Sunday, May 28, 2017

Late May Moth Caterpillars

Fall Cankerworm, Alsophila pometaria hanging underneath a partially eaten basswood leaf.

a. Fall Cankerworm, A. pometaria on a basswood leaf
b. Linden Looper, Erannis tiliaria on an elm leaf
c. Spring Cankerworm, Paleacrita vernata on an elm leaf
d. partially eaten elm leaf
e. Fall Cankerworm under a Brock Magiscope
f. Copper Underwing, Amphipyra pyramidoides on a basswood leaf
g. Fall Cankerworm
h. Linden Looper under a Brock Magiscope
i. Oblique-banded Leafroller Moth, Choristoneura rosaceana on basswood leaf.  I'm less certain about the id of this one.  There are a number of green leafroller moths with black heads.  I arrived at my id by cross checking the food plant database at Tortricidae.net (a site dedicated to leafroller moths) with the range maps at Moth Photographers group.  This narrowed down the choices to about a dozen moths.  Then I compared photographs of the caterpillars to my photographs.  Even if I'm wrong about the id, it was a fun process!
j. rolled basswood leaf of leafroller moth
k. partially eaten basswood leaf
l. Spring Cankerworm on elm leaf

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Black Morel Art

I did a rough version of this picture a few years ago, but I wanted to redo it and make it available at Red Bubble.

My original intent was to put together all the "Black" Morel species and their habitat preferences that could possibly be found in Minnesota into a kind of graphic id guide.  But it evolved into something much more decorative and stylized.

If you're interested in knowing more about the various species of morels in North America, I highly recommend the Morchella page at Mushroom Expert.