Underwing, Pheasant Run, Beetle Devastation

7/27/2012
Two to three days of rain, on and off. Yesterday evening the biggest deluge I’ve seen. We walked out of the movie theater into a fog of steamy Ohio air rising off the hot pavement, and realized we weren’t on the West Coast anymore, and nearly cried.

Spotted a Graceful Underwing in my front yard (Catocala gracilis) apparently a species of concern in Ohio. An Eastern Bluebird near my parents’ house in Bath. And have been noticing more and more mourning doves on power lines. The bat population seems thinner than I remember. Still spotting a few lightning bugs around after 9pm.

Pheasant Run, Sunset

7/28/12
Went to Pheasant Run at Silver Creek in Summit Metro Parks around 8pm. Queen Anne’s lace – wild carrot – an invasive weed from Europe, runs wild around the outskirts of the woods. Tulip trees, a native species, are abundant along the trail, but they seem to be losing a lot of leaves. Wondering if it’s drought related. The tops of the trees, and the leaves of the surrounding woody hedges are being shredded by some kind of small brown beetles. Pin Oaks, beech trees, elder berry and others form a woods at the end of a scrubby trail area – banked with tiny drought-pinched little blackberry bushes. A few mosquitoes, but less than I ever remember growing up as a kid. City-wide spraying at dusk taking its toll. Coyote scat on the trail – black and full of fur.

Confirmed:

Graceful Underwing Catocala gracilis
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Tulip Tree Liriodendron tulipifera

Wild Carrot

Tulip Tree dropping leaves

Beetle Chews

Coyote Scat

Picking Blackberries

A boy in the woods

Twig and Leaf

Wild roses?

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Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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