Seen This Week

Germander in bloom, Duck Hollow, 4 July 2024 (photo by Kate St. John)

6 July 2024

Flowers, insects and birds were active this week though the end of the week was so humid that it felt like the tropics. Here’s a trail of photos from Duck Hollow, Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Schenley Park and my own neighborhood.

Don’t forget to check out the two photos at the end: A mystery match-the-leaves moth or butterfly and some amazing bird behavior.

Deptford pink, Duck Hollow, 4 July 2024 (photo by Kate St. John)
Chickory in bloom, Aspinwall Riverfront Park, 2 July 2024 (photo by Kate St. John)

With false sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides) at their peak in Schenley Park, the red aphids are out in full force.

Aphids on false sunflower, Schenley Park, 5 July 2024 (photo by Kate St. John)

Wineberry is already forming fruits.

Wineberry, fruit forming, Schenley Park, 5 July 2024 (photo by Kate St. John)

I found a moth or butterfly that I could not identify at Duck Hollow. It was impossible to get close for a photo so this is the best I could do. Perched on Japanese knotweed. Can you tell me what it is?

What species is this insect? Duck Hollow, 4 July 2024 (photo by Kate St. John)

And here’s some bird behavior I’ve never seen before: Two red-tailed hawks are perched on the hoist rope of this enormous crane on O’Hara Street near Thackeray on 29 June. This crane spends five days a week moving back and forth. I’m amazed that they decided to test it on a Saturday. Can you see them? If not, click here for a marked-up photo.

p.s. The dewpoint was 70°F yesterday. This link explains why that feels so hot.

p.p.s. See Karen’s comment below in which she identifies it as a Bad-wing moth (Dyspteris abortivaria). So my next question is, Why is it called a bad wing? –> And see J’s comment with the answer!

4 thoughts on “Seen This Week

  1. Kate according to a app I have on my phone it is a Bad-wing. It is in the Genus Dyspteris, Family Geometridae-Geometer moths, Loopers, Inchworms, Spanworms, Order Lenidoptera-Moths and Butterflies, Class Insecta-Bugs, Grubs, Insects, and Phylum Athropoda-Arthropods

  2. Per the wikipedia article for ‘Dyspteris’ (scientific name): “It is called “bad-wing” because its forewing is much larger than its hindwing, making it often difficult to pull into position for spreading”

  3. How very interesting!! Those aphids are really in abundance, aren’t they? I did spot the hawks too. Thanks again for a most interesting article. Have a wonderful weekend.

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