I returned to the Blue Ridge Tract to see how it had changed since the 19th of October, just two weeks ago. The leaves were darker and more of them were on the ground this time.
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These are the egg cases I found.
At the bottom of the hill down in the Furnace Run Wetland area I spotted a Common Checkered Skipper. It was so “fresh” meaning the wings were not ragged or torn and newly hatched. It was a beautiful and unexpected sight on this fine fall day. A butterfly was the last thing I expected to see.
UPDATE: Woodswalker commented: "Not to nitpick, but I think your Cladonia lichens may be Cladonia macilenta instead of Cladonia cristatella because they are far less branchy than British Soldiers. My lichen book (Lichens of the North Woods by J. Walewski) calls them Lipstick Powderhorn, an aptly descriptive name."
I think she is correct and am grateful for her correction because I learned even more. I now wonder if the British soliders used lipstick powderhorns during their battles. Tee Hee.
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