Saturday, June 25, 2016

Blooms everywhere in the preserve

Spring is gradually becoming more colorful at the preserve.

Prickly Pear, Britton's Beargrass, Gallberry and more are blooming now.
I also have found the earlier infestation of Praxelis clematidea  that has arrived perhaps via the fire lane mowing. I have not seen the species outside of the fire lane.
Cogon Grass is spreading in the northwest fire lane from off site and a portion of the site outside the fence.

New moth for site, national database

I recently was able to go mothing in between rainy evenings and unfavorable moon phases.

Activity has been pretty slow lately, but I did make a good find.
My light attracted a moth called Monoleuca erectifascia (it doesn't have a common name). It was the 638th confirmed moth species of Polk County and the first confirmed record for North America on the Butterflies and Moths of North America database.