Field Guide

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Bottomland forest
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FIELD GUIDE A-Z
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Learn about the habitat, diet, and life cycle of Missouri's animals, plants, and mushrooms.
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What to look for this month
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One of our four native coneflowers, it grows nearly statewide. It has white pollen, drooping pink or purple ray flowers, and narrow, tapering leaves.

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Photo of a single water strider
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Aquatic insects are so fascinating! This is the time of year watch them. Water striders, for instance, are little insectivores that skate across the water surface.

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Common elderberry bush blooming along roadside
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Common elderberry blooms in thickets along roadsides. The dense, flattened clusters of tiny flowers can be 10 inches across. Soon, these will be clusters of fruits!

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Woodchuck mother with young near burrow entrance near side of a house
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Called pups, kits, cubs, or chucklings, they begin exploring outside their burrow by early June and will soon be weaned. Mother keeps an eye on them.

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