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Springtime in the Moulton Gorge
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~ Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) with a stalk of Mitrewort (Mitella diphylla) ~

    On this afternoon, wildflowers were seen in great abundance growing on the moist forest floor along the trail. Red Trillium, White Trillium, Mitrewort, Trout Lily, Blue and Yellow Violets are just a few of the flowers which I stopped to photograph.

    ~ American Carrion Beetle (Silpha americana) ~

    Near the shore of McNally Bay, we encountered an American Carrion Beetle (Silpha americana) perched atop of a small beaver-gnawed tree stump. When I moved closer to photograph it, the beetle quickly dropped to the earth and frantically worked to bury itself in the loose forest mulch. We supposed that it might have been out and about in the afternoon sunlight, attracted by the carrion scent of the Red Trilliums (Trillium erectum) in bloom throughout the park.

    ~ Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) ~

    In a stand of Ironwood growing atop one of the highest, rocky ridges, we noticed a Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) on the dry earth of the trail. Its metallic green body flashed brilliantly in the strong sunlight as it moved rapidly through the parched grass and last year's fallen leaves. It paused momentarily, reared up and began to spread its elytra. I managed to take one quick photo before it launched itself and flew away down the path.

    Continued on Page Three.