Organism of the Day

A Regular Mountain Lake Natural History Essay Series

The Organism of the Day natural history display appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Lewis Hall entrance foyer during the summer months.  Residents and station visitors enjoy interesting area organisms collected and released with as little harm to the organism as possible.  The tradition was started by then Station Director Henry Wilbur in the 1990s, and in 2010 Wilbur passed the responsibility for Organism of the Day to life-long station resident Hazel Galloway. She completed the 2010 essays with assistance from Jesse Galloway, Eliza Brodie, and Fisher Brodie. Henry Wilbur and Mary Jane Epps have helped immensely with the organisms which fall into their own broad fields of expertise. 

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All images by Hazel Galloway are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Contact MLBS if you'd like to use the images commercially. 

Past Essays

July 29, 2013 Common Milkweed / Asclepias syriaca
July 27, 2013 Hexagenia Mayfly / Hexagenia limbata
July 24, 2013 Japanese Beetle / Popillia japonica
July 20, 2013 Bird's Nest Fungi / Crucibulum laeve
July 15, 2013 Wood Roach / Cryptocercus punctulatus
July 10, 2013 Jack-o-Lantern Mushroom / Omphalotus olearius
July 8, 2013 Indian Pipe / Monotropa uniflora
June 28, 2013 Dusky Arion / Arion (subfuscus?)
June 24, 2013 American Toad / Anaxyrus americanus
June 21, 2013 American Bullfrog / Lithobates catesbeianus
June 19, 2013 American Wintergreen / Gaultheria procumbens
June 14, 2013 Golden-backed Snipe Fly / Chrysopilus thoracicus
June 13, 2013 Green Frog / Lithobates clamitans melanota
June 12, 2013 Chicken of the Woods / Laetiporus sulphureus
June 10, 2013 American Black Bear / Ursus americanus
June 7, 2013 Flame Azalea / Rhododendron calendulaceum
June 5, 2013 Swamp Beacon / Mitrula elegans
August 3, 2012 Appalachian Brook Crayfish / Cambarus bartonii
August 1, 2012 Yellow Buckeye / Aesculus flava
July 30, 2012 Tar Spot / Rhytisma acerinum & R. punctatum
July 27, 2012 Eastern Hay-Scented & New York Fern /
July 25, 2012 Leaf-footed Bug Nymph / Acanthocephala terminalis
July 23, 2012 Timber Rattlesnake / Crotalus horridus
July 20, 2012 Smooth Chanterelle / Cantharellus lateritius
July 19, 2012 Black Rat Snake / Pantherophis obsoletus
July 15, 2012 Barn Swallow / Hirundo rustica erythrogaster
July 13, 2012 Mantleslug / Philomycus (carolinianus?)
July 11, 2012 Common Rush / Juncus effusus
June 29, 2012 Water Scorpion / Ranatra sp.
June 24, 2012 Eastern Hemlock / Tsuga canadensis
June 23, 2012 Pickerel Frog / Lithobates palustris
June 20, 2012 American Witchhazel / Hamamelis virginiana
June 18, 2012 Jefferson Salamander / Ambystoma jeffersonianum
June 15, 2012 Luna Moth / Actias luna
July 28, 2011 Wood Roach / Cryptocercus punctulatus
July 27, 2011 Scarlet Caterpillar Club / Cordyceps militaris
July 26, 2011 Artist’s Conk / Ganoderma applanatum
July 22, 2011 Turk’s Cap Lily / Lilium superbum
July 20, 2011 Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar / Battus philenor
July 18, 2011 Northern Ringneck Snake / Diadophis punctatus edwardsii