State Line Adiantum, Day 2

June 13 was humid and cloudy. Morgan and I started at Nottingham County Park, where a logging operation is underway to remove pitch pine snags from the "front country". Fortunately, the Feldspar and Buck Trails remained open, giving us a path to maidenhair country.

We started by wading up Black Run from the Feldspar Trail to examine some small streamside colonies. Then we backtracked, went up the Feldspar Trail, and after a brief detour to examine the Mystery Hole, cut across Firebreak 10 and the serpentine seep to reach a streamside site on the Buck Trail. While Morgan was doing site assessment and soil samples, I explored down the length of Victory Run and documented a number of Adiantum pedatum colonies. The species is more abundant in the park than I had realized; perhaps it's less visible because there are fewer trails along drainages when compared to Goat Hill. The streamside was otherwise not especially interesting, except for a few rattlesnake ferns (Botrypus virginianus). A Chamaelirium luteum turned up near the site; I haven't yet found a site of high local density for these as at Goat Hill.

After a brief lunch, we ran southwest for Pilot Barrens, examining the perimeter of the two openings on the site, particularly the western one. Maidenhair was reasonably common in shaded areas; we had a false start near the entrance, and then found a larger and more interesting patch an an area of grassland reverting to greenbrier and brush. Here, there was essentially no canopy, and the maidenhairs growing on the side of a small gully had rotated their ultimate segments out of the plane of the blade, presumably a response to reduce sun exposure. Some daytime moths and odonates were present on the site; in addition to the usual skimmers, etc., I found a clubtail (ID'd by @scottking as a black-shouldered spinyleg) in a stiltgrass meadow near the Conowingo Creek. A small box turtle turned up in the brushy area.

One of the trees in the savanna forming the eastern opening appears to be a tupelo; not unknown on the barrens, but a little surprising to me in a savanna. On closer examination, the slopes around the eastern opening also proved to be rich in maidenhair ferns, disclosing one patch so large we decided to return for it on another day.

Posted by choess choess, June 17, 2018 19:35

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Devil's Bit Chamaelirium luteum

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June 13, 2018 10:08 AM EDT

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Rattlesnake Fern Botrypus virginianus

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June 13, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

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June 13, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

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June 13, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

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Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina ssp. carolina

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June 13, 2018 04:26 PM EDT

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Roundleaf Thoroughwort Eupatorium pubescens

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June 13, 2018 05:47 PM EDT

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Blue-fronted Dancer Argia apicalis

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June 13, 2018 03:40 PM EDT

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Argia moesta?

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Northern Maidenhair Fern Adiantum pedatum

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June 13, 2018 03:49 PM EDT

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Enormous site on the slope below the grasslands.

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Crocus Geometer Moths Genus Xanthotype

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June 13, 2018 04:01 PM EDT

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Black Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica

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June 13, 2018 05:43 PM EDT

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Lone tupelo in the savanna.

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Large Lace-border Moth Scopula limboundata

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June 13, 2018 05:46 PM EDT

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Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa

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June 13, 2018 04:03 PM EDT

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Widow skimmer.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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June 13, 2018 03:39 PM EDT

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Black-shouldered Spinyleg Dromogomphus spinosus

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June 13, 2018 03:35 PM EDT

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