11 de noviembre de 2022

Flying insects on the Korean Chrysanthemums in Central Park

By November in NYC, most flying insects have started to disappear as winter begins to approach our city, and it is usually quite hard now to find more than a very few, rather boring flying insects.

However, in the Conservatory Garden within Central Park, entering on 5th Ave at 106th Street, there is the "French Garden". Every year in summer they plant an enormous number of young Korean Chrysanthemum plants, in every possible color and variety.

The Korean Chrysanthemums plants are large by fall, and they come into flower quite late, in October, reaching their peak flowering in early November. The flowers are quite fragrant, and the smell of the nectar broadcasts their presence over a large area, attracting every kind of insect that is interested in nectar or pollen, as well as some predatory insects who are hoping to capture and eat a few of the pollinating insects.

I try to visit the French Garden numerous times during the flowering weeks of the Korean Chrysanthemums, whenever the weather is sunny and warmish. While I am there, I walk around the oval-shaped flower beds, photographing almost every insect I see, although I confess that I ignore most of the zillion Western Honey Bees that visit the flowers.

Because I take so many photographs, I end up with numerous observations of the most common bees and flower flies, but because of my scattershot approach, I also usually end up with photos of a few uncommon or rare critters. For example, this year I photographed a Scatophaga species which I thought might be Scatophaga furcata. If that is the correct ID, that would be a new record for NYC: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141655549

I really enjoy making images of insects on the Korean Chrysanthemums, because the colorful flowers are such a lovely backdrop for the insects, which are also often quite beautiful in themselves. I see honeybees, bumblebees, small bees of other various kinds, flower flies, numerous other kinds of flies, beetles, true bugs, butterflies (e.g. this Monarch: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141651027), moths too, and sometimes one or more dragonflies.

In the French Garden at this wonderful time of year, I also often run into Ken Chaya and/or Mike Freeman, two terrific naturalists and iNatters who both specialize in Syrphids (flower flies).

This whole Korean Chrysanthemum outburst is really a kind of flower and insect festival, and it serves me as a highly colorful and entertaining goodbye to summer/fall each year.

I love it!

Ingresado el 11 de noviembre de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 45 observaciones | 5 comentarios | Deja un comentario

18 de octubre de 2022

Rare seashells from Turner Beach, Captiva, Florida


Sad to say, I am currently not packing for a trip in six weeks time. Because of the recent severe damage in SW Florida that was inflicted by Hurricane Ian, I will not be visiting the Florida Gulf Coast islands of Sanibel and Captiva on the first of December 2022 for three weeks, as has been the case for me each year since 2011.

I will very much miss all the shelling that I usually do, and I will miss giving the rarer shells that I find to Dr. José H. Leal, who is the Science Director and Curator of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel. José is a very nice person and a friend of mine. I have given numerous batches of shells to the museum research collection since 2011, when I first started visiting Sanibel and Captiva.

In order to commemorate how well I usually do with shells, particularly on Turner Beach, which is the beach at the southern tip of the island of Captiva, I decided to make a list of all of the rare shells I have found there.

Some of the shells on this list are certainly not rare everywhere in their range. Some, for example, are common in parts of the Caribbean, and yet they are rare in the shallow water of SW Florida, or at least they only rarely wash up on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Some of the locally rarer species tend to show up after beach replenishment projects, and that is because they are more common in deeper water.

So, this list mainly consists of species that are genuinely only very uncommonly found on the beaches of Lee County. But the list also includes a number of species that are not uncommon in the area. Surprisingly, those species (for example Ervilia concentrica) although quite common on Turner Beach, had been completely overlooked by all of the shellers who had donated local material and local collections to the Shell Museum before I started visiting Captiva and Sanibel in 2011. There is a shell club on Sanibel and many residents and visitors come to Sanibel specifically to collect shells, so when I started out, I did not expect to be able to find any species that no-one else had yet found. And yet now I have found over 30 species that were new to the list for this area.

