Sunday, July 23, 2017
Camouflaged Loopers are also known as Wavy-lined Emeralds for the light green moths they eventually develop into. They belong to the inchworm family, the Geometridae. This family never ceases to amaze and surprise me. It's members contain such a variety of camouflages, feeding strategies and are some of the first and last moths active in Minnesota. I think most people would recognize an "inchworm", but don't realize how much more there is to them.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
I'm still disappointed that American Toads were moved from the genus Bufo and into the genus Anaxyrus. I'm not sure what the specific reasoning was for the change, and I doubt I'd have any qualms about it; my disappointment is purely onomatopoeic. Bufo sounds just so quintessentially toadish. There are still toad species in the world in the genus Bufo, but not the American Toad. Sad