NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, August 1, 2020 (Saturday)
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**Aldo Dorio got a photo of some very special butterflies on Friday: SALT-MARSH COPPERS [Cuivre des marais salés]. This is one of only four species endemic to Canada. It is found along the Gulf of St. Lawrence, northeastern New Brunswick to Inverness County, Nova Scotia, and coastal areas of PEI, as well as the Gaspé Coast. Its host plant is a species of Silverweed [Argentine]. Jim Edsall confirmed the identification.
Aldo also got another COMMON WOOD NYMPH BUTTERFLY [Satyre des prés] that seems to be so prevalent lately.
**Margaret Scott-Rogers got a photo of a WHITE-MARKED TUSSOCK MOTH caterpillar [Chenille à houppes blanches]. Margie is sharing her geraniums with the caterpillar. Lucky lady! The bright red head, white to yellow mid-dorsal tufts, and black mid-dorsal stripe flanked by yellow sub-dorsal stripes are diagnostic to identify this caterpillar. This again was Edsall-confirmed.
**Gordon Rattray got some nice butterfly photos on Friday. The ATLANTIS FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY [Argynne de l'Atlantique] shows the grey eye and the dark wing border. The MUSTARD WHITE [Piéride des crucières] would be from a second brood, as the first brood is seen very early in the season. The second brood shows more pale shading on the wing veins. The CABBAGE WHITE [Piéride du chou] is one of our common non-native species. The photo shows the dark wing spot and the black tip of the forewing. A HUMMINGBIRD CLEARWING MOTH [Sphinx colibri] joined in.
Gordon watched a thunderhead cloud forming, looking east over Pré-d'en-Haut at 6:15 Friday night, and could hear the rumbles.
**Verica LeBlanc got some photos of a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth in her Miramichi flower garden, to make it the first ever for her. It has been a good year for this moth species. A comment from Daryl Doucet was interesting. He recalls being an avid moth collector in the 1970s, and never saw a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth then. He feels they have gradually become more numerous in recent years.
**For mushroom connoisseurs, Kevin Renton reports that he found a patch of FIELD MUSHROOMS [Agaric champêtre] on Friday that are about to hit the pan to be sautéed.
** The Honeysuckle shrubs are in full berry at the moment showing their berries twinned with a shared ovary. These bright red succulent berries are a bird connoisseur favourite. A photo is attached.
Nelson Poirier, Nature Moncton