Posts Tagged 'Brooklyn Bridge Park'

Milkweed Launch


Webworm Parent

Atteva aureaThe Ailanthus Webworm Moth (Atteva aurea) is distinctive. For one thing, it was working in daylight and most moths are nocturnal. Also, with its small wings tightly rolled, it doesn’t look like your typical moth; it’s one of the ermine moths. Its nominal host plant, Ailanthus (The Tree that Grows on Roofs), is originally from Asia, but this species is native to southern Florida and the Caribbean. There it originally fed (in its caterpillar stage) on Paradise Trees (Simarouba glauca). Somewhere along the way, it jumped to Ailanthus and spread north.


unknownlarvaSpotted on the t-shirt of one of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s gardeners. Clearly, a bug who knows its friends.

Speaking of friends, I will be doing a Bugs and Blooms tour tonight at 6:30 at Pier 1 BBP.

Lace Bugs

Corythuca arcuataI noticed these tiny, delicate-looking bugs underneath the leaves of a couple of oaks in Brooklyn Bridge Park. They’re new to me, members of the Tingidae family, the lace bugs. Kudos to the Horticulturist for the ID. lacebug2They feed on the leaves, producing the splotching seen here. Location and the look of them suggest they are Corythuca arcuata, the Oak Lace Bug. Damage is mostly aesthetic: this Rutgers Cooperative Extension page details other sign (eggs, excreta, earlier life stages) all of which were amply visible on these trees.

Five intensive years of doing this blog, and there is still so much to discover!


Anas platyrhynchosTwo families of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were spotted at Brooklyn Bridge Park the other day. Here’s an attentive mommy and one of her half a dozen cautious-reckless youngsters.Anas platyrhynchos


While I was away, the milkweeds of Brooklyn all came out. Some of them in Brooklyn Bridge Park are nearly as tall as I am. But here is my favorite, Butterfly Weed, which usually stays pretty close to the ground: Asclepias tuberosaAsclepias tuberosa.

New Robins

Turdus migratoriusOut of the nest, still being fed by the parents. Turdus migratoriusFledged, but less a flier than a hopper and a climber at the moment. People often think birds need help at this stage — can’t fly, looks helpless, no sign of the parents — but they usually don’t. The parents are near, but keeping away from us. Turdus migratoriusA few days later, another in another park. Younger, fluffier. (All approaches here via telephoto lens.)

NYC WildFlower Week

Stylophorum diphyllumWoodland Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), a.k.a. Celandine Poppy. Last day of NYCWFW, with three events.

NYC Wildflower Week: Golden Alexanders

Zizia aureaZizia aurea. Check out the “faunal associations,” the animals that pollinate, eat, breed on, etc., listed on this species account: bees, wasps, butterflies, true bugs…. Blooming now. NYCWFW.

NYC Wildflower Week: Spiderwort

TradescantiaTradescantia, whose common name is another of those not-quite lost to history ones: the sap on a cut stem becomes thready, like spider silk. There are two species which readily hybridize. We think this is T. ohiensis. Blooming now and into July. NYCWFW.


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