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More About that Cool Moth

One of the stars of Moth Night at The Nature Conservancy's Kay Center on Saturday night was a beautiful Beautiful Wood-nymph Moth -- a tint creature with amazing tufted forelegs, a face out of "Alien" and generally cool features all around.

I thought I'd post a few more pix, and a link, here.

TNC's Moth Night was part of National Moth Week. The next event in North Jersey is in the Meadowlands on Thursday night.

More information is here.


Another High Mountain Area Arrowhead

My recent post about finding an arrowhead on High Mountain prompted this response from Greg Birrer:

When I was about 8 yrs old, my mother took us swimming in Franklin Lake at the Indian Trail Club.

I remember sitting in about 10 inches of water digging into the sand on the bottom looking for the little greenish spiral snails that were prevalent there.

On one occasion, I pulled up my hand, let the water wash away the dirt in my hand and I was holding an arrowhead (above)!

It is the same color as yours, but mine has the notches to tie it to the shaft.

I knew what it was right away and was elated to find it. I remember my mother's friend trying to tell me it couldn't be what I said it was!

Anyway, I still have it and, yes, I think it is of authentic Lenni Lenape origin.

According to the late  Franklin historian Jim Longo, several Lenape wintered in High Mountain's Franklin Clove, got their water from Buttermilk Falls and ice-fished in Franklin Lake.  Old map is below. The line in the map is the border of Passaic and Bergen counties.

Franklin Clove is just below the bottom of the map. (Thanks, Greg!)


Monday Mystery 072417: Trail Cam Pix

Since early May, I have had a motion-sensitive trail cam next to Stiles Thomas bird drip.

I have deleted thousands of images and kept a few, including a little surprise or two.

We can I.D. most of them. How about you?  I'll post at least two a week so as no prolong the agony.

(I would have gotten a high-def trail cam but they cost three times as much.)


TNC Moth Night @ the Kay Center

Can't say that the weather cooperated, but folks had a thoroughly enjoyable Moth Night with The Nature Conservancy at the Kay Center in Chester last night.

Because of a light but unpredictable rain, we moved the old Mothra movie, the S'Mores and the popcorn inside, and then set up the Mercury vapor light and a sheet under an overhang outside. IMG_4184

We did not expect much moth activity.  All I can is, Boy, were we surprised.

Not only did we have at least one outrageously strange little moth we think is a Beautiful Wood-nymph, but we also had two very cool hawk moths (think: tiny Stealth Bombers), a tussock moth caterpillar and a huge American toad. Not bad for a drizzly night.

The goal of the evening was to remind folks just how nifty nature can be at night if we pay attention.

May post more pix if they become available.

Moth Night, by the way, is part of the eighth annual National Moth Week, a terrific worldwide event. You can learn more here.

Just wanted to thank Lisa Shippy-Woods and The Nature Conservancy for putting together and hosting this very cool and educational event -- awesome job. 

A "thank you," too, to everyone who participated despite the uncertain (at best) weather. 

(Also wanted to give a tip o' the  cap to moth'ers Garry Annibal and Lee Gaitskill for their I.D. help.)
IMG_4212Hawk Moth  (likely Virginia Creeper Hawk Moth)                     

IMG_4170Beautiful Wood-nymph Moth, featuring fuzzy tufts on its forelegs. "Beautiful" is an actual part of its name.

IMG_4161Tussock Moth Caterpillar

IMG_4216Horned Spanworm Moth