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 Isolated Shallow Marsh 9 days ago
      It was very quiet except for a few birds. I imagine it must be full of frogs in the spring.
    2. Comment on Ovis aries 9 days ago
      Lars, I'm not sure if it is the wrong one or not but when I began reading about this group of wild sheep I saw that the taxonomy was a bit "confused" and so decided not to create a species page until I knew more. Are the sheep in your photo a domesticated breed? If they are then I think the species name would be Ovis aries. But I'm not all that familiar with sheep species. I was also reading that the Mouflon (Ovis orientalis) has been breed with domestic sheep and where it has escaped into the wild in North America has successfully hybridized with the native bighorn sheep. Hope you can sort this out better than I can.
    3. Comment on Ovis aries 9 days ago
    4. Comment on Pteridium aquilinum 10 days ago
      You've got me laughing here, Ferdy! Yes, it did just happen. I was more intent on getting the focus right especially on the elongate leaf tips. I did wait a week (it was the last detail on my schedule) to go to that spot not see the ferns but to spend some time in a spruce swamp looking for Pyrola minor (which I did find).
    5. Comment on Diervilla lonicera 10 days ago
      These are in just about every forest stand except the extremely swampy ones. Have you seen this species in CT?
    6. Comment on Pteridium aquilinum 10 days ago
      I think there was a beam of sunlight coming through the trees to give that effect.
    7. Comment on Hydnellum peckii 11 days ago
      It is a lifer or life list for me. Hoping to see it again next time I'm up there again later this month.
    8. Comment on Hydnellum peckii 11 days ago
      First time I've ever seen this fungus and I've been roaming the Northwoods for decades.
    9. I saw micro-moths on the snow here last year in April. The air temperature was in the mid-30s. Yep, spoiled moths in that tropical place you live in.

      I almost did not photograph the katydid thinking it was just some common grasshopper. The wing shape and coloration looks like a grasshopper. But when I saw the ovipositor I knew it was a katydid.
    10. 60s at night is warm here! The katydid has not come back but it is out there. I just got an email from the University of Minnesota Entomology Department about the katydid. They have one specimen from the western side of the state collected in the 1970s.