Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday 07/1716 Beach Report

Another nice day in Slower Maryland. But before we got to the beach, I found these Common Buckeyes frolicking in the Queen Anne's Lace (Wild Carrot) by the parking lot.
This beneficial weed can be used as a companion plant to crops. Like most members of the umbellifer family, it attracts wasps to its small flowers in its native land; however, where it has been introduced, it attracts only very few of such wasps. This species is also documented to boost tomato plant production when kept nearby, and it can provide a microclimate of cooler, moister air for lettuce, when intercropped with it.

However, the USDA has listed it as a noxious weed, and it is considered a serious pest in pastures. It persists in the soil seed bank for two to five years.
Temperatures were in the mid to upper 80s, humidity not too terrible, mostly sunny with a few puffy clouds.
 Skye got photobombed.
I just wanted to show off the "Kudzuscape" that has taken over the cliffsl
Getting ready to pull the boat at the Calvert Beach ramp.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail puddling in the strand.

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