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.

  Twin Valley WMA  
         
Species
         
 
Plants
  wild calla  
 

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 Luciearl  
         
 
Insects and Arachnids
  white underwing  
 

Insects and arachnids found in Minnesota.

Species 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.

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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2,166
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.

 

 

 

 

 

         
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.

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Recent Uploads
 
 

September
 
 

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of knot-horn moth (Tribe Phycitini) 10/21/2019.

Greg Watson uploaded 16 photos of Eagles Bluff Park 9/16/2021.

Brandon Stimpel uploaded 1 photo of Flame Shield 9/16/2021.

Sheri Karras uploaded 1 photo of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/15/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of jagged ambush bug (Phymata americana) 9/14/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of great St. Johnswort 7/11/2021.

Tim O’Keefe uploaded 2 photos of Common Puffball 9/10/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of orange sulphur 9/10/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric 9/10/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of drone fly (Eristalis sp.) 9/9/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of pear plant bug 10/20/2019.

Dave Bellmont uploaded 1 photos of dark fishing spider 9/9/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of great brocade 9/8/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 2 photos of field pussytoes 9/8/2021.

Kim W. uploaded 4 photos of oil beetle (Meloe impressus) 9/8/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of grapeleaf skeletonizer 7/9/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of hammock spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of bold jumper 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 5 photos of bronze jumping spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 8 photos of zebra jumper 10/24/2019.

Kim Lind Holmgren uploaded 1 photo of red admiral 9/6/2021.

Heidi Voss uploaded 2 photos of Giant Puffball 9/6/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of plant bug (Neolygus spp.) 10/20/2019.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of tamarack 9/5/2021.

Jill Maher uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/5/2021.

Bill Elert uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 9/4/2021.

Molly Hastings uploaded 1 photo of Giant Puffball 9/4/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 4 photos of thick-spined jumping spider 10/24/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 10/24/2019.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photo of large lace-border 7/8/2021.

Laura O'Halloran (with Cian and Grady) uploaded 1 photo of dogwood sawfly (Macremphytus tarsatus) 9/2/2019.

Corey Anderson uploaded 1 photo of Chinese mantis 9/1/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of calyptrate flies (Zoosubsection Calyptratae) 10/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 9 photos of marbled orbweaver 10/24/2019.

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

Alfredo Colon uploaded 6 photos of longjawed orbweavers (Tetragnatha spp.) 10/24/2019.

Greg Watson uploaded 1 photos of woolly aphids and gall-making aphids (Subfamily Eriosomatinae) 7/2/2021.


August

Sean Michotte II uploaded 3 photos of antlered flutter fly 8/31/2021.

Nate Redig uploaded 2 photos of Chinese mantis 8/30/2021.

Karen Olson uploaded 2 photos of red raspberry slime mold 8/30/2021.

Sean Michotte II uploaded 1 photo of antlered flutter fly 8/30/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of ferruginous tiger crane fly 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of ferruginous tiger crane fly 6/24/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of root maggot fly (Hydrophoria lancifer) 6/24/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of red-legged grasshopper 10/30/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of dogwood sawfly (Macremphytus testaceus) 10/30/2019.

Chad & Autumn Brekke uploaded 1 photo of white-lined sphinx 8/28/2021.

Amy O uploaded 1 photo of northern catalpa 8/27/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of common snapping turtle 8/27/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of regal fritillary 8/27/2021.

Mary Gaines uploaded 1 photo of dark fishing spider 8/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of root maggot fly (Hydrophoria lancifer) 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of sunflower nomia 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of American green crab spider 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of hammock spider 10/30/2019.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of robber fly (Family Asilidae) 8/24/2021.

Dan W. Andree uploaded 1 photo of American Redstart 8/24/2021.

Shylo Morgan uploaded 6 photos of understriped diving beetle 8/23/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of fraternal potter wasp 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of American sand wasp 10/27/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of braconid wasp (Family Braconidae) 10/27/2019.

Randy G uploaded 1 photo of black horse fly 8/23/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of signate quaker 10/21/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of large crane fly (Family Tipulidae) 10/12/2019.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of American green crab spider 10/30/2019.

Greg Watson uploaded 2 photos of buttonbush 6/27/2021.

Jan and Bill Reely uploaded 1 photo of giant swallowtail 8/19/2021.

Taylor Wirkus uploaded 1 photo of chestnut-marked pondweed moth 8/18/2021.

Brock K. uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/18/2021.

Pamala Roland uploaded 1 photo of gray treefrog 8/17/2021.

Sandra Kelly uploaded 3 photos of black and yellow argiope 8/17/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of silver flower longhorn beetle 10/30/2019.

Anne N. uploaded 3 photos of White-Pored Chicken of the Woods 8/16/2021.

