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 Eupithecia ravocostaliata 21 hrs ago
      It sure is. I knew I'd found a new one last night as soon as I saw it.
    2. Comment on Quercus macrocarpa twig 2 days ago
      Go easy on them because they do contain tannic acid although not as much as red oaks do.
    3. Comment on Acleris robinsoniana 2 days ago
      I wonder if lights have an impact on the moths where you are. There are plenty of lights here, too, especially in nearby small towns and it seems at nearly every house out here in the woods. Light pollution has really gotten bad here in the last 25 years.

      What about Bt use to control gypsy moths? If it has been used in your area it may also be affecting non-target species.

      Where I live the most common crop is hay and a little bit of feed corn. Otherwise, it is forested (lots of aspen regen) or open (pastures, marshes, etc). What sorts of crops do they grow where you live?
    4. Comment on Aethalura intertexta 3 days ago
      Not paper notes but I keep all my photos organized by species, month and year and I have a spreadsheet that I update periodically with new species and the date of their appearance. I usually make some note of the weather as well by photographing the outside thermometer.
    5. Comment on Acleris robinsoniana 3 days ago
      Do you mean less moth diversity or less plant community type diversity?
    6. Comment on Quercus macrocarpa twig 3 days ago
      Some can be eaten right from the tree but there is a tannic acid content that could be a problem if you eat too many. The acorns can be mashed and soaked in a few changes of warm water to make a flour. I haven't tried this but have eaten bur oak acorns from the trees.
    7. Comment on Quercus macrocarpa twig 4 days ago
      The trees were quite spectacular with all of those winged branches.
    8. Comment on Quercus macrocarpa twig 4 days ago
      And edible with minimal processing.
    9. Comment on Lichen - Unknown sp. 5 days ago
      Is this orange part on the inside of the lichen? Phaeophyscia rubropullchra has a reddish medulla but if this color is on the outside you are probably looking at some fungus that is attacking the lichen.
    10. Comment on Seed Pods 5 days ago
      The three-parted seed capsule looks more typical of some monocots such as lily family members.