Sunday, May 31, 2015
Saturday, May 30, 2015
an excerpt from "The Birds of Minnesota" by Thomas S. Roberts (a really cool, old school bird guide in two volumes):
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Over the weekend the annual mass emergence of Common Baskettail dragonflies, Epitheca cynosure occurred at Westwood Hills Nature Center. This event usually happens within days of a large midge emergence, which happened earlier in the week.
Monday, May 18, 2015
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Lesser Maple Spanworm, Speranza pustularia. A few of these caterpillars, along with the leaves they were on, were blown out of our front yard's Silver Maple tree during yesterday evening's thunderstorm. They are members of the Geometridae, the inchworm family.
The eggs overwinter on the branches of a tree, typically a maple. In May the caterpillars hatch and begin feeding on leaves. The adult moths can be found throughout the summer.
It's not a very distinctive caterpillar. The most distinctive identifying features are the light colored stripes running along the upper sides of the caterpillar's body (the sub dorsal stripe).