Field Guide: A-Z

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Photo of hawthorn trees blooming on lawn of Missouri state capitol

Hawthorns bloom April–June. There are more than 75 types of hawthorns in Missouri, including our official state flower. The flowers of hawthorns look like clusters of small apple blossoms.

Photo of a furrow orbweaver hanging head down with a green background

Furrow orbweavers become conspicuous around homes around May.

Photo of Adam and Eve orchid flowers

Did you take note of where you saw the weird, pleated leaves of Adam-and-Eve orchid last winter? Look for their less-noticeable flowers to appear in their place from mid-May to early June.

coyote walking through grassland

Coyotes howl the least in May, after litters are born.

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