Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia

nature journal entry, double page spread, by Robin Atkins


I chose to research, sketch, and write about the Black Locust, because of its Genus name, Robinia,
and because it's a pretty tree when in bloom. Nature journaling research can lead one down
a rabbit hole of other related species, interesting stories, and little known facts,
often turning a one page journal-entry, into a multiple-page entry.
Such is the case with the Black Locust, for how could it stand alone without its antithesis,
the Black Locust Borer, Megacyllene robiniae? And then there is the Zale One-Lined Moth,
Zale unilineata, which feeds only on Black Locust leaves.

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