But I should explain that I do a lot of my most productive searching while moving through promising spots and drift lines on the beach by crawling on my knees and elbows with my nose near the sand. Most people look for shells while they are walking or standing up, although some shellers do sit down and search. A few people take sediment samples home, in order to search for the shells of micromollusks using magnification. However, because most people do not crawl on the beach, the majority of shellers never seem to notice numerous species of shells that are between 8 mm and 2 mm in maximum size.

Also some shellers refuse to show any interest in bivalves that are present only as single valves. Because of that prejudice, they miss a large number of the rarer species of bivalves.

While most of the shells here listed were found on Turner Beach, I have also included the names of a few rare species which I found on one or another beach on Sanibel Island, but those listings are clearly marked as such.



Diodora meta -- three shells, 2014, 2015, 2017
Lucapinella limatula -- a nice fresh shell, 2015

Agathistoma fasciatum -- one juvenile shell, 2015

Cerithium lutosum -- two shells, 2016, 2018

Cochliolepsis adamsii -- one shell

Polinices lacteus -- one shell from West Gulf Drive Beach on Sanibel

Tonna galea -- fragments only

Cassis madagascariensis -- fragments only
Semicassis granulata

Scaphella junonia -- fragments only

Crassispira sanibelensis -- a fine fresh shell from West Gulf Drive beach



Antalis antillarum -- one shell


Barbatia domingensis -- several shells. I was the first person to find this species.
Fugleria tenera -- two shells
Arcopsis adamsi -- a few shells

Atrina seminuda -- no-one understood that this species was present on Sanibel until I explained that, and then Pam Rambo went searching for it.

Euvola raveneli -- Not at all rare! This species was present on the islands and in the collection, but was not recognized as such until I pointed it out. In the early days of the museum, it was thought that only Euvola ziczac was present.

Limaria pellucida -- one valve from Lighthouse Beach

Callucina keenae -- several valves
Lucina pennsylvanica -- three valves from West Gulf Drive Beach
Parvilucina crenella -- a fair number but usually overlooked because of size

Diplodonta nucleiformis -- one valve

Kalolophus speciosus -- one valve

Americardia columbella -- a few valves

Anatina anatina -- a few intact shells, mostly from Lighthouse Beach and West Gulf Drive

Serratina aequistriata -- a few valves

Ervilia concentrica -- very large numbers of valves, a few of them paired
Semelina nuculoides -- first found in 2014

Basterotia elliptica -- two valves
Basterotia quadrata -- several valves

Cyclinella tenuis -- intact empty shells from more than one beach on Sanibel
Lirophora varicosa -- two or three valves, one very fresh


It is possible that I may have omitted one or two species which will need to be added to the list as I go along.

Ingresado el 18 de octubre de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

10 de octubre de 2022

Which insects lived in Yellow Lantana in Encinitas, California?

When my husband and I were staying at Moonlight Beach Motel in Encinitas, I ended up looking quite carefully at the surrounding area because I walked through it almost every day.

There is a house on "A" Street between 3rd and 4th Streets where there is a flower bed along the sidewalk. That is on the north side of "A" street near and at the corner with 4th. That flower bed is almost entirely filled with Yellow Lantana. Here is a list of what I found there:

Yellow Lantana, aka New Gold Lantana, Lantana × hybrida -- cultivated.

Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus -- lots of the little butterflies always seemed to love nectaring on the Lantana flowers.

Ophiomyia a serpentine leafminer -- was on one leaf of the Lantana.

Calycomyza lantanae blotch leafminer -- on many of the Lantana leaves.

Lantana Stick Moth Neogalea sunia -- I found from one up to four of the caterpillars on the Lantana plants at any given time.

On, or in, the flowers:

Stripe-eye Lagoon Fly Eristalinus taeniops -- was in one of the flowerheads.

Comanche Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla comanche. A larva of this species was within one of the flowerheads.

Genus Brachymeria, a Chalcidid wasp, was within one of the flower clusters.

Ingresado el 10 de octubre de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

25 de septiembre de 2022

A great biodiversity of seaweeds thrown up on Cardiff State Beach, California

I am currently in Southern California for 16 days, centered in San Diego County, in Encinitas, at Moonlight Beach.

