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.

Publicado el 01 de agosto de 2023 por susanhewitt susanhewitt

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:15 MAÑANA EDT

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Tejedora de Huertos (Leucauge venusta)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:19 MAÑANA EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:33 MAÑANA EDT

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Hortensia Hojas de Encino (Hydrangea quercifolia)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:43 MAÑANA EDT
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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:45 MAÑANA EDT

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On the underside of a Yew leaf.

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:46 MAÑANA EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:46 MAÑANA EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:48 MAÑANA EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:56 MAÑANA EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 12:17 PM EDT

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Polillas del Pasto (Familia Crambidae)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 12:24 PM EDT

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Hoja de Terciopelo Asiática (Abutilon theophrasti)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 02:24 PM EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 02:25 PM EDT

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Quintonil Verde (Amaranthus hybridus)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 02:27 PM EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 02:27 PM EDT

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On Amaranthus ?hybridus.

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 02:31 PM EDT

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Mariposa Monarca (Danaus plexippus)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 03:19 PM EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 03:20 PM EDT

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Jilguero Canario (Spinus tristis)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 03:23 PM EDT

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

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Chapulines Oscuros (Género Melanoplus)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 03:27 PM EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 03:27 PM EDT

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Algodoncillo Inmortal (Asclepias tuberosa)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 03:34 PM EDT

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Monarda Morada (Monarda fistulosa)

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 03:35 PM EDT

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Julio 30, 2023 a las 11:50 MAÑANA EDT

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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

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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..."

Publicado por tcullinane hace 12 meses

I am glad you enjoyed the post!

Publicado por susanhewitt hace 11 meses

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