Summer Posts

Harvesters Have Arrived! by , Ranger

August 27th, 2014

The caterpillar in the above photo was about 5 – 6 mm in length when the photo was taken. Those are aphids, in various stages of developement, on either side of the caterpillar. Ever since spotting the woolly aphids on an alder on the north side of the Wetlands I’ve been watching for harvester caterpillars […] Read the rest of this entry »

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In The Mean Time by , Ranger

August 25th, 2014

While we wait for fall to arrive (we’ve already passed a turning point in the seasons) I thought I’d show you some images of what’s happening now. The partridge pea above has been groomed and readied for cloudless sulphur butterflies to come along and lay their eggs on the plant. So far I’ve seen not […] Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s the Difference? by , Ranger

August 22nd, 2014

I received an email, with a blurry photo attached, stating that the emailer had taken the photo in Explore the Wild. The subjects in the photo looked to be caterpillars, but may have been sawflies, I couldn’t tell. I had to go look for myself. The email said that the caterpillars, or whatever they were, were on […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Finally! by , Ranger

August 19th, 2014

After a slow start to the butterfly season I finally saw a few leps other than the silver-spotted skippers (SSSK) that have been buzzing around the Museum this summer. But, even the SSSKs have been fewer in number this year. The paucity in leps may have been caused by the late cold of this past […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Drones!!! by , Ranger

August 16th, 2014

It’s Engineer’s Day at the Museum of Life and Science and there are drones over the Amphimeadow! You never know what’s going to show up here at the Museum! Read the rest of this entry »

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Summertime Sightings by , Ranger

August 13th, 2014

With the summer just about gone (for me, fall starts around mid August), I thought I’d give you a pictorial update on some of what’s being seen on our 84 acre campus here at the Museum. Last month I mentioned that there were again woolly aphids enjoying the sap of one of our alders in […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Odes Around Us by , Ranger

August 11th, 2014

Dragonflies and damselflies belong to an order of insect called Odonata. Dragonflies are in the suborder Anisoptera, the damsels in the suborder Zygoptera. Dragonflies usually hold their wings out to their sides when at rest. They are typically larger and bulkier than damselfies. Dragons have large compound eyes which, in many species, cover most of […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 8/5/14 by , Ranger

August 6th, 2014

The occupants of the last remaining active nest in our six nest boxes here at the Museum have fledged. Four new bluebirds have been added to the local avifauna. I do not expect further activity in any of the boxes. All that remains is the counting. Curiously, the total number of birds fledged (33) was […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/29/14 by , Ranger

July 30th, 2014

With only one active nest remaining in our six nest boxes, I feel confident in saying that there will be no further nest starts this season. The four bluebirds that are currently occupying the nest box at the Amphimeadow in Catch the Wind will most certainly be gone by next week’s inspection of the nest […] Read the rest of this entry »

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