Looking for a particular flower, insect, or bird?
Simply want to browse the growing catalogue of life along Little Crum Creek?

Click on any topic below 

to see all photos & posts that feature your choice.




Flowers & Other Small Plants 

fern, christmas
garlic mustard
great blue lobelia
ground ivy  (hedgemaids, creeping charlie)
horse nettle
hairy bittercress
indian strawberry
jewelweed, pale (yellow j.)
jewelweed, spotted (orange j.)
knotweed, Japanese
lesser celandine
milkweed, common
multiflora rose
poison ivy
purple deadnettle
speedwell, Persian
speedwell, thyme-leaved
spring beauty
trout lily
white avens
white snakeroot


black cherry
Japanese maple
Norway maple
red maple






American crow
American goldfinch
American redstart
American robin
belted kingfisher
blue jay
brown-headed cowbird
common grackle
dark-eyed junco
double-crested cormorant
European starling
gray catbird
great blue heron
great egret
green heron
hawk,  Cooper’s
hawk, red-tailed
hawk, sharp-shinned
house finch
house sparrow
mourning dove
northern cardinal
nuthatch, white-breasted
owl, eastern screech
Pekin duck
phoebe, eastern
pied-billed grebe
ruby-throated hummingbird
towhee, eastern
turkey vulture
warbler, black and white
warbler, black-throated blue
warbler, palm
warbler, yellow-rumped
white-throated sparrow
woodpecker, downy
woodpecker, hairy
woodpecker, northern flicker
woodpecker, pileated
woodpecker, red-bellied
woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsucker
wood thrush


eastern gray squirrel
red fox
white-tailed deer
woodchuck  (groundhog)


snake, eastern garter
snake, northern water
turtle, common snapping


redback salamander


blacknose dace
creek chub

Centipedes & Millipedes

house centipede


Araneus niveus
 (an orbweaver)
basilica orbweaver
eastern parson spider
grass spider
Hentz’s orbweaver
marbled orbweaver
Paraphidippus aurantius (a jumping spider)
spined micrathena
venusta orchard spider

eastern harvestman

American dog tick


Bees, Wasps, Ants
ants [need ID]
bees [need ID]
bee, sweat (Agapostemon virescens)
bumblebee [need ID]
hornet, bald-faced
wasp, cuckoo (Chrysis angolensis)
wasp, European paper
wasp, guinea
wasp, metricus paper
wasp, northern paper
wasp, katydid

Analeptura lineola (a flower longhorn beetle)
banded net-winged beetle
firefly / lightning bug
horned passalus
multi-colored Asian lady beetle
pigweed flea beetle
reddish-brown stag beetle
red milkweed 
swamp milkweed leaf beetle 

True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids
aphid, Myzocallis asclepiadis 
assassin bug, orange
cicada, swamp (morning)
leaf-footed bug, Leptoglossus oppositus 
leafhopper, broad-headed sharpshooter
leafhopper, red-banded (candy-striped, scarlet and green)
plant bug, clouded
plant bug, four-lined
planthopper, Acanalonia conica
planthopper, northern flatid
spotted lanternfly

Dragonflies & Damselflies
blue dasher dragonfly  
shadow darner dragonfly

European (common) earwig

bee-like robber fly
black soldier fly
crane fly
gnat ogre
greater bee fly
mosquito, eastern treehole
mosquito, elephant
syrphid [needs ID]

Grasshoppers & Crickets 
camel cricket
field cricket
katydid [needs ID]
katydid, fork-tailed bush

common buckeye 
cabbage white
eastern tailed-blue
mourning cloak
painted lady
question mark
red admiral
red-banded hairstreak
red-spotted purple
skipper, peck’s
skipper, sachem
skipper, silver-spotted
skipper, zabulon
summer azure
swallowtail, eastern tiger
swallowtail, spicebush

Ailanthus webworm moth
banded tiger moth
carrot seed moth (sulphur pearl, greenish-yellow Sitochroa)
eight-spotted forester
faint-spotted palthis
fall webworm moth
garden tortrix
isabella tiger moth (woolly bear caterpillar)
large lace-border
large maple spanworm moth
large yellow underwing
lucerne moth
Nessus sphinx
plume (Geina sp.)
red-headed inchworm moth
snowberry clearwing
sooty-winged chalcoela
speckled renia
subgothic dart
sycamore tussock moth
toothed brown carpet
tulip tree beauty

Carolina mantis

tube-tailed thrips





half-free morel





Sky (sun, moon, clouds, planets)









American toad (Ridley Creek State Park)
green frog (RCSP)
periodical cicada (Green Lane Park)
pileated woodpecker (RCSP)



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11 Responses to “Browse”

  1. Gillian Says:

    This is a great way to show off the things you’ve discovered in your local patch! I’ve done a few blog posts about my favourite spots in Ottawa, but don’t have a comprehensive list of all the species I’ve seen at each spot…one of the many things I’d like to do with my own blog!

    1. Scott Says:

      I love finding lists and guides specific to particular places I visit. I’m sure some species lists would be very useful for those who frequent your favorite spots in Ottawa.

  2. Natali Says:

    Hi Scott,
    Thanks for so thoroughly documenting the creek. I’m doing a project for one of my classes at Swarthmore on citizen engagement/volunteer efforts around the creek, and my partner and I would love to ask you a few questions by email about your experience […] so if you could please contact me if you are interested that would be great […] I look forward to hearing from you!
    Thank you,

    1. Scott Says:

      Sure, Natali, sounds great. I’ll be in touch.

  3. seekraz Says:

    Very nice…what a resource…thank you. 🙂

    1. Scott Says:

      My pleasure … and thanks for checking it out.

      This index should be pretty useful along LCC.

      But much of what we find here on LCC was introduced from somewhere else. So I thought an index might also be useful to readers from lots of places. That would be nice if it is.

      1. seekraz Says:

        I think it will prove to be a treasure of info for everybody interested. Good job. 🙂

  4. Elisa's Spot Says:

    oh yay ty! I was just thinking more often here on my own blog and house, that I rather wish that I could learn and perhaps retain the names of the things that I encounter. I like to know and to use the metaphysical and healing properties of those things in my surroundings and, as I am from PA, your labelings will probably prove very helpful!

    1. Scott Says:

      That’s great … I hope it helps! For me, learning and retaining names has been part field guide and all relationship: paying attention, listening, & simply spending time. And then all sorts of reinforcing associations arise.

  5. This is wonderful!!!!!! I plan to add it to my “to do” list.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Scott Says:

      You’re welcome … I’m sure something like this would work really well on your site.

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