Spotted at the Conservancy: Shy cosmet moth

Spotted at the Conservancy: Shy cosmet moth

Dave Webb of the Maryland Biodiversity Project found this shy cosmet moth caterpillar in the seedhead of a cattail. Over the winter, the caterpillar eats the cattail seeds, shelters in the plant and is protected from predators in its soft, cozy home. When June...
Volunteer spotlight: Bonnie Ott

Volunteer spotlight: Bonnie Ott

Most of the time, Bonnie Ott is behind the camera, taking pictures of all sorts of wildlife at the Conservancy (and elsewhere), from dragonflies, slugs and bolas spiders to the rarest sparrows and flycatchers. An avid birder and naturalist, Bonnie always makes time to...
Spotted at the Conservancy: Plume moth

Spotted at the Conservancy: Plume moth

Plume moths, with their signature T-shape, roll their wings tightly when they’ve landed on perches or their lunch flowers. But when they unfurl their wings, look for feathery plumes that give the moths their name. More than 150 species of plume moth live in...
Book Discussion: Teaching the Trees

Book Discussion: Teaching the Trees

February 16, 2023  Join us on zoom for a book discussion of Teaching the Trees by Joan Maloof. Together we will delve into her collection of natural-history essays to explore the forests of the eastern United States. This discussion will be led by none other than the...
Spotted Lanternfly Update

Spotted Lanternfly Update

Spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect pest that is a recent introduction to our region.  Please join Maryland Department of Agriculture entomologist Aaron Shurtleff as he discusses what you need to know to help protect Maryland from this destructive bug. Simply...