#482 Common Bagworm Moth (Psyche casta)

30 June

A tiny nocturnal moth from the family Psychidae, the bagworm moths. The wingspan of the males ranges from 12 to 15 millimeters.They have hairy, brown-metallic shiny wings. The grub like females have legs but do not have wings and are yellowish or light brown, except for some dark brown back plates.They remain in the case. The host plants are from the groups: Poaceae, birch, willow, poplar and Vaccinium. The caterpillars make a protective hull from grass. The flight time ranges from May to July.

Originally from the Old World. It has been introduced in North America

#481 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – (Polioptila caerulea)

29 June

Breeding habitat includes open deciduous woods and shrublands in southern Ontario, the eastern and southwestern United States, and Mexico. Though gnatcatcher species are common and increasing in number while expanding to the northeast, it is the only one to breed in Eastern North America. They migrate to the southern United States, Mexico, northern Central America.

They forage actively in trees or shrubs, mainly eating insects, insect eggs and spiders. They may hover over foliage while snatching prey (gleaning), or fly to catch insects in flight (hawking). The tail is often held upright while defending territory or searching for food.
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#480 Two-spotted Grass Bug (Stenotus binotatus)

28 June

A species of plant bug, originally from Europe, but now also established across North America and New Zealand. It is 6–7 mm (0.24–0.28 in) long, yellowish, with darker markings on the pronotum and forewings. It feeds on various grasses, and can be a pest of crops such as wheat. native to most of the Palearctic but has been introduced to temperate regions around the world. It is common “throughout the northern and central U.S. and southern Canada.

#479 Narcissus Fly. (Merodon equestris)

27 June

A Holarctic species of hoverfly (Family Syrphidae). Like many other hoverflies it displays a colouration pattern similar to a stinging insect (a bumblebee in this case) as an evolutionary defense mechanism. Other syrphid bee mimics are Mallota, Arctophila, Criorhina, Pocota and Brachypalpus. Merodon species are distinguished from these by the very strong hind femora, which bear a large triangular projection on the underside near the tip. It flies in low vegetation while the other bumblebee mimics prefer higher vegetation layers.

#478 Curved-lined Agonopterix Moth (Agonopterix curvilineella)

26 June

A moth in the family Depressariidae. It was first described by in 1889. The wingspan is about 18 mm. The forewings are gray, clouded with grayish-ochreous scales, especially at the base beyond the pale basal field which extends to the costal third. There is a curved black streak on the disc before the middle, followed by a small white spot edged with black. The costa is sprinkled with fuscous scales. The hindwings are gray fuscous. Adults are on wing from March to December.

The habitats are poorly undocumented, but most of our records are associated with forested sites.

The host plants are unknown.

#477 Ichneumon wasp (Therion sp.)

25 June

Therion is a genus of ichneumon wasps in the family Ichneumonidae. There are at least 20 described species. These are related to bees and wasps – Hymenoptera.

ID is imprecise but “possibly” Therion circumflexum. The adult parasitoid wasps of this species fly from mid-June to September. They parasitize various butterfly species. These butterflies include the small engrailed (Ectropis crepuscularia), the privet hawk moth (Sphinx ligustri), the pine hawk-moth (Sphinx pinastri), and a number of moths (Noctuidae). The female wasp lays its eggs in the caterpillars. The hatched larvae feed on the caterpillar and pupates later in a thin web.

#476 Little-leaf Linden (Tilia cordata)

24 June

Not native, but well naturalized. species of tree in the family Malvaceae, native to much of Europe. Other common names include little-leaf or littleleaf linden, small-leaved linden, or traditionally in South East England, pry or pry tree. Its range extends from Britain through mainland Europe to the Caucasus and western Asia. In the south of its range it is restricted to high elevations.

Widely cultivated in North America as a substitute for the native Tilia americana (American linden or basswood) which has a larger leaf, coarser in texture;

#475 Bee-mimic Beetle (Trichiotinus assimilis)

23 June

Trichiotinus assimilis, known generally as the hairy flower scarab or flower chafer, is a species of scarab beetle in the family Scarabaeidae.

This is a stout-bodied, oval, ¼″ to ½″ long, flower chafer beetle. The body is more or less flattened above. The upper plate covering the thorax (pronotum) is brown to black and densely covered with long, tan hairs. The hardened outer wings (elytra) are black with brown and pale markings. Two brown or whitish longitudinal stripes near the inner margin of each elytra join in an irregular brown patch near the forward margin. Two pale brown or whitish horizontal stripes extend from the outermost longitudinal stripe to the outer margin of each elytra. The horizontal stripes are unusual and help to identify this as belonging to the tribe Trichiini. The abdomen is densely covered with long hairs that poke out from under the elytra.

Each antenna has 3 or 4 long projections on one side that can be brought together and closed tightly.

The first segment of the front leg (coxa) is conical. The pair of claws at the end of each hind foot (tarsus) is simple, not doubled or toothed, and are of equal length.

#474 Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca)

22 June

A species of vetch native to Europe and Asia. It occurs on other continents as an introduced species, including North America, where it is a common weed. It often occurs in disturbed habitats, including old fields and roadside ditches.

The flowers are mostly visited by bumblebees

#473 Black-throated Green Warbler – (Setophaga virens)

21 June

The breeding habitat of the black-throated green warbler is coniferous and mixed forests in eastern North America and western Canada and cypress swamps on the southern Atlantic coast. These birds’ nests are open cups, which are usually situated close to the trunk of a tree.

These birds migrate to Mexico, Central America, the West Indies and southern Florida. forage actively in vegetation, and they sometimes hover (gleaning), or catch insects in flight (hawking). Insects are the main constituents of these birds’ diets, although berries will occasionally be consumed.

The song of this bird is a buzzed zee-zee-zee-zooo-zeet or zoo-zee-zoo-zoo-zeet. The call is a sharp tsip.

This bird is vulnerable to nest parasitism by the brown-headed cowbird.
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