Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Monday, November 02, 2009


Caution: If you are UrSpo, you may want to exercise caution when scrolling through this post. Other arachnophobes may also wish to exercise caution.

IBCM Participants at the University of Florida Natural Area

Greetings from the departure lounge at JFL International Airport. I'm awaiting my flight to Hong Kong and on to Malaysia. I have no idea what Internet access will be like from my Hotel in Penang. I plan to take lots of photos, and look forward to blogging about my trip.

I'm just back from the second installment of IBCM, the Imperiled Butterfly Conservation and Management Workshop. The first installment was last July at the Toledo Zoo. This week we were in Gainesville, Florida at The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. In addition to lots of lectures and demonstrations, we were treated to a tour of the Center and some visits to local natural areas.

Compactor Shelving at the McGuire Center
Each tray is full of pinned butterflies and moths

A tray full of pinned Arctiid moths

Dr. Tom Emmel shows the group a mounted series of Xerces Blues (Glaucopsyche xerces) This speces has been extinct since about 1940

We had several opportunities to visit the McGuire Center's Butterfly Rainforest.

Anartia sp.

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)
I hope to see this species in the wild in Malaysia

The workshop included visits to the University of Florida's natural area, and Morningside Nature Center in Gainesville. Both of these are restored Longleaf Pne habitats. I felt a bit like cedrorum as I visited the siets. Neither is home to Red-cockeaded Woodpeckers, but they were both lovely natural areas.

UF Natural Area
The wooded section in the background has not been burned.

Our host Jaret at the Morningside Nature Center

I got a few invertebrate photos at Morningside

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At 21:31, Blogger rodger said...

The Clipper is beautiful...I too hope you get to see one in Malaysia.

Do you know what that spider in the last shot is? I think I've seen the same spider in CA but then...maybe not. I'll have to see if I can find the pic I took.

Have a great trip Doug!!

At 22:26, Blogger Ur-spo said...

I hope you have a good trip.
I thank you for the warning - I am relieved to report I cautiously scroll down doing my deep breathing exercises only to see the photo - and have no reaction!
thank you EMDR !

At 08:39, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Rodger- The spider is an Argiope. There are a bunch of species in the US including some in the Pacciffic Northwest. I wrote this blog post at the airport, and wanted to get it posted before flying oout of the country. As a result, I did not get identifications on the spider pictures. The other one is a Gloden Orb Weaver (Nephila sp.)

Spo- glad to hear it's working for you.


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