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 Chionodes fondella 11 days ago
      I signed up last year but never got any confirmation for some reason but I will try again this year.
    2. Comment on Chionodes fondella 11 days ago
      What about white paper or tag board? I've been placing white paper behind the glass on my screen door and don't seem to have much of an issue with flash and glare.
    3. Comment on Chionodes fondella 12 days ago
      I used to sell winter squash at the farmers market plus I like squash. What I didn't eat or sell I fed to my chickens (no longer have those) and sheep (still have four).
    4. Think I've seen this moth here before but the lighting was not very good.

      I am going to wash the glass on my screen door though. It's a mess. I've also started taping a sheet of white paper to the inside of the glass to help me focus better on the moths.
    5. Comment on Ursula Wainscot - Leucania ursula 13 days ago
      I think I have some like these, too. Don't know what they are. Also a lot of wainscot type moths.
    6. Comment on Chionodes fondella 13 days ago
      I wonder if I could place the blacklight behind the sheet? Yep, June frosts are not unusual here. A few years ago there was a frost on June 21. It damaged my squash seedlings but I managed to save most by going out and covering them with hay. I got about 500 pounds of winter squash that year anyway.
    7. Comment on Chionodes fondella 13 days ago
      I'm going to have to try a blacklight. It was very cold again here last night and some places got a light frost. I'm hoping this week will have at least a few warmer nights like the forecast predicts.
    8. Comment on Selenia kentaria 13 days ago
      Me too. The larvae feed on wild cherry and birch both of which are common in MN yet there is only one record of the species from here according to MPG http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=6818

      BAMONA has no records of it from MN or WI. It does seem to be better represented in the southern Appalachians and New England.
    9. Comment on Xylena curvimacula 14 days ago
      I agree with you on the deer flies! They seem to be on every trail and path and just won't quit! Maine's flies sound a lot like Minnesota's. One day many years ago up by Devil Track Lake I got more than 50 black fly bites on my face, neck, and hands.
    10. Comment on Allium tricoccum 14 days ago
      Pesto sounds good!