Monday, August 6, 2018

Mushroom Log: Late July 2018

All the mushrooms in this post were photographed at Lake Carlos State Park

Lactarius subserifluus
Some noteworthy features note apparent from the photographs include a tough stem and ever so slight fragrance of . . . something (pleasant).

Pluteus chrysophlebius

Omphalina epichysium
Possibly symbiotic with moss.

Asterophora lycoperdoides (left)
Lactarius or Russula species (right)
A. lycoperdoides is parasitic on species of Lactarius and Russula.  If you look carefully at the picture on the left, you'll notice that whitish A. lycoperdoides are on the cap of another mushroom, which is pictured to the right.

Hygrocybe sp.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Moth Party

Last week I did a little program about moths at the nature center I work at (it was National Moth Week).  I "painted" a number of trees with a mix of bananas, honey, syrup, fermented apple sauce and rum extract to attract moths.  After the program was over I went out and photographed as many of the moths as I could.  I think the pictures turned rather well considering the fact that I just used my iPhone and a handheld led light.

Presented in Hodges # order.

Herpetogramma abdominalis

Lettered Habrosyne - Habrosyne scripta
Three patched Bigwing Moth - Heterophleps refusaria

American Idia Moth - Idia americalis

Glossy Black Idia Moth - Idia lubricalis

Dark-banded Owlet Moth - Phalaenophana pyramusalis

Black Zale Moth - Zale undularis

Semirelict Underwing Moth - Catocala semirelicta

American Angle Shades Moth - Euplexia benesimilis

Old Man Dart - Agrostis vetusta
Unidentified Moths

 Moth Photographer's Group


"Moths and Caterpillars of the North Woods" by Jim Sogaard

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

Early Summer Moths 2018

Plume Moth - unknown species
I found a number of these small, spiny caterpillars on a patch of Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium sp.).  Many Plume Moths have leaf mining larva, so I wonder if the leaf mines found on the same plants are from earlier instars.  The adult Plume Moth pictured above was found a few feet from the caterpillars, but could be a completely different species that just happened to be close by.

Plume Moths are distinctive as a group with their T-shaped body, but very difficult to identify to species. 

White-striped Black - Trichodezia albovittata

 Family Geometridae.  Caterpillars feed on Jewelweed (Impatiens sp.).

Grapevine Skeletonizer - Harrisina americana
I first identified this moth as a Yellow-collared Scape Moth, Cisseps fulvicollis which looks very similar but is from a different family. 

Broad Ashen Pinion - Lithophane laticinerea

You could talk me out of this identification, but the presence of more or less continuous middisoral and subdorsal (stripes on the back) leads me to choose L. laticinera over the very similar (but less back stripey) L. antennata.  Noctuidae family.