In early November, pussy willows were noted in Hubbardston, likely a result of a mild October.
Moths like this Bent-Line Carpet (Costaconvexa centrostrigaria) were still coming to lights on November 4th.
The Green Cloverworm moth (Hypena scabra) is common and can be seen from spring through fall (several broods each season). It is a member of a family referred to as snouts, due to the appearance of the labial palps. Labial palps are mouth parts that have a sensory function. In some nocturnal moths they are used as hearing organs.
Our native deciduous holly, the Winterberry, or Black Alder Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), is putting on a beautiful landscape show this fall. Bird species that depend on fruit as food in winter, such as Eastern Bluebirds, American Robins, and Cedar Waxwings, will benefit from the bounty.
These brightly-patterned Turkeytail (Coriolus versicolor) fungi, on decomposing wood in Petersham mid-November, perform the important function of forest nutrient recycling.
A leafhopper, insect family Cicadellidae, came to lights in Hubbardston November 5th. A species that is readily recognizable by its shape and amazing ability to spring quickly and far when disturbed, leafhoppers feed on a variety of plants.
This nest was close to a trail and only about 65 inches from the ground but unnoticed until the leaves dropped. Most likely Gray Catbirds were the residents.
Harvard Pond, Petersham, on the day of our "Farewell to Fall" hike on November 15th.