Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
A White-tailed Kite has been found in NJ along the Barnegat Bayshore. It was first reported on October 21 by a local birder, but not seen again. It was then re-found by the same birder on Wednesday. Today, it was seen by many birders. This is the second record of this species in NJ. From how I've heard it, the story of the first sighting goes something like this: A birder was photographing a group of Mississippi Kites down in Cape May. Some weeks or months later he was sharing the photos with a well-known NJ birder and, lo and behold, one of the photos was actually a White-tailed Kite!
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Sunday, October 24, 2010
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Some people simply see moths as a pest that they want to keep away from their wool or as a visitor to their porch light. While most moths are not very colorful like their butterfly cousins, they are beautiful in their own way and are very interesting critters. In an effort to learn more about the moths in my yard, I invested a few bucks and created a somewhat portable moth light. Its only requirement is a power outlet and a place to hang the sheet. The idea is that the light attracts moths and other insects to a white sheet for easy viewing. Here are the materials I used:
- 2 work lights with clamps. I happened to have these already, but they
are about $5-7 at the hardware store
- Black light bulbs – I got these CFL ones at Wal-mart (sorry Wal-mart haters, but no place else had them). If you could find a bigger bulb, you may not need two bulbs.
- An old tripod – a new one would work too. I use this as a stand for
the lights, so many things could serve this purpose.
- A white sheet – 100% cotton is preferred because it glows best with
the black light
I set this up in our little condo “backyard” in Auust by stringing a rope between a fence and the house. I turned it on just as it was getting dark and waited a while. Even after 15 minutes, small micromoths started to come. Within 30 minutes, moths started to show up and some other insects too. Here is a taste of what was seen. Thanks to Seabrooke Leckie for help with most of the IDs. Have you tried this yourself? I was amazed how easy it was.
9666 - Spodoptera frugiperda - Fall Armyworm (Female)
Posted by Patrick B. at 10:14 PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In case you haven't heard, I've been asked to be one of the beat writers over at 10,000 Birds! I'll be covering topics mostly around NJ and butterflies, not necessarily mutually exclusive topics. I'm humbled to be part of the great company of writers that Mike, Corey, and Charlie have assembled. Look for my first post this Thursday.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010
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Friday, February 12, 2010
Birds weren’t all that we saw in Puerto Rico. There were many butterflies seen flitting about that I didn’t get photographs of. These included Great Southern White, Cloudless Sulphur, and Florida Purplewing. I did get one decent butterfly photo of a Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak.
We found two funky-looking moths. The first flew into the restaurant during dinner in Maricao. It’s about the size of a monarch.
The second was found at Casa Cubuy in El Yunque. This one was about 3” long.
Lizards are plentiful in Puerto Rico. The most common are of the Anolis genus like the one below.
We also saw this interesting lizard in a tree. Maybe someone out there knows the ID. It’s probably another anole! (Update - might be Puerto Rican Crested Anole)
This concludes all of the Puerto Rico posts I had planned. It was a fantastic trip!
Posted by Patrick B. at 4:18 PM
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Here is the complete list of species seen. Asterisk denotes an endemic.
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