This Week at Hilton Pond: “Ode To Goldenrod, 2011”

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Posted on 24 October 2011 by Bill Hilton Jr.

Each October, one of our favorite natural pastimes is to venture into a patch of Goldenrod to see how many pollinators and predators we can find. "This Week at Hilton Pond" we located--and photographed--some little arthropods we'd not encountered before, including a spider species we've been seeking for years. To view our latest "Ode to Goldenrod" photo essay, please visit the installment for 11-21 October 2011 at

While there don't forget to scroll down for a list of all birds banded and recaptured, including some fall arrivals from the far north. There are also a few miscellaneous nature notes.

Happy (Autumn) Nature Watching!


Figure 1. The Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis (above) is one of many arthropods that can be found acting out various ecological functions each autumn within stands of Goldenrod (Solidago sp.). (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)



Bill Hilton Jr. is an award-winning educator-naturalist and executive director of non-profit Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History near York, South Carolina USA, where he has banded more than 56,000 birds since 1982. He is the only scientist studying Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) on their wintering grounds in Central America. Check out his Web sites for Hilton Pond Center at and “Operation RubyThroat: the Hummingbird Project” at

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One Response to This Week at Hilton Pond: “Ode To Goldenrod, 2011”

  1. The Texas drought left us with one tiny goldenrod cluster. Maximillian sunflowers fared much better.

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