Krista Takemoto uploaded 1 photo of western honey bee 9/14/2020.

Travis Miller uploaded 2 photos of eastern poison ivy 9/14/2020.

PattiOD uploaded 3 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/13/2020.

Mark Oeltjenbruns uploaded 1 photo of Dekay’s brown snake 9/13/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 1 photo of white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina sp.) 9/12/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 1 photo of American pelecinid wasp 9/12/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 1 photo of green stink bug 9/12/2020.

Scott Bemman uploaded 1 photo of pale green assassin bug 9/12/2020.

Guinness uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 9/12/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 video of western poison ivy 9/12/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Nuttall’s evening primrose 9/12/2020.

Melissa uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/10/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 9/10/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of lance-tipped darner 9/10/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of Trumpeter Swan 9/10/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of pearly everlasting 9/10/2020.

Rick Thome uploaded 2 photos of monarch 9/9/2020.

Kirk Nelson uploaded 1 photo of Leafy Brain 9/7/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of American highbush cranberry 9/7/2020.

Tom T. uploaded 2 photos of Seven Sisters Prairie 9/7/2020.

Tom T. uploaded 1 photo of silky aster 9/7/2020.

Tom T. uploaded 2 photos of smooth sumac 9/7/2020.

Tom T. uploaded 1 photo of showy goldenrod 9/7/2020.

Tom T. uploaded 1 photo of white sage 9/7/2020.

Tom T. uploaded 1 photo of prairie onion 9/7/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of prairie skink 9/7/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of narrow-headed sun fly 9/6/2020.

DG99 uploaded 2 photos of Honey Mushroom 9/5/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 1 photo of northern flying squirrel 6/25/2020.

Dan Engblom uploaded 1 photo of potter or mason wasp (Subfamily Eumeninae) 9/4/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 3 photos of leafhopper (Gyponana subgenus Gyponana) 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of goldmoss stonecrop 6/23/2020.

Denny uploaded 1 photo of oil beetle (Meloe impressus) 9/3/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of common sneezeweed 9/3/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of tricolored bumble bee 9/3/2020.

JDenby uploaded 1 photo of white underwing 9/1/2020.

Judy & Larry Ahlbrecht uploaded 1 photo of common green darner 9/1/2020.


Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 8/31/2020.

Dave Mathews uploaded 1 photo of end band net-winged beetle 8/30/2020.

Joan uploaded 1 photo of Indigo Milk Cap 8/30/2020.

LaRae uploaded 1 photo of rodent bot fly (Cuterebra sp.) 8/30/2020.

Mannix family uploaded 1 photo of Indigo Milk Cap 8/29/2020.

Lindsay Freeland uploaded 2 photos of northern walkingstick 8/29/2020.

Charlie Heitzig uploaded 1 photo of large crane fly (Family Tipulidae) 8/29/2020.

Judy uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 8/28/2020.

Rehnman uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/28/2020.

Shelby uploaded 2 photos of black horse fly 8/28/2020.

Rachel B. uploaded 4 photos of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 8/28/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 3 photos of dog day cicada 8/27/2020

Joe Adams uploaded 1 photo of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 8/26/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 8/26/2020.

ABaker uploaded 1 photo of Eurasian Collared-Dove 8/25/2020.

ABaker uploaded 2 photos of Devil’s Stinkhorn 8/25/2020.

ABaker uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod soldier beetle 8/25/2020.

Chris Storlie uploaded 1 photo of Wood Blewit 8/24/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of differential grasshopper 8/24/2020.

A.E. uploaded 1 photo of bald-faced hornet 8/24/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of red-spotted purple 8/23/2020.

Dan Johnson uploaded 3 photos of Great Egret 8/23/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/23/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of great spangled fritillary 8/23/2020.

Margot Avey uploaded 2 photos of silver-spotted skipper 8/23/2020.

Ramona Abrego uploaded 3 photos of Gray-cheeked Thrush 6/25/2020.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of green cone-headed planthopper 10/20/2019.

Roger Williamson uploaded 2 photos of black and yellow argiope 8/20/2020.

Lisa Tenter uploaded 2 photos of Beautiful Russula 8/19/2020.

Richard Barnes uploaded 1 photo of Chicken of the Woods 5/20/2020.

Rick Thome uploaded 1 photo of hummingbird clearwing 8/18/2020.

Megan Bah uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/18/2020.

Chris Olcott uploaded 1 photo of dog vomit slime mold 9/1/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of wild calla 6/22/2020

Kathryn Wallis uploaded 4 photos of unknown fungi 8/16/2020.

jmpickone uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/16/2020.

Katie Schmidt uploaded 2 photos of shamrock orbweaver 8/16/2020.

E. A. Junger uploaded 2 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/16/2020.

Melissa Dunbar uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/16/2020.

Mark Gullickson uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod crab spider 8/16/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 photo of chestnut-marked pondweed moth 8/15/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 photo of Canada darner 8/15/2020.

Chelsey Schluter uploaded 1 photo of great black wasp 8/15/2020.

Leesa Kolstad uploaded 2 photos of goldenrod crab spider 8/15/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 photo of ruby meadowhawk 8/15/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 photo of spotted spreadwing 8/15/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 photo of two-striped grasshopper 8/15/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 video of Hayes Lake State Park 8/15/2020.

LCHB uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/14/2020.

Bart Olson uploaded 2 photos of Chicken of the Woods 8/12/2020.

Amy Moore uploaded 1 photo of black horse fly 8/12/2020.

Trisha Parks uploaded 1 photo of northern walkingstick 8/12/2020.

Penny Milkey uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of hunchback bee fly 8/12/2020.

