And congratulations to the Nature Challenge winners!
My favorite observation was the White-lined Sphinx Moth that I first encountered the during our Moth Mania DABB event this past summer and immediately fell in love with this cute species. In September, another sphinx moth visited me at work and was trying to keep warm against our windows. Poor thing was shaking, and after our photo op, I put it in some plants to help warm and shelter the bugger. I absolutely love finding interesting species like this with the iNaturalist app!
The top three observations:
And I’m happy to report the globally endangered Rusty-patched Bumble Bee had 119 observations!
The fourth on the list of most observed species was the Golden Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus) with 183 and the fifth most observed was the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) with 179! FYI…The Monarch is amongst the most familiar of North American butterflies and DABB Partner WisCorps is helping in monitoring their migration by tagging them! On September 22, Bella Anderson, WisCorps Nature Teacher and Nature Challenge member tagged a Monarch at Myrick Park Native Gardens before uploading the photo to iNaturalist.
For a complete listing by species, here is the link to the Driftless Area BioBlitz 2022 project page