Saturday, August 31, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Two small, brownish moths I've come across recently that both sport a little bit of pink on their wings. Both are members of the Noctuidae family.
Pink-barred Lithacodia - Pseudeustrotia carneola
Pink-patched Looper Moth - Eosphoropteryx thyatyroides
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
While a fairly easy genus to recognize, it can difficult to identify a Leccinum to species. It matches fairly well the description given to L. aurantiacum, the Red-capped Scaber Stalk, in the "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. A few identification details, besides size, shape and color that may aid in identification:
- pores were sunken around the stem
- pores quickly bruised reddish brown (see next two pictures).
- the stem only faintly bruised bluish when cut (see third picture below).
- flesh didn't discolor immediately, but did eventually turn brownish
- habitat was a mix of conifers and hardwoods.
From an edibility stand point, you don't have to know the species if you know it's a Scaber Stalk, all are apparently edible. But know your scabers vs. glandular dots vs reticulation, though overall boletes are a pretty safe group, but of course, there are always exceptions.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
I just got back from a family camping trip at Jay Cook State Park. We had a great time hiking, poking around in the water and amongst the rocks, and keeping an eye out for Death Eaters . . .
After dark, I turned on our Propane lantern to watch for moths, and was surprised with how many different kinds of moth it attracted.
Four-spotted Ghost Moth - Sthenopis purpurascens
The Neighbor - Haploa contigua
Little White Lichen Moth - Clemensia albata
Painted Lichen Moth - Hypoprepia fucosa
One more Arctiid.
Reticulated Fruitworm Moth - Cenopis reticulatana
Bronzed Cutworm Moth - Nephelodes minians
Snowy Geometer - Eugonobaptia nivosaria?
There are certainly other white moths out there; I ruled out a few other similar species, but I'm not positive there aren't others out there. Geometridae, Inchworm family.
Northern Pearly-eye - Enodia anthedon
A butterfly crasher at the moth party. I wonder if Northern Pearly-eyes are commonly attracted to lights at night.
I photographed a lot of other moths, and many more came that I didn't get pictures of. Overall, a very successful two nights of mothing!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Some interesting facts about water fleas:
They reproduce parthenogenetically, that is without mating, and generally, most populations are made up females.
- You can observe a lot with only modest magnificatrion, including: their heartbeat, filter feeding, and giving birth.
- They eat mostly algae, helping to clarify water.
- They are food for a lot of other animals
- Most have a transparent shell, which on the MN DNR website is described as taco shell shaped. Legs are inside of this shell.
- They swim with their two large antenna, using their legs to move water for filter feeding.
- They sport one large compound eye.
- If you've swam in a MN lake, you have probably swam with water fleas (don't worry, remember, they aren't actually fleas).