ASP – Day 3

For my last hike of the vacation at Allegany State Park, I picked an even, wide path – France Brook Road.  There were still blockades across the road, so I parked where Limestone Run Road meets ASP 2 and walked out as far as the second bridge and back.  Spring peepers and Wood Frogs were making a racket.  I found evidence of some “gentlemen callers” in the puddles and ditches.

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I only saw one egg mass:

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There were several caterpillars on the railing of the bridge. (If you can figure out what kind they are, let me know!)

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I got caught up in photographing the bark of a fallen Scot’s Pine:

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Oh, and there was this leaf… in a puddle…

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It was just a meandering kind of morning. Birds and frogs singing. The world alive. The only thing that dampened my spirits was knowing that this was the last of this vacation. I would have been happy to stay for another few weeks!

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5 thoughts on “ASP – Day 3

  1. that looks like a tent caterpillar,very destructive and makes an opaque nest approximately
    8-10 inches across in cherry or apple tree limb crotches.i have never seen a nest in a maple,
    but that seems to be their favorite leaf.they seem to be making a resurgence in recent years.
    the worst ever was way back in 1955 when they literally stripped some trees in northern
    pennsylvania bare.

    • I thought that at first, too. But when I really looked in the books, it wasn’t tent or gypsy. My colleague checked a caterpillar field guide we have in the office and came up with Haploa. Timing and habitat seem to be in favor of that ID. When I went backpacking through the park a couple of years ago, the tent caterpillars were so bad you couldn’t take a step without then having to brush the webs off your arms. This year, it seems to be the Gypsy moths – egg cases EVERYWHERE. Cycles…

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