Sumter National Forest (S.C.) Stop 4 - Columbo, Fungi, Southern Sugar Maple, And Harvester Butterfly - Episode 4


Columbo plants can remain in a vegetative state for up to thirty years before it sends up a flower stalk.

Morel mushrooms and Devil’s Urn are species of fungi, which help break down dead materials in the forest, and enrich the soil.

Southern Sugar maple trees flourish in the area, but not quite tall enough to be considered canopy trees. A Harvester butterfly lands on some leaves close-by, and this species is unusual, because it feeds on other animals while in caterpillar form. 

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