Gary B

Gary B

I am interested in all things biological but my main interest is in plants. Lately, my interests have expanded to non-plants such as lichens, fungi, and arthropods. A current project of mine is to document moths that live in the forests and wetlands on my property. When I am not doing that I work as field botanist searching for rare plant species.
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    1. Comment on Aethes sp. 2 days ago
      Aethes sexdentata is also possible and it is known from a few places in MN and one county in WI not too far from where I live.
    2. Comment on Latex sap of Lactuca canadensis 2 days ago
      Very helpful when neither is in flower.
    3. Comment on Aethes sp. 2 days ago
      I'll probably go with Aethes razowskii but need to look over more photos at BG today before I make up my mind. It's just so far out of range but not everything has been fully documented or mapped either.
    4. According to this at least one species of Elophila does not possess gills. I would assume the same is true of the other species.

      http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/leps/waterlily_leafcutter.htm
    5. I wonder if they have gill-like structures similar to what Paraponyx has. Can't seem to find much info on Elophila yet. There's a county ditch that goes through a wetland I inventory that is loaded with duckweed. Thinking of taking a small bucket to collect some next week and see what is in there and if Elophila is there, too.
    6. Comment on Cimbex americana 3 days ago
      The larva has left. I went by the spot yesterday. It had eaten most of the leaf it had been on.
    7. Comment on Tall Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis) 4 days ago
      The "shepherd's hook" form of the inflorescence seems more in line with Lactuca serriola. Do you have any information on the leaves?
    8. Nice find! I find moths like this one that feed on aquatic plants to be very interesting.
    9. Comment on Dark Blister Beetle 4 days ago
      I think this species may have a preference for plants in the Buttercup family. I recently saw dozens of them on some Tall Meadowrue plants.
    10. Comment on Cimbex americana 5 days ago
      Yes, nice details. I was afraid this larva was infected with a disease but it turns out that coiling is normal behavior.