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Oct
08

Gartersnake Caught under a cover board-Sept 19 2008

When checking the snake coverboards we find this garter snake that is entangled in the mesh netting that was a part of the carpet padding. Obviously there needs to be a design change to these cover boards.

06
Oct
08

4 Eastern Box Turtles – Oct 6 2008

Shadow, the dog of camp’s outdoor education assistant staff, found these 4 box turtles near the meadow. Three of them were together with 2 males fighting over a female. This is the most eastern box turtles that I’ve ever seen in the wild in one place.

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17
Sep
08

Goldrenrod Galls – Sept 17 2008

Here are good examples of insect galls on goldenrod

The top bushy gall is caused by the goldenrod gall gnat which stops further stem growth.

Other galls are the spherical bulges lower on the stem of the plant called goldenrod ball galls.  Created by the gall fly larva, these homes are invaded by birds in the winter like chickadees and downy woodpeckers.  It’s even possible to identify which type of bird ate which larva by the hole that is left on the gall.  These larva are also invaded by ice fisherman who use the larva as bait.

The goldenrod gall moth also produces a gall that is elliptical in shape.  Here’s a how it avoids freezing to death in the winter.

Goldenrod seems to have a difficult life.

If you’re interested in more information I’d suggest “The book of Field and Roadside” by John Eastman.  It’s an excellent resource concerning plants and there common insect associates.

For more on goldenrod galls

 

17
Sep
08

Praying Mantis – Sept 17 2008

I find this praying mantis in the meadow just east of the red oak preserve.

17
Sep
08

Spider with egg Sack – Sept 17 2008

I see this spider with its egg sack as I’m hiking on Lakeside trail.

16
Sep
08

Insects on goldenrod – Sept 16 2008

Insects seem to love goldren at this time of the year.

Insect on Goldenrod - Sept 16 2008

Wasp on Goldenrod - Sept 16 2008

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2 insects on Goldenrod - Sept 16 2008

Bumblebee on Goldenrod - Sept 16 2008

15
Sep
08

Caterpillars on Mulberry – Sept 15 2008