Moth Monday #7390

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Well actually it’s only the second Moth Monday here at Mokka mit Schlag; but today’s moth is #7390 in the Hodges Catalog, the Toothed Brown Carpet Moth, Xanthorhoe lacustrata:

Perched moth

The Mummy Returns (but probably shouldn’t have bothered)

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I finally caught Tomb of the Dragon Emperor yesterday. Moving the story to China insead of Egypt, and finding a new mummy was a nice change of pace. Maria Bello was a definite improvement on Rachel Wesiz (if not quite as easy on the eyes) and Brendan Fraser was, well, Brendan Fraser.

However the basic rule for these sorts of movies is that they need to move so fast that you don’t have time to notice all the holes in the plot. Tomb of the Dragon Emperor didn’t quite achieve sufficient speed to lift off. Just when you thought it would; there’d be a long boring sequence that gave you time to catch your breath and start laughing at how silly the whole thing was. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t bother. It’s not worth the $10.

#442 Rock Wren

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I had a hard time deciding whether to walk over to San Joaquin this morning or drive up to Santiago Oaks for the monthly Sea & Sage Walk led by Susan Sheakley. San Joaquin’s been great lately, but I haven’t been up in the hills in the morning for quite some time. Fortunately I decided to go to the mountains because we had an exceptionally cool morning, which meant we walked further than usual, which meant we got all the way to the dam, which meant we found this Rock Wren, a bird I hadn’t even thought of looking for in Orange County:

small gray bird with rufous patches on rocks

(I’ve been focused on Black-chinned Hummingbird and Barn Owl.)

Short-billed Dowitcher

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

shorebird feeding marsh
Short-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus
Bolsa Chica, 2008-08-31

Western Spotted Orbweaver

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Fly caught in web of large black spider
Western Spotted Orbweaver,
Just outside Huntington Central Park at the Armstrong Garden Center, 2008-08-31

Moth Monday: Cabbage Webworm Moth

Monday, September 1st, 2008

I’ve been building up quite a backlog of moth species. Not to much of a surprise since they’re somewhere around 10,000 species in North America alone, so I’m going to start posting one every Monday until I run out. First up for Labor Day we have the Cabbage Webworm Moth, Hellula rogatalis, Hodges#4846: