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 Operophtera bruceata 19 days ago
      The hard killing frosts came in early October here which is very late. But like you, we are experiencing odd weather. Later killing frosts, an earlier start to the growing season, and winters that should have cold weather with snow not slush and rain. But we'll see how this winter goes. This month in about 2 days we got 8 inches of rain and a flood. That amount of rain in such a short period is more the norm now.
    2. Comment on Operophtera bruceata 19 days ago
      The days are just too short now and the sun is getting lower on the horizon even at noon.

      First frost? is that early or late for where you live?
    3. Comment on Operophtera bruceata 19 days ago
      A few New England asters and Violas but not for long here. The asters look bad.
    4. Comment on Operophtera bruceata 19 days ago
      I still have some flowers blooming in my garden though!
    5. Comment on Operophtera bruceata 20 days ago
      They're not unusual but I think these are a little lower than normal. There's already ice forming on some small ponds in the woods. An inch of snow is predicted for Halloween.
    6. Comment on Sceptridium dissectum forma dissectum 20 days ago
      Ferns in this genus are long-lived. There are reports of Sceptridium mulitifidum at about 100 years old. They grow from a single small vertical underground stem unlike most other ferns that produce horizontal rhizomes that continue to grow on as the older parts die.
    7. It's a Moth With No Name like that song.
    8. Comment on Sorex arcticus 29 days ago
      Not easy to find unless you've got a trap filled with plenty of food. I think this one and the other shrew were killed by a fox who decided not to eat them since they smell pretty bad. The next day when I went back intending to collect the specimens they were gone. Maybe they didn't smell so bad after a day?
    9. It seems it is more common to find dead shrews in domesticated places. The usual culprit is a cat. They will kill them but not bother to eat them. The smell of shrews is quite strong which makes them unpalatable. I think this shrew (and the other) was killed by a fox as there were tracks and scat everywhere. When I went back to this spot on Sunday both were gone. Perhaps they'd "aired out" enough to make them palatable?
    10. Comment on Calamagrostis stricta one month ago
      It is a beautiful plant and taxonomically confusing as well. Even the Minnesota DNR is baffled: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/rsg/profile.html?action=elementDetail&selectedElement=PMPOA170M0

      Details of the awns are supposed to be important in determining species.