Kari Miller uploaded 2 photos of polyphemus moth 8/16//2021.

Lisa W uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/16/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of great spangled fritillary 8/15/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of brilliant jumping spider 6/28/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of brown stink bug 6/28/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of eastern harvestman 6/28/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of multicolored Asian lady beetle 6/28/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of northern paper wasp 6/28/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 7 photos of slender ant-mimicking jumping spider 6/28/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of green immigrant leaf weevil 6/27/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 2 photos of two-lined leatherwing 6/24/2021.

Moira uploaded 2 photos of American spikenard 8/12/2021.

Bob G uploaded 1 photo of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/12/2021.

Marie Molde uploaded 1 photo of Common Redpoll 8/11/2021.

Aseering uploaded 1 photo of zebra jumper 8/11/2021.

Sarah K uploaded 1 photo of treefrog (Dryophytes sp.) 8/11/2021.

Diane Richter uploaded 2 photos of black and yellow argiope 8/11/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of brown-belted bumble bee 8/10/2021.

Charlene Sennewald uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/9/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of timber rattlesnake 8/8/2021.

Sidney uploaded 2 photos of White-Pored Chicken of the Woods 8/8/2021.

Greg Watson uploaded 5 photos of spiny softshell turtle 6/23/2021.

Paige Bergeland uploaded 3 photos of black swallowtail 8/8/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of two-spotted longhorned bee 8/7/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of jumping spider (Phidippus spp.) 8/7/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of six-lined racerunner 8/7/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of thread-waisted wasp (Ammophila pictipennis) 8/7/2021.

Mike Poeppe uploaded 1 photo of longlegged fly (Condylostylus sipho group) 8/7/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 2 photos of Resinous Polypore 8/6/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of eastern yellowjacket 8/6/2021.

Luciearl uploaded 1 photo of common harvestman 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 3 photos of Bald Eagle 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Herring Gull 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Hooded Merganser 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Mallard 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of Pileated Woodpecker 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of black and yellow argiope 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of common eastern bumble bee 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 2 photos of eastern tiger swallowtail 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of monarch 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of painted lady 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of two-spotted bumble bee 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of whitespotted sawyer 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 2 photos of American black bear 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of moose 8/6/2021.

Bobbi Johnson uploaded 1 photo of whitetail deer 8/6/2021.

Karen uploaded 1 photo of hummingbird clearwing 8/5/2021.

Kay & John Walker uploaded 8 photos of giant swallowtail 8/7/2021.

Scott Leddy uploaded 1 photo of gorgone checkerspot 5/31/2021.

Alfredo Colon uploaded 1 photo of longhorned beetle (Neoclytus mucronatus mucronatus) 10/30/2019.

Diane Madsen uploaded 1 photo of black swallowtail 8/1/2021.

Margot Avey uploaded 1 photo of red-spotted purple 8/1/2021.

Eagles Bluff Park

great St. Johnswort

Common Puffball

American Eastern Yellow Fly Agaric

field pussytoes

grapeleaf skeletonizer

Giant Puffball

tamarack

large lace-border

Chinese mantis

calyptrate fly (Zoosubsection Calyptratae)

woolly aphid (Subfamily Eriosomatinae)


white-lined sphinx

root maggot fly (Hydrophoria lancifer)

American green crab spider

understriped diving beetle

buttonbush

gray treefrog

black and yellow argiope

White-Pored Chicken of the Woods

great spangled fritillary

multicolored Asian lady beetle

ant-mimicking jumping spider

two-lined leatherwing

White-Pored Chicken of the Woods

spiny softshell turtle

two-spotted longhorned bee

jumping spider (Phidippus sp.)

six-lined racerunner

thread-waisted wasp (Ammophila pictipennis)

Resinous Polypore

Herring Gull

Pileated Woodpecker

eastern tiger swallowtail

 
       
 
New Pages
 
 

September
 
  9/18/2021

knot-horn moth (Tribe Phycitini)

 
  9/17/2021

Eagles Bluff Park

 
  9/16/2021

American Hawthorn Rust name changed to Cedar-hawthorn Rust

 
  9/16/2021

drone flies (Eristalis spp.)

 
  9/15/2021

great St. Johnswort

 
  9/14/2021

great brocade

 
  9/13/2021

two-spotted longhorned bee

 
  9/11/2021

pear plant bug

 
  9/9/2021

grapeleaf skeletonizer

 
  9/8/2021

jumping spider (Phidippus spp.)

 
  9/7/2021

plant bug (Neolygus spp.)

