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July 24, 2019
Notes and Changes since last report
It was 75°F, clear and breezy at 1:00 PM on July 24, 2019.
Rain ending the day before had followed a stretch of hot, dry weather.
This was the most diverse butterfly day yet this season with 17 species.
This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
Today started with a brief butterfly walk with
Then it was over to the Old Hayfields, where
common milkweed pods
were getting big.
A surprise was
white wild bergamot
garden spider's web
near normally colored bergamot had caught a silver-spotted skipper.
were feeding on bergamot today.
Compare the colors and eye stripe of the
, also called bumblebee moth.
One of several goldenrod galls, the
goldenrod bunch gall
is shelter for the larva of a midge. Its secretions stop stem growth, but the leaves keep coming.
goldenrod ball gall
is caused by the larva of different fly.
A serious looking
was feeding on spotted knapweed.
have been around this season. Several were out today.
On the Sedge Meadow Trail, a rather worn
was perching in the sun. Even though the silvery mark on the underside was not obvious, the spots on the forewing above ID'd it.
In another patch of sun was a
. It neither bites nor stings.
Out in the Sedge Meadow, a
posed for a photo.
On the far side,
have been almost scarce this year.
In the back Old Hayfield, a mating pair
lumbered by and dropped into a shady space among the vegetation.
had been pulled together with silk. It was an empty spider nest.
Up above, a small
was lounging on a leaf.
on a neighboring leaf suggested some kind of wasp.
Only later the computer darkroom revealed that the observer was being observed... by a tiny
In the heat of the day,
were active and easier to spot than to photo.
were perching on goldenrods and dogbanes. One would move and a dozen would spiral up in a cloud. Then one cloud would inspire another...
The return run through the Sedge Meadow picked up a nice view of the
that only teased before.
It's always nice to find a
Every sunny tree trunk in the woods is a potential perch for an
. Compare the spots to the question mark of earlier.
The sunny saplings on the descending Wappinger Creek trail are favorite perches for
. Unfortunately, the saplings are tall...
Once in a while, somebody comes down to a lower branch - it was a
, a little tattered and missing tails - possibly from a bird.
Down by the creek, a sunny spot with a nettle patch was bound to have another
. This view is easier to compare with that question mark.
was full enough after the recent inch or so of rain.
! Was that here before?
And another darkroom discovery: a
was preparing to flower in the floodplain.
Up in front of the bench at Trail Marker 10, only a few nests were still active. It looked like a
rather than a bee.
Next week: the Cary Pines side of the trail system.
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Black Swallowtail
2 Hummingbird Clearwing
1 Pale jewelweed
1 Chimney Swift
1 Cabbage White
8 Snowberry Clearwing
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Clouded Sulphur
1 Yellow-collared scape moth
1 Downy Woodpecker
3 Coral Hairstreak
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Banded Hairstreak
2 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Spring Azure
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
4 Great Spangled Fritillary
2 Red-eyed Vireo
8 Pearl Crescent
1 Blue Jay
2 Question Mark
3 Tufted Titmouse
5 Eastern Comma
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 Red-spotted Purple
1 Wood Thrush
2 Northern Pearly-eye
2 American Robin
2 Appalachian Brown
5 Gray Catbird
11 Common Wood-Nymph
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
17 Silver-spotted Skipper
6 Eastern Towhee
30 Northern Broken-Dash
1 Field Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting
2 American Goldfinch
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