Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 85°F, clear and breezy on June 29, 2022.
- Finally a warm, sunny day on the trails and with it: butterflies.
- In particular, banded hairstreaks.
- This week's trail report covers the Wappinger Creek Trail side of the trail system.
- Warm sun and dry air made for a comfortable walk starting at the Gifford House trailhead.
- The common milkweed by the kiosk was just about in full bloom.
- Knee high was Deptford pink, considered by some to be invasive.
- Ankle high was wild basil, a native to our area and a nectar source for a number of butterflies.
- Little glassywing is one of them. Those glassy spots are not always easy to see, but the white spot below the antenna club usually is.
- One doesn't often see the least skipper feeding (here on Indian hemp - a dogbane). It's usually weaving and bobbing through tall grass.
- Common wood-nymph, however, was weaving through the tall grass, being difficult to get a good look at.
- Then it decided to get a closer look at me.
- In the back Old Hayfield, fringed loosestrife was blooming in patches. Note the fringe on the petioles.
- Appalachian brown had returned to the Sedge Meadow.
- It was moving about but didn't venture far, so providing several different views.
- The sunny patch at the end of the Old Pasture promised hairstreaks.
- Indeed, there were about 8 banded hairstreaks - our most common.
- Then it was into the cooler shade on the bluff over the Wappinger Creek.
- Hmmm, it would be worth scanning the big tree trunks for triangles.
- Ah, there's one - on the edge.
- The first northern pearly-eye of the season.
- Farther along the path, another sunny spot held a robber fly.
- At the bottom of the incline was another sunny hairstreak spot.
- But that wasn't a hairstreak that just dropped in - it was a red-spotted purple.
- Another sunny spot closer to the creek had a colony of nettles.
- Just right for eastern comma, whose caterpillar feeds on them.
- The watershed kiosk is a landmark along the trails.
- At its base is a colony of shinleaf.
- Almost missed the Canada lily on the approach to the Appendix.
- The Fern Glen wasn't on today's route, but how could we not include a paddle caterpillar where ever it was found?
- Next week: the Cary Pines Trail the side of the trail system.