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Hornets and Paper Wasps Family Vespidae

Observer

denniswross

Date

October 16, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

This yellow jacket nest was dug up by a bear. Pieces of the nest cells were scattered around several meters. A few angry insects were still in the ground. A bear was sighted nearby, see previous posting.

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Black Bear Ursus americanus

Observer

denniswross

Date

October 16, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

This photo was taken by my trail camera on Aug 4. I do not post observations that I do see myself. Yesterday, 16 Oct 2014, I saw a bear crossing behind me, a smaller individual, I would estimate 100 lbs, probably a yearling. I found were a bear had dug up a yellow jacket nest just up the trail, see next posting.

PS. Leave angry yellow jackets alone.

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closed bottle gentian Gentiana andrewsii

Observer

denniswross

Date

October 10, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Closed bottle gentian is rare at this location. I have only discovered this plant, and another one located about 400 meters away (Oct 15 2011). When not in bloom, they are impossible to distinguish from other ground plants.

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Isabella Tiger Moth Pyrrharctia isabella

Observer

denniswross

Date

October 6, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Dragonflies Suborder Anisoptera

Observer

denniswross

Date

October 6, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virginica

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 1, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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dragonflies and Damselflies Order Odonata

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 1, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Hornets and Paper Wasps Family Vespidae

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 1, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Beetles Order Coleoptera

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 1, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)
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Insects Class Insecta

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 1, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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spiders Order Araneae

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 1, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Spiders Order Araneae

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 1, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Beetles Order Coleoptera

Observer

denniswross

Date

September 3, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Longhorn Beetles Family Cerambycidae

Observer

denniswross

Date

September 3, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts Order Orthoptera

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 24, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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True Toads Family Bufonidae

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 22, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Many of these around in the woods towards the end of summer

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Snails and Slugs Class Gastropoda

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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caterpillars Phacelia congesta

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Found on a mocker nut hickory

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moss Phylum Bryophyta

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 19, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

I am not yet at the point where I can ID mosses, something I will enjoy learning. The spore forming bodies on this should help.

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denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Considered an invasive, but I love the berries better than native raspberry.

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denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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denniswross

Date

July 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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denniswross

Date

July 9, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

The meadow is at peak bloom and growth. I am trying to ID some of the many grasses. A retired Virginia Tech biologist has assisted me.

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Observer

jcentavo

Date

July 6, 2014

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Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa

Observer

jcentavo

Date

July 4, 2014

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Opossum Didelphis virginiana

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 5, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 6, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

I have been observing a black vulture nest for the past two months. The two chicks hatched on about 2 May, and fledged on 6 July. I now see them on top of the abandoned house were the nest was. Note; a fox and a possum were caught on camera in the building with the chicks two days before fledging, but did not appear to disturb the now adult sized birds.

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Zorras Genus Vulpes

Observer

denniswross

Date

July 4, 2014

Place

woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

This fox visited the abandoned house that has been the site of a black vulture nest for the past two months. The 'chicks' at full size were present. They fledged two days later.

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Frogs and Toads Order Anura

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 20, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)

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mollusk

Observer

denniswross

Date

June 21, 2014

Place

Woods Gap (Google, OSM)