Janet Gouvas uploaded 1 photo of hunchback bee fly 8/12/2020.

LMG uploaded 1 photo and 1 video of carrot seed moth 8/11/2020.

Clark Thompson uploaded 1 photo of large milkweed bug 8/11/2020.

Vicky Fabre uploaded 1 photo of treefrog (Hyla sp.) 8/11/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of northern paper wasp 8/9/2020.

Kirsten Avraamides uploaded 1 video of giant swallowtail 8/9/2020.

John Moore uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/9/2020.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 6 photos of Pennsylvania ambush bug 8/6 and 8/7/2020.

L Fuller uploaded 3 photos of northern walkingstick 8/6/2020.

Christine A. Abell uploaded 2 photos of whitespotted sawyer 8/6/2020.

Kim Baartman uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/6/2020.

Amber Paniaqua uploaded 2 photos of redbelly snake 8/6/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of sweat bee (Subfamily Halictinae) 8/6/2020.

Cristina LaPointe uploaded 2 photos of black and yellow argiope 8/6/2020.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 2 photos of regal fritillary 8/5/2020.

K Helms uploaded 1 photo of orange sulphur 8/4/2020.

Lisa Skemp-Thornton uploaded 1 photo of Japanese beetle 8/3/2020.

Luciearl uploaded 11 photos of northern lady fern 7/31 to 8/3/2020.

Wander Without Wifi uploaded 1 video of Scenic State Park 8/2/2020.

Shylo Morgan uploaded 4 photos of false black widow 8/1/2020.

JAL uploaded 2 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/1/2020.

two-striped planthopper

lesser maple spanworm moth

clustered bellflower

Elm Oyster

red-legged grasshopper

upright carrionflower

oleander aphid

narrow-headed marsh fly

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

green stink bug

Nuttall’s evening primrose

pearly everlasting

Leafy Brain

silky aster

smooth sumac

northern flying squirrel

goldmoss stonecrop


Indigo Milk Cap

bald-faced hornet

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

dog day cicada

Devil’s Stinkhorn

red-spotted purple

great spangled fritillary

green cone-headed planthopper

black and yellow argiope

dog vomit slime mold

wild calla

goldenrod crab spider

Canada darner

spotted spreadwing

two-striped grasshopper

Chicken of the Woods

Pennsylvania ambush bug

redbelly snake

sweat bee (Subfamily Halictinae)

   
New Pages
   
9/28/2020

two-striped planthopper

9/28/2020

lesser maple spanworm moth

9/26/2020

millipedes (Class Diplopoda)

9/26/2020

flat-backed millipede (Order Polydesmida)

9/25/2020

stink bugs (Family Pentatomidae)

9/25/2020

stink fly

9/25/2020

margined burying beetle

9/24/2020

spotted cucumber beetle

9/23/2020

clustered bellflower

9/23/2020

white-cheeked jumping spider (Pelegrina spp.)

9/23/2020

thinleaf cottonsedge renamed to green keeled cottongrass
9/19/2020

Leafy Brain

9/18/2020

oleander aphid

9/16/2020

yellow velvet beetle

9/14/2020

pelecinid wasp renamed to American pelecinid wasp

9/12/2020

chestnut-marked pondweed moth

9/9/2020

grapevine epimenis

9/7/2020

narrow-headed sun fly renamed to narrow-headed marsh fly

9/7/2020

northern flying squirrel

9/6/2020

potter and mason wasps (Subfamily Eumeninae)

9/6/2020

leafhopper (Gyponana subgenus Gyponana)

9/5/2020

goldmoss stonecrop

9/5/2020

stringy stonecrop

9/3/2020

dog vomit slime mold

9/2/2020

Canada darner


8/29/2020

California jumping gall wasp

8/25/2020

carrot seed moth

8/24/2020

Pennsylvania ambush bug

8/23/2020

false bee-killer

8/23/2020

Gray-cheeked Thrush

8/23/2020

green cone-headed planthopper

8/20/2020

Allard’s ground cricket

8/19/2020

wild calla

8/18/2020

reddish-brown stag beetle

8/15/2020

many-headed slime

8/3/2020

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blinded sphinx (Paonias excaecata)

Luciearl

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planthopper (Acanalonia spp.)

Alfredo Colon

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eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

John Valo

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butternut woollyworm (Eriocampa juglandis)

Luciearl

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three-lined leafroller moth (Pandemis limitata)

Alfredo Colon

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white bear sedge (Carex albursina)

John Valo

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Blackening Russula (Russula albonigra)

Luciearl

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Flies (Order Diptera)

Alfredo Colon

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Mead’s sedge (Carex meadii)

John Valo

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Deer Mushroom (Pluteus cervinus)

Luciearl

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golden-eyed lacewing

Alfredo Colon

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shield-backed bug (Homaemus aeneifrons)

John Valo

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American gromwell (Lithospermum latifolium)

Luciearl

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Alfredo Colon

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hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

John Valo

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groundnut (Apios americana)

Luciearl

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Alfredo Colon

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cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus)
cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus var. multifidus)
cursed crowfoot (Ranunculus sceleratus var. sceleratus)

John Valo

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bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Luciearl

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Alfredo Colon

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early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)

John Valo

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pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata ssp. cisatlantica)

Luciearl

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Alfredo Colon

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autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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woolly cupgrass (Eriochloa villosa)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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lance-leaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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hairy crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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Leonard’s skullcap (Scutellaria parvula var. missouriensis)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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lupine bug (Megalotomus quinquespinosus)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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Rock Shield Lichen (Xanthoparmelia sp.)

John Valo

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Alfredo Colon

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river birch (Betula nigra)

John Valo

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