Visiting Governor's Island after the cold front came through

Ed and David Ringer and I decided to visit Governor's Island this Sunday, July 30th, the first cool day after an extended span of very hot weather.

We planned to catch the 11 am ferry. David found us already sitting inside the ferryboat as he had been running a bit late thanks to erratic subway timing on the weekends.

Once on the island, we walked up towards Fort Jay, looking at the wildflower plantings, and then climbed up onto the glacis -- the grassy slopes surrounding the Fort. This is where I have often found day-flying moths during some of my previous visits. We flushed out a few cool moths and then decided to descend the stone steps into the moat, where I could see that, in one section of the moat, the groundskeepers had left a fairly wide central strip of weeds unmown.

In the moat we found some campion leafminers, a number of different new-to-us good species of moths, as well as a couple of large black/blue wasps and a 3-lined beetle.

After climbing out of the moat we walked over to Castle Williams, where we ate lunch at a picnic table. David and I looked, but we could find no large clumps of Big-Bract Vervain, or any Slender Snake Cotton just south of the Castle, where I had found those unusual species of plants a few years ago.

We then walked over to Blazing Saddles. We had to rent a large surrey, as they were out of small ones. We peddled over to the Harbor School garden, where we found a lot of beautiful Harlequin Stink Bugs living on some sort of Kale. The cherry tomatoes were not being harvested there even though they were superbly sweet and delicious. I also found a climbing milkweed.

Then we peddled across the island and south to the Lavender Field. There were no butterflies, but there were a huge number of mixed dragonflies hunting over the strip of grass by the big ancient wall at the back.

Then we went to the Urban Farm. Ed stayed sitting in the surrey while David and I walked around the farm. We found galls, and some nice flying insects too, but no butterflies.

After that we peddled back to Blazing Saddles to return the surrey, and then walked over to the ferry terminal.

One of the ferries was out of service, so we had to wait for the other one.

Governors Island was the busiest I have ever seen it.

Posted on August 01, 2023 01:57 PM by susanhewitt susanhewitt

Observations

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July 30, 2023 11:15 AM EDT

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Orchard Orbweaver (Leucauge venusta)

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July 30, 2023 11:19 AM EDT

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Purslane Sawfly (Schizocerella pilicornis)

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July 30, 2023 11:33 AM EDT

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Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)

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July 30, 2023 11:43 AM EDT

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Cottony Camellia Scale (Pulvinaria floccifera)

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July 30, 2023 11:45 AM EDT

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On the underside of a Yew leaf.

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Pennsylvania Cudweed (Gamochaeta pensylvanica)

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July 30, 2023 11:46 AM EDT

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Pennsylvania Cudweed (Gamochaeta pensylvanica)

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July 30, 2023 11:46 AM EDT

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Pennsylvania Cudweed (Gamochaeta pensylvanica)

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July 30, 2023 11:48 AM EDT

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Lucerne Moth (Nomophila nearctica)

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July 30, 2023 11:56 AM EDT

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Garden Webworm Moth (Achyra rantalis)

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July 30, 2023 12:17 PM EDT

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Crambid Snout Moths (Family Crambidae)

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July 30, 2023 12:24 PM EDT

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Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

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July 30, 2023 02:24 PM EDT

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July 30, 2023 02:25 PM EDT

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Smooth Pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus)

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July 30, 2023 02:27 PM EDT

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July 30, 2023 02:27 PM EDT

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On Amaranthus ?hybridus.

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Eastern Black Carpenter Ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)

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July 30, 2023 02:31 PM EDT

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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July 30, 2023 03:19 PM EDT

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Eurasian Drone Fly (Eristalis arbustorum)

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July 30, 2023 03:20 PM EDT

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No photos or sounds

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American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

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July 30, 2023 03:23 PM EDT

Description

Was perched on a fence in the urban Farm for a few seconds.

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July 30, 2023 03:27 PM EDT

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Smoky Poplar Aphid (Chaitophorus populicola)

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July 30, 2023 03:27 PM EDT

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Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

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July 30, 2023 03:34 PM EDT

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Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

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July 30, 2023 03:35 PM EDT

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July 30, 2023 11:50 AM EDT

Description

I saw this moth and tried to photograph it but it flew away right before I got a shot of it. David Ringer got a good shot of it though:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/175924800

Comments

It sounds as though you had a very pleasant outing. Thanks very much for taking the time to share your finds.

All the best,
TJ
"I love New York, it's the Yankees I hate..."

Posted by tcullinane 9 months ago

I am glad you enjoyed the post!

Posted by susanhewitt 8 months ago

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