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Archive for February 24, 2010

Welcome to a photographic jouney through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

CREEPING CRITTERS IN CATTAILS

Much as I discourage the destruction of habitats, I am guilty of doing so in order to share a photograph of cattail caterpillars, larvae of the Shy Cosmet (Limnaecia phragmitella), a slender tan moth, that overwinter inside the fluff of a cattail head.  At this time of year, some cattail heads are still intact, while some are all fluffed out (see photograph).  Cattail caterpillars often inhabit the fluffy ones.  Come spring, they will pupate and emerge as adult moths.