We have lots of grey squirrels in our woods here and even more Chipmunks. But we only have the two red squirrels that I see regularly. And today was the first time I managed to get a photo and that only with my phone as I went to check the veggies. Where this miscreant was making off with a tomato.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018
These three are Autumn Meadowhawks female and male.
The Black-shouldered Spinyleg.
Canadian Darner male.
Fields of sunflowers stretching acre after acre in Arooostock county.
A Pennsylvania Leatherwing.
The White Admiral
And , of course, Puffins off the coast near Milbridge
Saturday, August 4, 2018
I know, it's been quiet at Mainly Banished of late. But I've been busy recently keeping the house up. It's been warm, as seems to have been the case everywhere this summer, unseasonably so. Around 90f is hotter than hell for Maine, especially consistantly, day in day out for a couple of weeks.
I have a bunch of stuff to post from the last few weeks but I thought I'd start with the products of the many warm nights that punctuate the succession of warm days. These have produced a whole long list of moths around the porchlights, either every evening or the leftovers every morning.
Of the bigger specimens this is the Waved Sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa)
Slightly smaller but very striking I think is this Lettered Habrosyne ( Habrosyne scripta) with it's odd 'blank' area at the base of the forewing.
This looked like another Sphinx to me initially but turned out to be a Black Rimmed Prominent (Pheosia rimosa).
Much smaller and not totally identified yet is this member of the Haploa genus. They all have striking chocolate and cream patterning like this but within each species there is a lot of pattern variation and that makes ID difficult. A week after posting BugGuide still haven't got a concrete identification.
Smaller again but very pretty is the White-Ribboned Carpet (Mesoleuca ruficillata)
Another Sphinx species was found resting on the basil on the deck after a long warm evening. This seems to be the Twin-Spotted Sphinx (Smerinthus jamaicensis)
Finally for now here is the day-flying Hummingbird Clearing ( Hemaris thysbe). This particular specimen was very active on the beebalm for a good hour yesterday afternoon
As for the title of today's post, then see below.
As for the title of today's post, then see below.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
All of these were snapped in the garden over the last week or so. Above is a young female Dot Tailed Whiteface, the male of which was photographed at the Botanical Gardens earlier this month.
And this, here in Maine, is the
Virginia Ctenucha moth. Never did see one in Virginia that being the very southern edge of it's range.
And then I'm working on an ID for the skipper. Oddly enough I suspect it's a European Skipper .
Below is a young male 12 Spotted Skimmer. The blue spots on the wings are just starting to colour if you look carefully.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Out to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens this weekend. It's a couple of hours south of us and in what will be a very very busy tourist area come high summer. So off we went while the weather is getting warm and sunny without the hordes. We were there for our first time back in April and the snow had only just finally cleared. And there wasn't a whole lot to be seen. But now the gardens were looking wonderful . Particularly nice was the shade and woodland planting. And the ferns especially looked stunning.
Look at that gorgeous contrast.
Also in the woodland were both Lady Slipper orchids
Also found were two new to me dragonflies around the pond in the children's garden.
Above, with the white face and the dot on the tail is... A Dot-tailed Whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)
And here is the Chalk-fronted Corporal (Ladona Julia). Both new to me and both northern species.
Our Botanical Garden visit was Saturday but on Friday it was the Maine State Aquarium. It's a VERY SMALL aquarium for the state with such a major fishery. But there was a small fishing pier that gave great spots for photographing King Eider ducks.
At least before the fog rolled in for an hour or so.
On our return home I finally managed to catch up with one of the many many Tiger Swallowtail butterflies that are flying everywhere here. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail was the state butterfly back in Virginia but we never had near the numbers we have up here. There are often 4 or 5 in the yard at once.
It turns out that these aren't the Eastern Tiger but the Canadian Tiger (Papilio canadensis). It's a little bit smaller and has a very small pattern difference in hind wing. It also loves Aspens and Birches as a caterpillar food plant which makes it perfect for our woodlands.
Friday, May 25, 2018
We have planted 3 raised beds in our new yard in Maine. The soil here is free draining and sandy, thanks mostly to Maine's glacial geology. But it's also full of rocks both large and small. This makes the digging of even bulb planting holes a major chore. So raised beds and new soil seemed to be the easiest way to make a quick start. I've beds 7x4, 14x4 and for our latest, the 8x8 butterfly garden. The soil arrived 3 weeks ago and we have been planting madly ever since. We got an initial 6 cubic yards that filled all three of those beds and left a little over for potting and planters. $28 per cubic yard and $40 delivery. I have another 2 cubic yards coming Saturday to fill my veggie bed.
That'll be it for a while until we do the shade bed at the edge of the woods, but I need to figure how to edge that one as it'll be irregular.
So here are the 3 largely finished beds, planted 90% with perennials. Or hopefully perennials. My UK readers know that buddliea is tough as old boots, pretty much a weed. It's found on every piece of waste ground in Britain even growing out of walls if it can get a foothold. Here in Maine it usually won't survive more than a couple of winters. Still, two are
planted now and it was one of these that produced the first butterfly picture from the butterfly garden today.
And it's a new one to me too.
This is the Silvery Blue. Found right across the northern USA. I didn't see it in Virginia because there is only an isolated Appalachian population there and I wasn't usually in the mountains in spring.
I know it doesn't look very blue here but in flight, when you can see the upper surfaces, it's very striking. Not that the underwings aren't very attractive too. And like all blues it's very small; about the size of my thumb nail.