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Maritime Garter Snake – Thamnophis sirtalis pallidulus

In between house repairs, playing music, cooking and other activities, work continues on the painted floors project. Yesterday, while picking basil and oregano for a homemade pizza that I baked inside the kettle barbecue over a fire made with wild cherry prunings and chunk charcoal, I noticed a snake making its way through the garden. It was a large, wonderfully marked Maritime Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis pallidulus). Larry was just returning from a walk through the woods up the road, so I took it to him to see as this would be a new species. We both took a few photos (see above) and a very short movie (see below – click on all images for larger views – click on the video image and it should play if you can play .mp4 movies on your computer). I’ll use my photos as reference images when I paint a Maritime Garter Snake on the living room floor.

Now that the weather has finally warmed up (we had an unseasonably cool, wet start to summer), we’ve been turning on the moth lights at night. Over the past few nights there has been a good assortment of small moths, but only a few of the larger species – a Luna one evening, and the odd Sphinx.

Azalea Sphinx – Darapsa choerilus

Last night may have been the start of a new trend. In addition to many small moths, we had an Azalea Sphinx (Darapsa choerilus) and *four* Waved Sphinx (Ceratomia undulosa). Perhaps we’ll have plenty of moths coming to the light by National Moth Week (July 20-28, 2013). If you haven’t yet registered, there is still time!

Waved Sphinx – Ceratomia undulosa

Written by bev wigney on July 7th, 2013