I like to visit Cardiff State Beach (aka Cardiff Reef) because several years ago that area used to be very good for shells. Back then the majority of the shells were cast up on the southern shore of the channel where the San Elijo Lagoon runs into the Pacific Ocean and the beach immediately south of there. It was the much-loved late iNatter @finatic who discovered how rich the shell diversity was there by checking all of the State Beaches one by one.

More recently a lot of construction was carried out in the estuary and the lagoon, and that disturbed the whole ecosystem quite seriously. However, I think/ I hope the area seems to be very slowly recovering.

I already knew that the shells mostly tended to wash up on the southern shore of the outlet of the San Elijo Lagoon (the northern tip of the area known to surfers as "George's"), but for some reason the great majority of the seaweed that washes up seems to land on the opposite side of the channel (the southern tip of the area known to surfers as "Cardiff Reef").

I had also casually noticed before that there appeared to be a striking degree of biodiversity within the algae and marine plants that wash up there. I imagine a lot of the seaweed lives on Cardiff Reef, a rocky platform which is just offshore.

So anyway, I decided to try to concentrate on making observations of all of the algae, especially those that seemed unfamiliar. In the process I was able to find a lot of species that were new to me, thanks to the generosity and exceptional ID-ing skills of @hfb, Heather Fulton Bennett.

Of course I already knew about the presence there of Giant Kelp and Feather Boa Kelp, as well as Torrey's Surfgrass. I had also observed the Southern Surf Palm, and Stephanocystis dioica, as well as some pretty smaller red species like the Common Coralline the Sea Comb and a species of Callophyllis, as well as a very decorative Ulva species, known as the Sea Spiral, Ulva taeniata.

But as well as those nine common and mostly rather distinctive species, I found an additional seven cool ones that were new-to-me. Note that three of the species do not have a common name.

Oarweed, Laminaria farlowii. Note: this is not the same oar weed species as in Europe. So far there are only 27 observations of this species on iNat.

Devil Weed, Sargassum horneri, an invasive species from Japan and Korea.

Banded Fanweed, Zonaria farlowii. I found several clumps of this species.

Nienburgia andersoniana. So far this species has a total of only 24 iNat observations worldwide.

Dictyopteris undulata. It looks as though this species only occurs from Point Conception south to Ensenada.

Neogastroclonium subarticulatum (maybe).

Also I twice found something in the Order Gracilariales, which I have not found in California before.

So that makes at least six ID-ed species that were new to me. Pretty great. And species 1 and 4 are either rare or only very infrequently observed in general, so that is really great too!

A lot of fun all round!


Ingresado el 25 de septiembre de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

31 de agosto de 2022

An iNat meet-up and outing in Southern California in September 2022

Hello everyone,

I (@susanhewitt) will be staying at the Moonlight Beach Motel in Encinitas, San Diego North County, for 16 nights, from the evening of Monday Sept 12th, to the early afternoon of Wednesday Sept 28th.

I would love to be part of an iNat meetup and nature walk one day during that time span, so some planning is in order. I do know the more obvious parts of the coastal nature of the area fairly well after many visits, and my taxon of special expertise is mollusks -- I know the Southern California marine mollusks very well.

I assume that a Saturday or a Sunday would be best for most people? There is the weekend of the 17/18th, and the weekend of the 24/25th. As for a destination, I was thinking maybe of the San Elijo Lagoon, or maybe the Torrey Pines preserve.

But I would be glad to listen to suggestions from other people. I won't have a car, but I can go somewhere in a taxi or bus.

Vasily Reinkymov suggested I might ask:


And James (silversea_starsong) suggested I ask:

So please, if you get this message, and are interested in any way, let me know.

Happy iNatting!


Ingresado el 31 de agosto de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 51 comentarios | Deja un comentario

23 de julio de 2022

Stink Bug species I have observed


I found a new-to-me species of Stink Bug yesterday, so I decided to write a journal post listing all the Stink Bug taxa which I have observed so far. That includes seven observations from here in NYC, two from California, and three from Nevis, West Indies. A few of them are ID'ed only to the genus level.

The observations are listed here in chronological order, but I have only listed the first observation of each of the species, not any subsequent observations of the same taxon, except where the ID is only to the genus level.

