The upside of hiking alone

About once a month I hike Billy Goat Trail in Maryland with a group of women, but on Saturday I was the only person who showed up! The group hike usually moves quickly and I have to be careful not to get left behind when I inevitably stop to take pictures, so it was exciting to hike by myself and stop for as long as I wanted.

Hike highlight: slime mold! I searched for them in vain during the global snapshot of biodiversity, but I think this rainy weather we had last week really brought them out. I think I saw at least 3 different kinds of slime mold. All of the slime molds I found were on well-decayed (barkless) fallen logs. Anyone know their slime molds? I'm a new enthusiast as a result of my own challenge issued during the global snapshot (still need to run the numbers on that, but no one has told me they did it).

I found the first slime mold about 50 ft from the trailhead, so I mostly had eyes for those the entire time, but I made a handful of other observations too.

Posted on June 15, 2015 02:32 AM by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer

Observations

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What

White Jelly Fungus (Ductifera pululahuana)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 09:54 AM EDT

Description

Being eaten by millipedes.

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What

Red Raspberry Slime Mold (Tubifera ferruginosa)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 09:36 AM EDT

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What

Honeycomb Coral Slime Mold (Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 09:45 AM EDT

Description

I think this was slime mold and not fungus.

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What

Red Raspberry Slime Mold (Tubifera ferruginosa)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 09:26 AM EDT

Description

Really guessing on this! Slugs were eating it.

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What

Round-backed Millipedes (Superorder Juliformia)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 09:55 AM EDT

Description

It was eating fungus.

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Northern Hemisphere Crayfishes (Superfamily Astacoidea)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 09:56 AM EDT

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Double-toothed Prominent (Nerice bidentata)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 09:58 AM EDT

Description

Some kind of swallowtail?

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What

Red Raspberry Slime Mold (Tubifera ferruginosa)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:00 AM EDT

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What

Slime Molds (Phylum Mycetozoa)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:02 AM EDT

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Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:08 AM EDT

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What

Warty Harvestman (Leiobunum verrucosum)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:08 AM EDT

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Wood Ear Fungi (Genus Auricularia)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:09 AM EDT

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Slime Molds (Phylum Mycetozoa)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:11 AM EDT

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Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:18 AM EDT

Description

Speedy!

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Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:22 AM EDT

Description

Tried to pick it up but it was holding on tight to the ground so I did my best to get the important angles anyways.

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What

Coral Slimes (Genus Ceratiomyxa)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:25 AM EDT

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White-lip Globe Snail (Mesodon thyroidus)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:26 AM EDT

Description

Saw many more crunched on the trail :-(

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What

Changeable Mantleslug (Megapallifera mutabilis)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:31 AM EDT

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Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:38 AM EDT

Description

Parasitized dead caterpillar with cocoons on its back. On pawpaw, so I suspect a zebra swallowtail caterpillar.

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What

Pond and Box Turtles (Family Emydidae)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:43 AM EDT

Description

Bad pic of a little baby so I don't think it can be id'd further.

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What

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:45 AM EDT

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What

Wool Sower Gall Wasp (Callirhytis seminator)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:54 AM EDT

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What

American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 10:55 AM EDT

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Eastern Hop-Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

June 13, 2015 11:08 AM EDT

Description

I should know this but I can't remember what it is.

Comments

Hooray!

Posted by maryeford about 9 years ago

Congrats! I know the feeling of finally scoring that ONE specimen.

It's been that way with me and turkeys. After being foiled multiple times in getting a picture of a turkey for the Global Snapshot, I vowed to get one by the end of the summer.

It's not going well. I see turkeys but never with my camera at the ready. So far, Turkeys - 5, Anne - 0.

Posted by anneclewis about 9 years ago

Hi Carrie,
I recently saw the yellow colored slime moulds along with others in our neighborhood in Apex, NC, while taking my dog for a walk. Unfortunately, I was not carrying my iPhone with which I often take pictures. I often feel like the lone hiker myself and yes, there is definitely advantages to that. I take pictures to my heart's content. My dog has learnt to be very patient on our walks. I wanted to thank you for starting this ( Global snapshot / Biodiversity) project where anyone can post nature /environmental pictures. I am not sure if you have received any message from me as I had tried to reach out to you earlier. I recently started posting pictures on the iNaturalist.org website. I have so many to share and hope to do so more in the future. I would love to work with National Geographic more closely as that has been my longterm dream since childhood. But for now, this is great!
Thanks again, Arunima

Posted by arunima about 9 years ago

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