05-06-11 Field Note: Planted Willow Cuttings, Oil Beetle, Lodgepole Pine Exclosures, and Trillium

Lorinda Hunt's field note illustrates the transplantation of Bebb's and sandbar willow cuttings, the thinning of lodgepole pines, and the emergence of spring flora.

Posted on 5/6/2011 by Lorinda Bullington

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MPG North Field Note: planted willow cuttings, oil beetles, lodgepole exclosures and trillium. May 06, 2011 Lorinda Hunt
This female oil beetle, (genus: Meloe), fed on moss near the entrance marsh. It gets its name from oil emitted from leg joints when startled. Larvae wait in flowering plants in the spring until they can attach to unsuspecting bees. They will then parasitize beehives and feed on eggs and pollen stores.
Lodgepole pines, thinned to increase growth space for larch, make a great natural buffer to protect this serviceberry from deer browsing.
 Western trillium (Trillium ovatum) blooms near Cooney Creek. Trillium seeds contain an oil rich body which attracts ants to aid in seed dispersal.