2022, September 26th, Pellaea stictica numerous nymphs and some eggs in Encinitas, CA. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/136634313

2022, July 30, Green Stink Bug (Chinavia hilaris) nymph
In NYC. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/128697747

2022, Green Stink Bug (Chinavia hilaris) adult
In NYC. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/127443434

2020, Dusky Stink Bug (Euschritus tristigmus) adult
In NYC. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/58907451

[Supposedly this is also a Dusky Stink Bug in NYC

2020, Rice Stink Bug (Oebalus pugnax) adult
In NYC. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/56445481

2020, One-spotted Stink Bug (Euschistus variolarius) adult
In NYC. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46879534

2019, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) nymph
In NYC. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31440819

2019, Bagrada Bug (Bagrada hilaris) adult
San Diego, California. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33377340

2018, Red-Shouldered Stink Bug (Thyanta custator) adult
In NYC. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/16081372

2018, Twice-stabbed Stink Bug (Cosmopepla lintneriana) adult
In NYC. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14578429

2018, Red-banded Stink Bug (Piezodorus guildinii) adult
On the island of Nevis, West Indies. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12361310

2018, Brown Stink Bugs (genus Euschistus) adult
On the island of Nevis, West Indies. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11519535

2018, Neotropical Red-Shouldered Stink Bug (Thyanta perditor) adult
On the island of Nevis, West Indies. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11358799

2018, Green Stink Bugs (genus Chinavia) a mating pair of adults
On the island of Nevis, West Indies. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11277494

2017, Southern Green Stink Bug (nymph) (Nezara viridula)
in San Diego, California. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7971932

Fourteen species so far. I hope with a bit of luck to find more soon.

Ingresado el 23 de julio de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 5 observaciones | 5 comentarios | Deja un comentario

30 de junio de 2022

On these iNaturalist project leaderboards

I decided to make a list of the projects (21 of them) in which I am currently on the top of both of the project leaderboards. In this list, the two numbers following the name of the project are the number of observations I have made, and the number of species I have observed, as of today.

Some items on this list will not change as time passes, because the project is now closed, but some are ongoing, and therefore will change.

ABIOME: Wild plants and animals of the Lesser Antilles: 8,719, 717

Biodiversity of Saint Kitts and Nevis, 7,898, 623

Biodiversity of Randall's Island, 17, 970, 1,273

Biodiversity of Carl Schurz Park, 8,338, 771

City Nature Challenge 2019 Manhattan, 1,777, 335

City Nature Challenge, 2020, 2,516, 303

Central Park Observations, 10,486, 777

Eastern Seaboard Mollusks, 4,419, 261

Eastern Shore Seashells, 5,521, 282

Governors Island Wildlife (Traditional), 1224, 425

Gov Island/Fall 2021 NYU BioBlitz!, 1,013, 384

Harlem River, 90th-125th St. + Pier 107. 2,187, 300

Jackson Heights Urban Nature Club Observations. 106,441, 4,129

Moths of New York County. 673, 98

Plant Pathogens of the Eastern United States. 2793, 233


New York City EcoFlora. 83,061, 2,485



Wider Caribbean Shells. 291, 136

Wild Sanibel Island. 8,734, 916
Here is an additional list of projects for which I am on the leaderboards, but not at the top of both of the leaderboards. There are 35 of those projects. Obviously some of the items on this list will change as time passes, although the closed projects will not change.

Amazing Aberrants, I am # 4 in number of observations.

Backyard Bio, I am # 4 in number of observations.

Behold Baccharis, I am #3 in number of observations.

Biodiversity of the Flushing Creek Estuary, I am #3 in numbers of both observations and species.

Airport Ecology, I am # 5 in term of observations

Animal-caused plant diseases of North America. I am # 1 in terms of observations, # 3 in terms of species.

Backyard Bio 2022 I am #3 in terms of observations and #5 in terms of species.

Beetle Biodiversity of New York State. I am #1 in terms of observations, and #4 in term of species.

Butterflies of New York County (Manhattan). I am # 1 in terms of observations, and # 4 in terms of species.

Bus Stop Observations. I am # 4 in terms of observations and species.

