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 Eastern Cottonwood - Populus deltoides 2 months ago
      This past spring a person in MN tried burning the cottonwood fluff in an effort to get rid of it but the fire spread and started a neighbor's house on fire.
    2. That is amazing! And I just noticed two more plants in the photo in the lower left and lower right. I think they are liverworts.
    3. I did notice that variability and wondered how that comes about and why some have no green at all. Are these frogs in the photos all from the same general area or are they from more widely separated locations?
    4. Interesting camouflage like a mossy piece of wood. And the little plant has me wondering what it is. A fern?
    5. Comment on Lithophane pexata (Plush-naped Pinion) 2 months ago
      I went on antibiotics (two week course) the day the fever appeared. I guess I'm fine now as I've had no new symptoms.
    6. Comment on Lithophane pexata (Plush-naped Pinion) 2 months ago
      The snow isn't sticking but in western MN it sounds like they will get close to a foot. We get spotty frosts some nights but so far no heavy killing frost which for here is very unusual.

      The last tick I saw was the one I got Lyme disease from. Never had it before. Did your son have the typical symptoms? I didn't but about 2 weeks after being bitten I had a high fever.
    7. Comment on Thaumatomyia? 2 months ago
      There are a lot of look-alikes in this group.
    8. Comment on Lithophane pexata (Plush-naped Pinion) 2 months ago
      We're getting some light snow right now so that will slow things down for a while. Fortunately, the snow is melting as it falls. I think I may have another new moth but I've got to go over my photos.

      I heard about EEE in CT. Sometimes there are minor outbreaks of that here, too. How are the ticks where you live? I haven't seen any here since late July.
    9. Comment on Thaumatomyia? 2 months ago
      It seems very similar. https://bugguide.net/node/view/599649
    10. Comment on Papaipema pterisii (Bracken Borer Moth) 2 months ago
      I'm hoping to get to November.