Saturday, 25 July 2020

July 25 2020

NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, 25 July 2020 (Saturday)

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 Transcript by: Catherine Clements

 Info Line #: 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS) **Yvette Richard got a nice photo of a SWAMP SPARROW [Bruant des marais] with its head feathers up in a bright rusty crest, obviously annoyed with something. Yvette also got a photo of several BALD EAGLES [Pygargue à tête blanche] perched on the westbound ramp of the Trans-Canada Highway at Lakeburn near some chicken-raising barns.

 **There are two very common grasshoppers out there right now in hot dry areas, especially roadsides. One makes a crackling sound when it flies; the other is silent. Brian Stone got unopen-winged photos of both the CAROLINA GRASSHOPPER [Oedipode à ailes noires] and the CRACKLING FOREST GRASSHOPPER [Oedipode verruqueux]. They do look very similar except when they fly, as the open underwing pattern is different. It was a surprise when doing a Google search to find one reference to the Nature Moncton Information Line of September 5th, 2015, that showed open-winged photos of each, that are re-attached today. I’d totally forgotten about them, but Mr. Google hadn’t! 

**Attached is a photo of a SAY’S CICADA [Cigale ridée]. The empty chamber to the rear allows them to make a loud stridulation. These large fly-like insects come out of the ground from the pupa stage to exit an exuvia much like a dragonfly or a damselfly would, but do have a specific appearance. Maureen Girvan received a photo from a friend that captures an empty cicada exuvia beautifully. 

**Brian Stone got some interesting activity on his rounds on Friday, to include a COMMON WOOD NYMPH BUTTERFLY [Satyre des prés], some fading NORTHERN CRESCENT BUTTERFLIES [Croissant nordique], a Crab Spider [Araignée-crabe] appearing to have cornered some small beetles, and a Say’s Cicada among pine needles, where they like to be best. 

**For those following Lucy the MONARCH BUTTERFLY [Monarque] saga, I fed her nectar Friday evening using Rhéal Vienneau’s technique, and she actually let her proboscis be put in, and took in the nectar. 

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 Nelson Poirier,
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SWAMP SPARROW, JULY 23, 2020. YVETTE RICHARD

BALD EAGLES. JULY 23, 2020. YVETTE RICHARD

COMMON WOOD NYMPH BUTTERFLY. JULY 24, 2020.. BRIAN STONE

NORTHERN CRESCENT BUTTERFLIES. JULY 24, 2020. BRIAN STONE

CRAB SPIDER AND BEETLES. JULY 24, 2020. BRIAN STONE


CAROLINA AND CRACKLING FOREST GRASSHOPPER. JULY 24, 2020. BRIAN STONE

CAROLINA GRASSHOPPER (Dissosteira carolina).AUG 30, 2015

CAROLINA GRASSHOPPER (Dissosteira carolina).AUG 30, 2015

CRACKLING FOREST GRASSHOPPER (Trimerotropis verruculata). SEPT 5, 2015. NELSON POIRIER 

CRACKLING FOREST GRASSHOPPER (Trimerotropis verruculata).SEPT 5, 2015. NELSON POIRIER 

SAY'S CICADA. JULY 24, 2020. BRIAN STONE

SAY'S CICADA. JULY 24, 2020. NELSON POIRIER 

SAY'S CICADA. JULY 24, 2020. NELSON POIRIER 

CICADA EXUVIA. JULY 23, 2020. VIA MAUREEN GIRVAN


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