Posts Tagged 'Green-Wood'

Oaken Sights

Yesterday’s log was at the base of a big old oak.
The near-horizontal limbs were host to mosses and algae, which in turn host tiny invertebrates. This hole, too, looks like it has potential.
Higher up, still another hole has become an airborne garden.
Nearby, amidst the roots, a woodchuck den.

Acorn Drillers

As is my wont, I pocketed a red oak acorn recently. Almost a week later I noticed this: a little wormy something was cutting it’s way out! Note the frass pile.

Perhaps a Curculio nut and acorn weevil. More here.

Not pictured, but this also happened with a shingle oak acorn, which has a much smaller nut than the red. The exit hole hole was correspondingly smaller, so perhaps the work of another species.

Two Epic Mushrooms

Dyer’s Polypore, as its name suggests, has been used for dyes. Phaeolus schweinitzii is also known as velvet-top fungus.
It is, indeed, rather velvety on top.
This parasitic fungus is associated with conifers.
Berkeley’s Polypore, Bondarzewia berkeleyi on 9/14, with my size 9 boot (8 in Australia) for scale.
It was a whole continent of fruiting body. Here on 9/28
And here on 10/12, showing, as we all do eventually, the wear and tear.

Speaking of the w & t: something like half the history of this blog has been scouted while wearing the boot(s) referenced above. This weekend I noticed an actual hole in the sole. What a workout! Salute, boots!

Raptor Wednesday

Merlins above Green-Wood.
Two sightings on one day well separated in space: one or two birds?
The lush meadow rising above the chapel has attracted sparrows and warblers, which means the bird-hunting falcons, too. Bother Merlins and American Kestrels having been perching on this scaffolding and on surrounding trees. Not at the same time: they will chase each off.
(Twice now from our apartment this month I’ve seen these two falcon species chasing each other as well.)

Bald-Faced Washing

Bald-faced Hornet licking the stonework. Getting salts and minerals?
Also, licking forelegs to groom antennae. Like a cat!
The grooming wasp was spotted Saturday in the sun. This nest was seen Sunday, with at least one wasp hanging around still.


The first Winter Wren I’ve seen since the spring. The unmistakable sawed-off silhouette.


One of two similar ichneumon wasps I saw yesterday around the trunks of very large trees. I’ve never seen this species before. This is what keeps me looking.
I think she’s a Cryptus. Note the long, harpoon-like ovipositor. She is looking for moth larvae to jab her eggs into. She kept moving, but hardly flew. Wings constantly flicking. I took dozens of pictures to get these passable ones.
There are a lot of ichneumon wasp species out there. This one was easy to narrow down to genus because of that orange abdomen.
Cryptus albitarsis, White-footed Cryptus Wasp, perhaps. That’s the most common species. The “feet” do look pretty pale in some of these images.

Last licks in before the cold…


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