Yesterday's bike ride from Little Falls to Opekisa Lock & Dam (and back again) had lots of photo opportunities... and lots of unknowns.
I hunted through probably a hundred Google images to come up with an ID for this bug:
It's an Ailanthus webworm (Atteva aurea). The Wikipedia entry for this indicates that it's an import from the South. The pattern on the bug reminds me of an art pattern that I cannot recall. Chalk it up to CRS (can't remember sh*t) syndrome. Maybe it will come to me later.
And I still have not been able to identify this flowering shrub, which it was feeding on. The plant is about three-feet high, and it seems to prefer growing in wet soil close to the river.
Update: I have a name for the flowering shrub. It's a Japanese knotweed (polygonum cuspidatum). It's a real stinker, too, listed as one of the world's 100 worst invasive species.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
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