Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Old Growth Forest

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Glendyre is a small, Scottish gaelic community 
that hosts a very large and almost
obsolete phenomenom - one of the last remaining 
and possibly the best example of an old growth forest.

With white birch and sugar maple trees 
measuring over 10 feet around!!

I was in a total state of bliss.

An off-trail hike of only 1.1 km seemed like 10!

The banks of the brook we crossed were steep
and laden with downed trees covered with moss
and hidden from view by mammoth ferns.

There were treasures everywhere!

Wood Frog
(Rana sylvatica)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker holes.

Artist's Conk
(Ganoderma applanatum)

This is only a small sampling!

Rest assured, this parcel of land is being strongly considered
an effort by the Nova Scotia government
to secure the natural wonders
of the province.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fuzzy Visitor

Fingered Dagger Moth Caterpillar
(Acronicta dactylina)

(5th instar larva)

I found this little guy walking through my rock garden.
Listed as uncommon but widely spread,
the Dagger Finger Moth,
as pictured below,

(Janice Stiefel/bugguide.com)
is found in deciduous and mixed wood forests 
in all of the U.S. and S. Canada.

Larva feed on willow, alder, birch, poplar and hawthorn,
overwintering as a pupa in leaves or debris.
Larvae are present from July to October.