Field course day 5 - Coon Lake Bog

The first week of field course concluded at Coon Lake Bog and with the students being tested on their plant identification skills at a "secret" site.

In the morning, we first went to the Ecology Park in the city.

Lupine (Lupinus sp.)
Lupine flowers in the park.

At Coon Lake Bog, we showed the students the flora typically associated with bog habitat type, especially ones that are carnivorous and can survive in nutrient-poor substrates.

Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea)
Pitcher-plant (Sarracenia purpurea) flower, which is the floral emblem of Newfoundland.

This is a leaf pitcher.  As you can see, there are hairs in the water-filled pitcher that prevent insects from crawling back up once they fall into the water, and then are then digested by the plant.

Round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
Round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) in the Sundew (Droseraceae) family employs a different strategy in catching insects.  The fluid on the leaf hair are sticky and acidic, and once an insect lands on the leaf, the leaf slowly bends towards the centre and digests the insect.  Sir David Attenborough and BBC explain it much better in this video.

Dragon's mouth (Arethusa bulbosa)
Finding Dragon's mouth (Arethusa bulbosa) once again.

Dragon's mouth (Arethusa bulbosa) visited by a Skipper
And while I was photographing this particular flower, a skipper butterfly came and visited the flower.  In order for the orchid to be pollinated, the insect must crawl into the "dragon's mouth".  Using its long proboscis, the skipper is cheating the system and withdrawing the nectar only.

Dragon's mouth (Arethusa bulbosa) visited by a Skipper
Hopefully this skipper left enough nectar for the true pollinators.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos)
There were also insects flying around us, aside from the mosquitoes, such as this Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos).

Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos)
Landing on a student's finger.

Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa) female
Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa).  I think this is a male because the marking is not really yellow, but I am not too certain.

Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa) female
This is definitely a Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa) female.

Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa) female
Close-up on the spectacular patterns.

An unidentified dragonfly, but I think it may be a Dusky Clubtail.

Close-up on its face.

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