Biodiversity of the Flushing Creek Estuary, I am #3 in terms of both observations and species.

Animal-caused plant diseases of North America. I am # 1 in terms of observations, # 3 in terms of species.

Backyard Bio 2022 I am #3 in terms of observations and #5 in terms of species.

Beetle Biodiversity of New York State. I am #1 in terms of observations, and #4 in term of species.

Empire State Native Pollinator Survey, I am #2 in terms of most observations.

Climbing the Walls, I am #2 in terms of observations and #3 I terms of species.

Fungi of NYC - New York Mycological Society, I am #1 in terms of observations and #4 in terms of species.

Global Pollinator Watch. I am #1 in terms of observations.

COVID-19 Quarantine Blitz!. I was #1 in terms of observations.

DANGEROUS DUO. I was #4 in terms of observations.

Empire State Native Pollinator Survey. I was #2 in terms of observations.

Fungi of NYC - New York Mycological Society. I am #1 in terms of observations and #4 in terms of species.

Global Pollinator Watch. I am #1 in terms of observations.

Galls of the Eastern United States. I am #5 in terms of observations.

Leafminers of North America. I am #2 in terms of observations.

Lichens of New York City. I am #1 in terms of observations.

New Year's Day 60-Minute Bioblitz 2022. I was #2 in terms of observations and #3 in terms of species.

Non-Metazoan Plant Diseases of North America. I am #1 in terms of observations and #2 in terms of species.

Personal Bioblitz 2021. I was #2 in terms of observations.

Personal Bioblitz Spring 2017. I was #4 in terms of observations.

REPORT MUGWORT. I was #2 in terms of observations.

Nightshade Biodiversity (Genus Solanum). I am #1 in terms of observations.

Personal Bioblitz 2022. I was #4 in terms of observations.

Personal Bioblitz Spring 2018. I was #3 in terms of observations.

Rockefeller State Park Preserve. I am #3 in terms of observations and #3 in terms of species.

VERIFY VERONICA. I was #3 in terms of observations and #2 in terms of species.

WATCH FOR WHITE SNAKEROOT. I was #5 in terms of observations

So, in total, I am present somewhere on the leaderboards of 56 different iNaturalist Projects.
That is 56 out of the 187 projects I have taken part in over the years. That's 31% of them. Not bad!

Ingresado el 30 de junio de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 30 observaciones | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario

24 de junio de 2022

INDEX to Susan Hewitt's iNaturalist journal posts

I wanted to make my journal posts easier for me to search, in order to be able find the ones I wanted to look at again, so I created this Index. I will try to keep it updated.

May 01, 2015 "Nature in the West Indies" While staying at Green Flash on Jones Bay, Nevis.


Mar 03, 2016 "Why do scientific names change?"

Mar 29, 2016 "Is it Spring yet in New York City?"

May 31, 2016. "A deserted beach on St. Kitts"

Jun 07, 2016 "Connecticut State BioBlitz 2016, mollusks"

Jun 21, 2016 "What makes iNaturalist so great?"

Jun 26, 2916 "A salt-loving plant on the roadside"

Aug 17 2016 "Creatures fallen into the swimming pool"

Oct 07, 2016 "Using iNaturalist in Southern California"

Nov 25, 2016 "Is it wrong to feed wild animals?"

Dec 11, 2016 "Every seashell is a death"


Jun 04, 2017 "Seashells from an island in New York City"

Jun 25, 2017 "Exotic shells in weird places"

Jul 08, 2017 "Non-marine mollusks from Randall's Island, NYC and Wave Hill in the Bronx"

Sep 30, 2017 "Using iNaturalist in Southern California, Part 2"


Jan 12, 2018 "Sanibel Island versus Randall's Island"

Jan 21, 2018 "Seashell list from New Haven, Connecticut"

Feb 01, 2018 "Mystery of the distribution of an estuarine clam species"

Mar 05, 2018 "Updated list of mollusks from Randall's Island"

Apr 17, 2018 "Bad foot forces me to concentrate..."

