NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, July 29, 2020 (Wednesday)
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Info Line # 506-384-6397 (384-NEWS)
** Interesting CAROLINA WREN [Troglodyte de Caroline] news from Bob Childs from his Court St. Riverview home. When on his porch there are a couple Carolina Wrens that keep talking to each other. They move around and are so loud that they are beginning to drive them a bit crazy, but they still love hearing them except when they are right there in the back yard. They fly a little way away and that helps. He is sure that their babies that are grown now and he hears them all over the neighborhood when he goes for walks as well. They seem they have stuck up their beaks to the real estate provided but this species can nest a second time in a season. The bird box choice remains, all 9 of them!.
** Verica Leblanc has found that her butterfly visitors seem to be a bit slower in Nelson, Miramichi this year. She had a WHITE ADMIRAL BUTTERFLY [Amiral] and a FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY last week, a PECK’S SKIPPER BUTTERFLY [Hespérie de Peck] with the usual CABBAGE WHITE BUTTERFLIES [Piéride du chou] and SULPHUR BUTTERFLIES [Papillon de soufre] but the others are slower in coming. Even the bees have been scarce. Then on Monday she noticed an increase in bees on her plants. For the first time she had a MOURNING CLOAK BUTTERFLY [Papillon de la cape de deuil] and a COMMON WOOD NYMPH BUTTERFLY [Satyre des prés] visit that closed their wings for a photo.
However while photographing the butterfly she noticed some movement and saw a CHIPPING SPARROW [Bruant familier] land among her plants and get a grub snack. Verica has been trying to grow BUTTERFLY WEED, and this year she had 3 of them come up. A bee certainly was busy as can be seen by its load of pollen in its pollen baskets on its legs in Verica’s photo.
** Anna Tucker visited the Fundy Trail Parkway to very highly recommend a visit there this summer. It is not completed all the way through to Alma for the public but you can enter it from St. Martins and make a loop coming out at Sussex Corner. She comments on the many flowers in bloom en route noting the common white blooming plant Yarrow with carrot-like leaves that also comes in a much less common pink form that Anna sends photos of as well. She photographed a MONARCH BUTTERFLY [Monarque] near the Parkway Interpretation Center and sends a few vista scenes along the route.
** Jane Leblanc photographed an ATLANTIS FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY [Argynne de l'Atlantique] enjoying her St. Martins yard milkweed on Tuesday as well as a MOURNING CLOAK BUTTERFLY [Papillon de la cape de deuil] to the milkweed. A HUMMINGBIRD CLEARWING MOTH [Papillon à ailes claires Colibri] was on Goldenrod and the CEDAR WAXWINGS [Jaseur d'Amérique] have cleaned up the Serviceberries and are now working on the Honeysuckle berries. Jane suspects that the ripening Cherries will be the next item on the menu. Jane also enclosed a photo of her yard GREENSPIRE LINDEN TREE. The heavy, sweet odour of the numerous flowers of this species exploding at the moment is a pollinator insect magnet The Linden is a cultivar tree that is closely related to our native, wild Basswood Tree. Basswood and Linden can easily be recognized by the lip from which the flowers and later seeds are attached. Arrows point to them.
**Yvette Richard sends some photos of a male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD enjoying her Cocagne yard nectar feeder. Note that the males will be leaving us during the first few weeks of August to migrate South. No doubt the females and young-of-the-year that will stay until early September will contentedly wave a wing goodbye!
** Brian Stone recently got 2 species of reddish mushrooms. The CINNABAR-RED POLYPORE MUSHROOM [Champignon Polypore Rouge Cinabre] grows as a shelf fungus on rotting wood, especially Cherry and Oak. Note the pore openings in the under view and as Brian found (after a bit of re-education) it produces a white spore print. The other red mushroom that he found was the LOBSTER MUSHROOM [Champignon de homard]. This mushroom grows from the ground and is an interesting one in that it starts off as another species of mushroom and is secondarily invaded by another fungus to give it a completely different shape, colour, and name. It is an edible mushroom when found fresh and still soft. It is sold in grocery stores in the dried form and is quite expensive. Note the underside is almost powdery with small, pimple-like structures.
** A few of the images that got off yesterday’s blogspot include photos of a COMMON WOOD NYMPH BUTTERFLY [Satyre des prés] from Aldo Dorio and Brian Stone. It is interesting to note that 3 sources reported this species in 2 days so I assume that this is a popular flight period of this species. Another photo missed was Brian Stone’s photo of the insect HARVESTMAN, aka Daddy Longlegs.