09.20.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

This time both in one post.

This Dogwood Sawfly larva-Macremphytus tarsatus was wandering about on the tarp while I was splitting firewood.  I was almost as excited as I was with the snake.  Different day though.  We do have a dogwood, two actually…one white and one pink…but I’ve never found one on either tree.  These are a Northeast species.

Fall Webworm moth larva-Hyphantria cunea.  These were quite abundant in the yard this summer.  Although they do a pretty good job of skeletonizing leaves, in this case my New York Ironweed-Vernonia noveboracensis, the plant generally fares just fine and ours is still putting out blooms


The flowers are still blooming and the plant is taller than I am and doing quite well.  In the past I have found these on our blueberry bushes but they are not host specific and feed on over 100 species of trees and shrubs.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 09.20.2022 Two-fer Tuesday

  1. shoreacres says:

    I found some ironweed on my last visit to Walden West, but it didn’t have nearly the number of friends that yours has. The last photo’s tenting reminds me of the appearance of certain Packera buds before they begin to emerge as flowers.

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  2. Easy to see why you made the two-fer into a double two-fer.

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  3. Peter Klopp says:

    As pretty as these caterpillars are, their voracious appetite can strip an entire tree within a matter of weeks.

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    • These particular don’t seem quite as voracious as some. We’ve had gypsy moth outbreaks that have cause leaf loss for two or more years and sometimes that’s enough to cause tree death. And now the Spotted Lantern Flies are doing a lot of damage.

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  4. Nice series of images Steve! I have been looking in our gardens lately for bugs but have not found much until yesterday when I found a cooperative praying mantis.

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    I can’t get over an instinctive sensation of distaste when I see any kind of webworm activity, though the individual caterpillars are attractive. My bad. NY Ironweed, another nice memory! And taller than you, excellent!

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    • I planted it last year and it got about 5 feet tall. This year’s height was a bit of a surprise. There’s most often an ebb and flow to the relationship between caterpillars and trees. Our forests for the most part have bounced back from the gypsy moth outbreaks with a few exceptions. We’ll see how things go with the lantern flies.

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  6. susurrus says:

    It’s strange to see the plant wrapped up by something so fine and flimsy looking.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    I think you may have a pleasing nature-reserve growing around your home – sounds great! 🙂

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