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Bald Eagle by , Ranger

September 23rd, 2014

Over the past few days, I’ve been seeing reports of increased numbers of raptors moving through various observation sites both in the mountains and along the coast. I also happened to see a report of Monarch butterflies staging at coastal sites, specifically Cape May, NJ. The push is on. This is a time of anxiety […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Winter? by , Ranger

September 22nd, 2014

If you haven’t noticed the turning leaves, migrant birds passing through, or even the acorns dropping to the ground, perhaps the woodpeckers excavating holes, new holes, in the trees here at the Museum or in your yard will convince you, fall’s here and winter’s not far off. Besides the holes that woodpeckers drill into trees […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Assassin Bugs Hatch and Harvester Emerges by , Ranger

September 19th, 2014

A few weeks ago I mentioned seeing an assassin bug on an alder in the Wetlands. This past Saturday (9/14) I spotted an egg case close by. The egg case is a dead ringer for that of┬áZelus luridus, the assassin which was spotted earlier. A close look at the mass of eggs revealed that they […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Marsh Wren by , Ranger

September 18th, 2014

While looking at a common yellowthroat forage at the edge of the Wetlands yesterday, I saw another bird of about equal size and shape rapidly move at the yellowthroat just as it snatched a spider from a rush stem. It was a marsh wren, the first I’d seen in our Wetlands, a new species to […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Other September Sights by , Ranger

September 16th, 2014

As many of you know, birds are on the move. The other day I ran into a group of neotropical migrants out on the Explore the Wild/Catch the Wind Loop. In attendance were common yellowthroat, American redstart, Blackburnian, magnolia, northern parula, and prairie warblers, and red-eyed and white-eyed vireos to name just a handful. I’m […] Read the rest of this entry »

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September Leps in Various Forms and Conditions by , Ranger

September 12th, 2014

Two Moths The caterpillar in the above photo probably just crawled down out of an oak tree and is in search of a safe place to pupate which, reportedly,┬ámay take two or more years. (?) If you’ve never heard of a sphinx moth, you’ve probably seen one. The tobacco hornworm is a sphinx moth caterpillar. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Spider Time by , Ranger

September 10th, 2014

If you’re the first one on the paths or trails in the morning during the next month or so, whether here at the Museum or on your favorite hiking trail, you’re likely to come face to face (literally) with a spider web. A face full of spider web is an uncomfortable feeling for most folks. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Harvester Chrysalis and other Insect and Flora News From the Wild by , Ranger

September 5th, 2014

I’ve been keeping an eye out for a chrysalis on the hazel alder in Explore the Wild. Last week there were at least four harvester caterpillars on the plant. This past Saturday (8/30) I noticed one of the larva crawl off and away from the aphids it had been munching on. I suspected it was […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Some Serendipitous Sightings by , Ranger

September 1st, 2014

While searching for harvester caterpillars on alder in the Wetlands I came across an assassin bug on one of the leaves. The bug was just about 3/4 inches (the body) and mostly green with brown on the back. Assassin bugs typically station themselves at a location which is busy with insects to wait and pounce […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Harvester Laying Eggs on the Alder by , Ranger

August 28th, 2014

After complaining (mildly) about not being able to locate adult harvester butterflies in the vicinity of an alder on the north side of the Wetlands, which has plenty of woolly aphids and caterpillars munching on them, I spotted one. I was getting ready to make the rounds at the end of the day when I […] Read the rest of this entry »

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