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5-2-17 mystery photo 011Do you know what these yellow “worms” are?

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70 responses

  1. carol stanley

    catkins?

    May 2, 2017 at 7:57 am

  2. Dianne Rochford

    Birch tree flowers

    May 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

  3. Poplar catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

  4. Jim Lafley

    Flowers from a tree, possibly birch.

    May 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

  5. Rita Pichette

    birch flower panicles

    May 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

  6. Mike Doten

    catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

  7. Centipede skeletons, post- egg-laying

    May 2, 2017 at 8:05 am

  8. Carol Yarnell

    Catkins from poplar trees. This spring my old lab has decided he likes to munch on them!

    May 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

  9. Cosmo Catalano

    Birch catkins?

    May 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

  10. David & Sue Taylor

    Hi Mary, Birch catkins, of course. Dave T.

    May 2, 2017 at 8:10 am

  11. catkins; birch ?

    May 2, 2017 at 8:10 am

  12. Walter Harris

    yellow birch seeds

    May 2, 2017 at 8:11 am

  13. S. Thomas

    tree flowers, too early for cottonwood which has long strands like this. not maple, ash, oak…?

    May 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

  14. Janice Vien

    Birch catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 8:16 am

  15. Margaret B Towle

    Birch catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 8:21 am

  16. Mikey

    Big tooth Aspen catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 8:22 am

  17. Nelson

    Sugar Maple seed strands in early srping

    May 2, 2017 at 8:23 am

  18. Penny Jessop

    Could be Alder carkins.

    May 2, 2017 at 8:25 am

  19. Mary Jo Carlsen

    Hazel catkins? Although they really look like Clethra seed pods from last year …

    May 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

  20. Alice Pratt

    My guess, before reading comments, is Birch catkins. I think Black Birch are much fluffier. Trying to recognize the leaves….

    May 2, 2017 at 8:26 am

  21. Alice Pratt

    2 nd guess: Black Oak?

    May 2, 2017 at 8:30 am

  22. Richard Greene

    are these the seed structures from a popple (aspen) tree?

    May 2, 2017 at 8:31 am

  23. Chip Chapman

    poplar catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 8:32 am

  24. Rob Anderegg

    Yellow birch catkins.

    May 2, 2017 at 8:34 am

  25. Nannette

    Dog~toothed violet

    May 2, 2017 at 8:35 am

  26. Flowers from an early-blooming tree–maybe bigtooth or quaking aspen

    May 2, 2017 at 8:37 am

  27. Mary Ross

    Are they the “catkins” that contain seeds from alder or birch trees?

    May 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

  28. Chris Child

    Eastern Aspen catkins.

    May 2, 2017 at 8:43 am

  29. Rosemary Putnam

    They are birch catkins.

    Rosemary Putnam

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    May 2, 2017 at 8:46 am

  30. Betsy Hawes

    Spent flowers from a tree, but can’t think which one…

    May 2, 2017 at 8:55 am

  31. Rita Pitkin

    Poplar seed catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 9:01 am

  32. aimee levesque

    The second grade class at PCS thinks they are catkins.

    May 2, 2017 at 9:10 am

  33. Gail Platz

    Catkins from a cottonwood tree.

    May 2, 2017 at 9:20 am

  34. Rita Ferrara

    Well my mind said “witch hazel” and I got a mental image of seeing these on the ground under the witch hazel bushes at a nearby botanical garden. But all the photos show them as being more like elongated pine cones. Searched for “open catkins,” closest thing I found was pin oak catkins. Looking forward to learning what they are.

    May 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

  35. Jon Pringle

    Catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 9:56 am

  36. Kathie Fiveash

    birch catkins?

    May 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

  37. David Thomas-Train

    Big tooth aspen catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 10:21 am

  38. Birch catkins get my vote too

    May 2, 2017 at 10:28 am

  39. DeeDee Niswonger

    Are these birch catkins?

    May 2, 2017 at 10:29 am

  40. Jennifer Feller

    Mulberry tree flowers? Used to be all over our yard….

    May 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

  41. Kate Reeves

    Northern Yellow Creepers… kidding. Birch catkins I think? HAPPY SPRING TO YOU MARY.

    >

    May 2, 2017 at 10:32 am

  42. Katie Koerten

    Thank you for posting this! We found some at my afterschool program last week. When you share the answer, can you post more photos? I think the ones we found were slightly “fresher” than these, with more colors.

    May 2, 2017 at 10:50 am

  43. Debra Kraemer

    Yellow birch catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 10:58 am

  44. They look just like my Red Oak flowers!

    May 2, 2017 at 11:10 am

  45. Sally

    Birch or poplar catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 11:10 am

  46. Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera) catkins after they have spent their pollen.

    May 2, 2017 at 11:12 am

  47. stmcardle

    Paper birch catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 11:30 am

  48. Edie Posselt

    “catkins” from a tree – willow or birch?

    May 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

  49. Cheryl Johnson

    Catkins from trees, not worms! 😉

    May 2, 2017 at 11:47 am

  50. Peter Bouman

    Oak flowers?

    May 2, 2017 at 11:57 am

  51. David Lake

    Oak bud casings. David Lake

    On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 7:55 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Do you know what these yellow “worms” are? Naturally > Curious is supported by donations. If you choose to contribute, you may go > to http://www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com and click on > the yellow “donate” button.” >

    May 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

  52. Mary Tracy

    blossoms from some tree

    May 2, 2017 at 1:08 pm

  53. mariagianferrari

    Cottonwood catkins?

    May 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm

  54. Elizabeth

    Birch catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 1:52 pm

  55. Kate Locke

    Balsam poplar catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

  56. Sue Showalter

    Thinking maybe white birch catkins, not worms though.

    May 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

  57. Ann Tiplady

    spent catkins from …. cottonwoods?

    May 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

  58. Inge Ackermann

    Mary, all I know for certain is that they are not worms. They are catkins from some tree. Inge

    – Inge 413.549.4870 bobingeack@icloud.com

    >

    May 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm

  59. dp

    poplar flowers?

    May 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm

  60. Tami

    Catkins. My guess is either birch or aspen.

    May 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm

  61. Susan Sawyer

    Cast-off skins of the Spring Popple Catkinpillars.

    May 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

  62. Elaine Schmottlach

    birch catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 6:26 pm

  63. Jean Harrison

    oak flowers?

    May 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm

  64. Lisa White

    Poplar catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

  65. Robin Worn

    I’m with the poplar catkins replies.

    May 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm

  66. Susan Jukosky

    I think they are birch “flowers” with seeds.

    May 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

  67. Poplar catkins

    May 2, 2017 at 8:55 pm

  68. Sylvie Desautels

    Catkins from birch trees

    May 2, 2017 at 9:11 pm

  69. Andrew Hutchinson

    Catkins of Bigtooth Aspen

    May 3, 2017 at 4:57 am

  70. phil daley

    Are they the flowers of the Striped Maple

    May 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

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