Apr 18, 2018 "Earthquake today on Nevis"

May 07, 2918 "The Naturalist versus the Weed Whacker, part 1, West Indies"

Sep 19, 2018 "The Naturalist versus the Weed Whacker, part 2, New York"

Nov 12, 2018 "Seaweeds of NYC"


Feb 02, 2019. "More marine mollusks from Saba, Caribbean Netherlands"

Apr 27, 2019 "City Nature Challenge 2019, a nice day"

May 01, 2019 "City Nature Challenge 2019 - the days for identification"

May 09, 2019 "City Nature Challenge 2019 - thanks everyone!"

May 09, 2019 "And now, forward... De Kay's Brownsnake"

Jun 02, 2019. "Plant pests, pathogens and galls, why do we overlook them?"

Jun 26, 2019 "Fungal pathogens on plants in NYC"

Jun 26, 2019 "Leafminer species in NYC"

Jul 10, 2019 "Insect and mite plant pests in NYC"

Jul 11, 2019 "Carl Schurz Park, July is summer, Eastern Cicada-killer Wasp"

Aug 08, 2019 "How to tell a Brown-lipped Snail from a White-lipped Snail"


Jan 01, 2020 "On the iNaturalist global leaderboards for December 2019"

Feb 24, 2020. "Scale insects are amazing"

Mar 20, 2020 "Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em"

Apr 12, 2020. "The Green Man"

Apr 15, 2020 "More of the Green Man"

Apr 26, 2020 "What does a "stay-at-home" order mean?"

May 01, 2020 "Mosses of Manhattan"

May 22, 2020 "Viruses attacking plants, not people"

Jun 30, 2020 "Freshwater habitats, the flora and fauna?"

Jul 08, 2020 "Volunteer plants in Carl Schurz Park"

Oct 01, 2020 "Euphorbia peplus, the Petty Spurge"

Oct 01, 2020 "The genus Phyllanthus"

Oct 16, 2020 "Orchard Beach, NYC, marine life species"

Nov 11, 2020 "Want to learn about the seashells of the Northeastern US?"

Nov 11, 2020 "Plumb Beach Brooklyn, NYC, marine life"

Dec 09, 2020 "Project: Marine Mollusks of the Eastern Seaboard, dead or alive"

Dec 25, 2020 "Senior Hiker magazine, "An Urban Naturalist", an article by Susan Hewitt about using iNat to explore Randall's Island"

Dec 31, 2020 "On iNaturalist's global leaderboards for December 2020"


Jan 08 2021 "Philadelphia Academy, I will give a Zoom talk about iNaturalist and shells"

Mar 17, 2021 "Finding the Magnolia Threetooth land snail, Triodopsis hopetenensis, in NYC"

May 14, 2021 "Sanibel nature is so great, and so varied"

May 14, 2021 "Susan Hewitt gives a Zoom talk to the Marine Biological Association of the UK"

May 20, 2021 "Unknown stem galls on Common Mugwort"

Jun 02, 2021 "How to find small and tiny seashells to increase your life list"

Jul 02, 2021 "Birds that visit my NYC bird feeder"

Jul 03 2021 "Why am I interested in malacology and nature study?"

Aug 01, 2021 "Randall's Island, a nature outing"

Aug 27, 2021 "Summer bucket list in NYC"

Sep 28, 2021 "Governors Island, once military, then coastguard, but now lots of nature!"

Dec 14, 2021 "Rare shells from Turner Beach, Captiva, on the Gulf Coast of Southwestern Florida"

Dec 14, 2021 "On the iNaturalist leaderboards for December, three years running?"

Jan 03, 2022 "Inwood Hill Park on January 2nd, fungi, snails & slugs, moss"

Jan 04, 2022 "Captiva island yields three Elliptical Sportellas , a small shell, but a big story"

Mar 01, 2022 "Interviewed by the New York Times about iNaturalist"

Apr 13, 2022 "Butterflies from the island of Nevis, April 2022"

Apr 17, 2022 "Why don't I make more seashell observations on Nevis, West Indies?"

