Friday, August 15, 2008

New York Finger Lakes Invertebrates

In my class this week, we spent a lot of time looking at recently restored and created wetlands. In areas where a lot of habitat has been lost, it is really amazing how quickly the native plants and wildlife find their way to new wetlands and meadows that are created for their use. Here are a few. Above - a Streak-Winged Red Skimmer. I had never seen one before.

It was almost too easy to find out that this critter is the "Red Legged Grasshopper. I usually don't have that type of luck when ID'ing invertebrates!


This species is the "Halloween Pennant." Seriously. He's pretty common throughout the east coast.


Had a hard time identifying this guy who was hanging out on a wool sedge. My best guess is that it's some type of meadowhawk. More critters and plants later!

7 comments:

tugboatdude said...

New York New York!Yeah Albany is nice but the people belong on an island.Maybe Manhattan haha

Swamp Thing said...

How did we both end up in NY in the same week?

tugboatdude said...

Work!That's how.you know it would only end up that we would be in the same state and the same time if it involves work.

Terry Scoville said...

Great site and I would love to visit the Chesapeake Bay area some day. Especially take in the rich waterfowl history of the market hunters and sink boxes. Not that it was ethical or sustainable. Anyhow, I added you to my blogroll. Stop by for a visit sometime.

The Rabid Outdoorsman said...

Nice pics . . . especially grass hopper.

Camera type and set-up?

Swamp Thing said...

Canon digital 12x. Using maximum zoom from about 5' away. I can't find the real macro function yet so that's the best I seem to be able to do!

Swamp Thing said...

Terry - ethical and sustainable didn't come into the picture around here until the Feds first assigned a game warden in Maryland around 1965. Up to that point, it was a landscape full of outlaws.