NATURE MONCTON INFORMATION LINE, September 16, 2020 (Wednesday)
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** Aldo Dorio photographed a BALD-FACED HORNET on the eave of his Neguac home on Tuesday. This species is actually a Yellowjacket Wasp (Vespidae), not a true hornet. They build a pendulous, basketball sized nest that we’ll see very readily once the leaves start to fall. They are an aggressive wasp around their nests. Aldo also got another fresh looking MOURNING CLOAK BUTTERFLY [Papillon de la cape de deuil] that will be apt to overwinter as an adult just as the photo shows. The underside is very cryptic as camouflage against tree bark for the winter.
** Brian Stone got up early on Tuesday to put his garbage out for collection at 6:20 am and noticed the 4% waning CRESCENT MOON not too far away from the planet VENUS and decided it needed to be shot so sleepyheads could see what they missed. That having woken him up nicely he decided to go out and look for more subjects to record in the Cap Pele area for a few hours. At the Cap Pele and Cap Brule lagoons were lots of BONAPARTE'S GULLS [Mouette de Bonaparte] and CANADA GEESE [Bernaches du Canada] with a large population of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS [Cormoran à aigrettes], especially at Cap Brule. A few shorebirds were evident at several areas and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS [Petit Chevalier] stopped feeding long enough for a portrait. A few scattered HORSE MUSHROOMS were up in spots and a spore print showed a dark, rich brown colour. On his way home he stopped at Pointe-du-Chéne for a quick shot of the immature LITTLE BLUE HERON [Aigrette bleue] that is still hanging out there. Back at home and later in the early evening he recorded the sunset through the hazy sky.