Happy Saturday to you all! And happy Memorial Day weekend too.
I just want to give a shout out –and a big THANK YOU–to all of those people who came out last night to our 2nd annual blue ghost party here in western North Carolina. It was great to see so many people out on a Friday night anxious to learn about and view an insect! I was happy to get to meet some new people and see some friends I’d met years ago. Would you agree that nature lovers really are the best kind of people?
Thankfully many of “our” blue ghost fireflies were active and everyone who attended got to watch them moving through the dark forest for a little while. (Sorry, no photos as they are notoriously difficult to photograph–you will just have to make plans to experience them live for yourself one of these days) Later we went to look at the white sheet under the black light to see what moths we attracted–a small number of rather small moths mostly. (We talked about Luna Moths last night–here is what one looks like and here is what a tulip tree moth looks like. Also, here is a DAY-active moth you may have seen)
During the party I talked with several people about our next puzzler–an insect that has an amazing lifecycle, and, as many pointed out, an amazingly loud sound. Wow, a lot of these insects in one place can be deafening. This insect has the longest lifecycle of any North American insect. (But not the world. We will talk about the winner of that prize next weekend)
Check out these photos:
Do you recognize this? Do you know what it is? Have you seen these in a forest near you? Or heard them? If you want to guess feel free to use the comment box below. All correct responses will be entered in a quarterly drawing–the next one will be on the first day of summer–to win a prize. As always, check back next weekend to learn the answer to the puzzler.
Have a fabulous weekend! I hope you make some time to get outside–it’s a wonderful time of year with a lot of things going on. See you again soon.