Apr 21, 2022 "Spiders from Saint Kitts and Nevis, April 2022"

Apr 23, 2022 "Fort Ashby, Nevis, West Indies, an Earth Day Clean-up and Nature Survey"

Apr 24, 2022 "Moths from the island of Nevis, West Indies, April 2022"

May 07, 2022 "Back to NYC for spring and part of City Nature Challenge"

May 20, 2022 "Sutton Place Parks"

May 30, 2022 "Conservatory Garden in Central Park, a renovation"

Jun 19, 2022 "Rockefeller State Park Preserve, near Pleasantville, NY

Jun 24, 2022 "INDEX to Susan Hewitt's iNaturalist journal posts"

Jun 30, 2022. "On these iNaturalist project leaderboards"

July 23, 2022. "Stink Bug species I have found"

Ingresado el 24 de junio de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

19 de junio de 2022

Rockefeller State Park Preserve, near Pleasantville, NY

I live in Manhattan, NYC. Yesterday a good friend of mine (@catverde) drove the two of us up to Rockefeller State Park Preserve, which is in the Hudson Valley near Pleasantville, about an hour's drive north of NYC. In the park during the afternoon, @pbuttercup was running a wildflower walk around Swan Lake, encouraging people to put their observations up on iNat.

I was kind of amazed once I got home again to find out that in about three hours on a Saturday afternoon, I had seen at least 26 lifers -- 26 species that I had never seen before.

That total of new things consisted of 18 vascular plant species, 6 arthropod species, and 2 fungi. And that total may quite likely increase, as people here on iNat check and improve my existing IDs, and also probably put a few IDs on things that don't yet have one.


Out of the lifer arthropods I observed, the insects were:

Cordyligaster septentriodis, a bristle fly
Oulema sp., a handsome beetle
Spongy Oak Apple Gall Wasp
Bumelia Webworm Moth

Arachnid lifers were:

Eastern Harvestman
Aceria nyssae on Black Tupelo

Fungi lifers included:

Conifer mazegill -- growing out of a picnic bench

The vascular plants included:

Fox Grape
Shining Bedstraw
Wild Basil
Panicled Ticktrefoil
Round-headed Bush Clover
Deptford Pink
Bush's Sedge
Pointed Broom Sedge
Whorled Loosestrife
Meadow Buttercup
Meadow Rue
American Lopseed
American Hog Peanut
Wild Sarsaparilla
Sallow Sedge

I added all of my observations to the project "Rockefeller State Park Preserve", here:

And immediately I appeared in third place on their leaderboards for the most observations (155) and the most species observed (102). I seem to have added about 9 species to their iNat list for the preserve, so that's good.

I would love to go back there sometime, and my friend Caterina is interested in going back too. The park has many interesting areas to visit which are different from the areas around Swan Lake, and there are no doubt a lot more new-to-me species to be found in all those areas.

Ingresado el 19 de junio de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 42 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

30 de mayo de 2022

Conservatory Garden in Central Park, a renovation

I tried to visit the Conservatory Garden today, and I was really dismayed to see that the English Garden (the southern one, which is normally full of flowers by now) is completely fenced off, and currently the French Garden has nothing at all planted in its large beds, whereas normally they would already have planted the young Korean Chrysanthemums, plus all the decorative flowering items which usually line either side of the four entranceways.

In the English Garden they have ripped out everything underfoot -- all of the paths and steps -- and will completely re-do those. Personally I thought they had been fine, and did not need to be replaced.

I asked, and the optimistic guess is that they will be finished sometime during this fall. But I suspect the work may not be completed until the spring of 2023.

In the meantime I will have no access to see all the butterflies and flower flies and so many other great flying and non-flying insects that I am used to seeing in the English Garden in summer, and I will have nowhere to go to see all of the fabulous flying insects in search of nectar and pollen in October and November, when they all usually flock to the flowers of the late-blossoming Korean Chrysanthemums in the French Garden. I will also probably miss seeing the several uncommon and interesting weed species that seem to show up each year in the French Garden.

I know that @steven-cyclist and @zitserm will find this all to be bad news. @karenholmberg will also be disappointed that I can't soon show her what I can normally find there.

Currently you can still walk the path that loops around the outside of all three gardens, but I suppose they may close that too at some point.

Ingresado el 30 de mayo de 2022 por susanhewitt susanhewitt | 6 comentarios | Deja un comentario