Eastern Band-Winged Hover Fly on Gardenia bloom The “Insect ID” app identifies the insect on this gardenia bloom as a Eastern Band-winged hover Fly, Ocyptamus fascipennis. Hoverflies have mimicked the body shape of wasps and hornets, but are actually harmless. They are beneficial to garden plants because they feed on aphids and serve as pollinators.
Cherrybark oak (Quercus pagoda) is a large and valued Red Oak found in the southern United States. They commonly attain heights well over 100 feet and can have trunk diameters of up to five feet. I have an awesome specimen of this tree in my backyard in SE Louisiana — because of it, my backyard […]
This is simply a slide show of four beautiful flowers now in bloom in SE Louisiana. First is the Virginia Iris, it is followed by Flame Azalea, a Common Blue Violet, and Wisteria.
In late February spring has arrived in Louisiana — many plants are in bloom. I thought images of our flowers might be appreciated by Northerners eager for the end of winter. Azaleas Camelias Flowering Trees Spirea
Gorgeous sunrise in Louisiana this January morning.
Another rose is blooming on this beautiful, brisk January morning in Louisiana. This is a fragrant English Shrub Rose named “Jude the Obscure”.
Warm weather has continued into January in Louisiana. This Queen Elizabeth rose has been reliably blooming for over 20 years, but I don’t recall it flowering in January previously.
This December has been unusually warm in Louisiana. As evidence — I picked this gladiolus from the yard today (December 29). Happy New Year, everyone!
Pine trees are prevalent in the Southeastern USA, but the species are completely different from those native to Minnesota. The Southern Pines native to St Tammany Parish, Louisiana are Loblolly, Longleaf, Shortleaf, Slash, and Spruce Pine. However, locally I’ve only identified Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda). Loblolly Pine is the most common tree in Louisiana, by […]
We have returned south to Louisiana for the winter, so this blog will have to change a bit. To start, there will be a few posts that compare trees in the south to counterparts that grow in Minnesota. The first tree to be featured is the state tree of Louisiana, the Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum), […]