Japanese Beetle – 7/4/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/4/11 Observation Time: 4:05 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: Japanese Beetle Scientific Name: Popillia japonica Comments: Japanese beetles are not very destructive in their native Japan, where they are naturally controlled by indigenous predators, but in North America it is a noted pest of about 200 species of plants including rose bushes, grapes, hops, canna, crape myrtles, birch trees, linden […]

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Common Pondhawk dragonfly – 6/25/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/25/11 Observation Time: 2:45 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam Common Name: Common Pondhawk dragonfly Scientific Name: Erythemis simplicicollis Comments: Female (males are blue) More Information: Insects of West Virginia

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American Lady Butterfly – 6/24/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/24/11 Observation Time: 2:15 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: American Lady Butterfly Scientific Name: Vanessa virginiensis Comments: American Lady butterflies have two distinctive eyespots on the brown underside of the lower wings. The upper sides of the wings are orange and black. More Information: See: http://bugguide.net/node/view/236368  

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Dusted Skipper Butterfly – 6/9/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/9/11 Observation Time: 3:40 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: Dusted Skipper Butterfly Scientific Name: Atrytonopsis hianna More Information: BugGuide

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Red-Spotted Purple butterfly – 6/5/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/5/11 Observation Time: 4:50 p.m. Observation Location: Kendall estate, Moose Hill Street Common Name: Red-spotted Purple butterfly Scientific Name: Limenitis arthemis astyanax Comments: The red-spotted purple butterfly is the same species as the white admiral butterfly. It is a North American species in the cosmopolitan genus Limenitis. It has been studied for its evolution of mimicry, and for the several […]

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Slaty Skimmer dragonfly – 6/2/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/2/11 Observation Time: 2:50 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: Slaty Skimmer dragonfly Scientific Name: Libellula incesta Comments: The first photo is a female. The second is a male. Watch this video of the slaty skimmer dragonfly as it oviposits at Gavins Pond. More Photos: Odonata.bogfoot.net

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Common Baskettail dragonfly – 6/2/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/2/11 Observation Time: 2:10 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam Common Name: Common Baskettail dragonfly Scientific Name: Epitheca cynosura Comments: This is the most common baskettail within its range (eastern North America), hence the name. More Information: Wikipedia

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Common Ringlet butterfly – 6/2/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/2/11 Observation Time: 1:30 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road near soccer field parking lot Common Name: Common Ringlet butterfly Scientific Name: Coenonympha tullia Comments:  Ringlets can be found in a variety of grassy habitats, including roadsides, woodland edges and clearings, prairies, bogs, and arctic and alpine taiga and tundra. It is a poor flyer, but can sometimes be found along […]

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Red Admiral butterfly – 5/7/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/7/11 Observation Time: 11:40 a.m. Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road Common Name: Red Admiral butterfly Scientific Name: Vanessa atalanta Comments: Red Admirals prefer sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, and bird droppings; visiting flowers only when these are not available. Then they will nectar at common milkweed, red clover, aster, and alfalfa, among others. More Information: Butterflies and Moths of […]

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Common Pondhawk dragonfly (female) – 8/11/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 8/11/10 Observation Time: 8:35 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road (bridge near soccer fields) Common Name: Common Pondhawk dragonfly (female) Scientific Name: Erythemis simplicicollis Comments: Pondhawk dragonflies are voracious hunters, but they are completely harmless to humans. Females are green. Males are blue. Females oviposit in flight, hovering low over the water and repeatedly dipping their abdomens into the water […]

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Ruby Meadowhawk dragonfly – 7/26/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/26/10 Observation Time: 6:45 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road Common Name: Ruby Meadowhawk dragonfly Scientific Name: Sympetrum rubicundulum More Information: Wikipedia

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Eastern Amberwing dragonfly (male) – 7/17/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/17/10 Observation Time: 9:40 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road Common Name: Eastern Amberwing dragonfly (male) Scientific Name: Perithemis tenera Comments: The wings of the male are entirely amber, whereas the wings of the female are clear with amber blotches. More Information: Odonata Central

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Common Pondhawk dragonfly (young male) – 7/9/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/9/10 Observation Time: 4:50 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: Common Pondhawk dragonfly (young male) Scientific Name: Erythemis simplicicollis Comments: Males are blue. Females are bright green. Voracious hunter near vegetated ponds and slow streams, but they are completely harmless to humans. More Information: North American Insects and Spiders

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Bumblebee – 6/29/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/29/10 Observation Time: 7:50 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road area Common Name: Bumble Bee Scientific Name: Bombus sp. Comments: Bumblebees are important pollinators. There are many species of bumblebees. More information: Bumblebees of the Eastern United States

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Pearl Crescent butterfly – 5/30/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/30/10 Observation Time: 4:00 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Pearl Crescent butterfly Scientific Name: Phyciodes tharos Comments: The pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos) is a butterfly of North America. It is found in all parts of the United States except the west coast, and throughout Mexico and parts of southern Canada, in particular Ontario. Its habitat […]

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Tiger Swallowtail butterfly – 5/30/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/30/10 Observation Time: 3:50 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Tiger Swallowtail butterfly Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus Comments: Females are dimorphic. The yellow morph differs from the male in having a blue postmedian area on the dorsal hindwing. In the dark morph, the areas that are normally yellow are replaced with dark gray or black. More […]

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White Corporal dragonfly – 5/29/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/29/10 Observation Time: 3:15 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: White Corporal dragonfly Scientific Name: Libellula (Ladona) exusta Comments: Small, most commonly perches on the ground. Adult males have a white abdomen. More Information: New Jersey Odes

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Monarch Butterfly – 5/26/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/26/10 Observation Time: 5:10 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Common Name: Monarch Butterfly Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus Comments: In fall, eastern monarchs migrate thousands of miles from Canada to Mexico and parts of Arizona and Florida. In spring, the overwintered population migrates part of the way back. Then a second, third and fourth generation continues the migration to back to Canada. The number […]

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Viceroy Butterfly – 5/21/10

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/21/10 Observation Time: 8:20 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road Common Name: Viceroy Butterfly Scientific Name: Limenitis archippus Comments: Smaller than a monarch, with a characteristic black line across the hind wings. More Information: NatureWorks

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Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly – 8/14/09

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 8/14/09 Observation Time: 11:20 a.m. Observation Location: Beaver Brook near tennis courts Common Name: Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly Scientific Name: Calopteryx maculata Comments: Common along shallow forested streams. Adults perch on vegetation within a few feet of the water. Males are territorial and perform fluttering courtship displays. Females, which are bronze-colored with a distinctive white dot at the tops of their […]

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Praying Mantis – 10/8/08

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 10/8/08 Observation Time: 11:20 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road backyard Common Name: Praying Mantis Scientific Name: Mantis religiosa Comments: Check out this enormous praying mantis I found in my raspberry patch today. It’s about 5 inches long. I wonder if it descended from the praying mantis egg cases we mail-ordered a few years ago to help control insect pests […]

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