|Large Maple Spanworm Moth - Prochoerodes lineola|
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
|Fall Cankerworm Moth - Alsophila pometaria|
The Fall Cankerworm overwinters as an egg, the caterpillar feeds in the spring, pupates, and the adult moth flies and mates in the fall, often in cold weather. The similar (especially the caterpillar) Spring Cankerworm, Paleacrita vernata, feeds as a caterpillar in the spring, like the Fall Cankerworm, but drops to the ground and burrows, waiting until late winter to pupate. The adult Spring Cankerworm flies in the early cold spring. In both cases the females are flightless.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
There's another species, A. sinapina that apparently features these same yellow accessories, but only in the Northeast, but not out West where they are colored differently (some shade of brown I assume). And I'm in the Midwest, so is it yellow or something else? Either way, I don't think the mushrooms in my photograph are A. sinapina because that species grows singly or in groups of two to three. These mushrooms were in large clusters of twenty to thirty.
I spent awhile looking over Tom Volk's Key to North American Armillaria species, amongst other sources while trying to determine what species of Honey Mushroom I had found.
Friday, September 9, 2011
|Forsaken Underwing - Catocala relicta|
This one was perched on the Silver Maple in our front yard. They prefer to perch on trees with light colored bark, where the coloration of their forewings keeps them camouflaged.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
|Brown-Hooded Owlet Caterpillar - Cucullina convexipennis|
Whatever the case may be, it's a stunning caterpillar. However, the adult moth it turns into after overwintering in the ground as a pupa is decidedly unstunning, and very brown. If the caterpillar is toxic, or sends a false signal of toxicity, than as an adult it seems to switch strategies and rely on cryptic coloration to avoid being eaten.