WDEL Blog: Eclectic Hobbies with Allan Loudell

Springtime for Nature

The last several days of mounting temperatures and sunshine have definitely brought out critters of all types.

Delmarva's top amphibian/reptile expert, Jim White at the Delaware Nature Society, has seen or heard Spring Peepers, the New Jersey Chorus frog, the Southern Leopard frog, and the Wood frog. Plus, American Toads were finally calling out.

So far, Jim's seen only two species of snakes -- the Garter snake & Northern Brown snake. Other reptiles: Turtles basking in the sun.

I happened to see my first butterflies of the New Year: A Cabbage White, at Route 202 and Foulk Road, Saturday (while driving home from WDEL/WSTW) and an overwintering Eastern Comma, in the serpentine barrens of Nottingham County Park in Pennsylvania, Sunday.

I found up to seven species of moths in Northeast, Maryland.

Posted at 11:15am on March 22, 2010 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mike Young
Fri, Mar 26, 2010 3:07pm
Allan, you must have really good eyesight if you can spot a butterfly while driving in a car on Route 202 with drivers around you who are probably traveling at 80 MPH.

When are we going to see a post about Texas Hold Em Poker which is the best eclectic hobby of them all?

Allan Loudell
Fri, Mar 26, 2010 7:15pm
Actually, Mike, I happened to be stopped on Foulk Road, turning onto Route 202, when I observed the Cabbage White butterfly along a grassy strip.

It is far less likely I would've seen one on Route 202, since it's mostly concrete along both sides of 202.... although Cabbage Whites are so unmistakable, even driving at 40--45 miles an hour (not 80) along 202, I probably would have been able to identify one!

And, actually, I've never played ANY kind of poker.

Allan Loudell


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