 
  9/7/2021

six-lined racerunner

 
  9/6/2021

Chinese mantis

 
  9/5/2021

large lace-border

 
  9/4/2021

thread-waisted wasp (Ammophila pictipennis)

 
  9/3/2021

calyptrate flies (Zoosubsection Calyptratae)

 
  9/1/2021

woolly aphids and gall-making aphids (Subfamily Eriosomatinae)

 
 

August
 
  8/31/2021

flutter fly (Toxonevra superba) name changed to antlered flutter fly

 
  8/31/2021

understriped diving beetle

 
  8/31/2021

water scavenger beetle (Tropisternus lateralis nimbatus)

 
  8/30/2021

cellophane bees (Colletes spp.)

 
  8/28/2021

hammock spider

 
  8/24/2021

signal fly (Rivellia spp.)

 
  8/23/2021

olive-shaded bird-dropping moth

 
  8/22/2021

American green crab spider

 
  8/21/2021

buttonbush

 
  8/20/2021

mason wasp (Zethus spinipes spinipes)

 
  8/18/2021

Resinous Polypore

 
  8/17/2021

silver flower longhorn beetle

 
  8/16/2021

northern crab spider

 
  8/14/2021

bristly sedge

 
  8/13/2021

leafy spurge hawkmoth

 
  8/10/2021

spiny softshell turtle

 
  8/8/2021

wedge-shaped beetle (Macrosiagon flavipennis)

 
  8/6/2021

virgin tiger moth

 
  8/5/2021

gorgone checkerspot

 
  8/4/2021

yellow-banded bumble bee

 
  8/3/2021

longhorned beetle (Neoclytus mucronatus mucronatus)

 
           
 
Next Up
 
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common checkered-skipper (Pyrgus communis)

  Dan W. Andree  
  2

bordered orbweaver (Larinioides patagiatus)

  Mike Poeppe  
  3

Brittlegills (Russula spp.)

 

Luciearl

 
  4

European pine sawfly (Neodiprion sertifer)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
  5

hybotid dance fly (Platypalpus spp.)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
  6

half-wing (Phigalia titea)

 

Alfredo Colon

 
  7

snout mite (Family Bdellidae)

  Alfredo Colon  
  8

northern bluet (Enallagma annexum)

  Alfredo Colon  
  9

undivided lucent (Didea fuscipes)

  Alfredo Colon  
  10

narcissus bulb fly (Merodon equestris)

  Alfredo Colon  
  11

braconid wasp (Meteorus spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
  12

linden looper (Erannis tiliaria)

  Alfredo Colon  
  13

marsh fly (Tetanocera plebeja)

  Alfredo Colon  
  14

treehopper (Cyrtolobus tuberosus)

  Alfredo Colon  
  15

large crane fly (Tipula trivittata)

  Alfredo Colon  
  16

bee-like robber fly (Laphria sericea complex)

  Alfredo Colon  
  17

candy-striped spider (Enoplognatha ovata)

  Alfredo Colon  
  18

tuberculated crab spider (Tmarus angulatus)

  Alfredo Colon  
  19

crabonid wasp (Astata unicolor)

  Alfredo Colon  
  20

horned spanworm moth (Nematocampa resistaria)

  Alfredo Colon  
  21

cloudy-winged miner bee (Andrena nubecula)

  Alfredo Colon  
  22

boreal combfoot (Steatoda borealis)

  Alfredo Colon  
  23

buttercup cuckoo sweat bee (Sphecodes ranunculi)

  Alfredo Colon  
  24

ichneumon wasp (Melanichneumon spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
  25

ichneumon wasp (Colpotrochia trifasciata)

  Alfredo Colon  
  26

spurred carpenter bee (Ceratina calcarata)

  Alfredo Colon  
  27

tachinid fly (Subfamily Exoristinae)

  Alfredo Colon  
  28

six-spotted orbweaver (Araniella displicata)

  Alfredo Colon  
  29

dwarf spider (Ceraticelus fissiceps)

  Alfredo Colon  
  30

potter wasp (Leptochilus spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
  31

square-headed wasp (Ectemnius maculosus)

  Alfredo Colon  
  32

square-headed wasp (Tribe Crabronini)

  Alfredo Colon  
  33

harvestman (Leiobunum politum)

  Alfredo Colon  
  34

short-winged meadow katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)

  Alfredo Colon  
  35

dark-winged fungus gnat (Eugnoriste spp.)

  Alfredo Colon  
  36

tuftlegged orbweaver (Mangora placida)

  Alfredo Colon  
  37

orchard orbweaver (Leucauge venusta)

  Alfredo Colon  
  38

arabesque orbweaver (Neoscona arabesca)

  Alfredo Colon  
  39

lattice orbweaver (Araneus thaddeus)

  Alfredo Colon  
  40

Potter’s funnelweb spider (Agelenopsis potteri)

  Alfredo Colon  
  41

lined orbweaver (Mangora gibberosa)

  Alfredo Colon  
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plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

  John Valo  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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