VAL Observation Helps Identify New Leaf Mining Moth Genus
While exploring the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area in the fall of 2019, VCE’s Bee Biologist Spencer Hardy noticed a Virginia Creeper with an interesting pair of leaf mines on it. A recent study found it to be part of a new moth Genus and new species for Vermont.
New Butterfly Species Found in Vermont
Fifteen years after it was first discover near Montreal, Canada, the European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) has been found in Vermont. On September 5, 2020 David Barrington captured an image of the species at Alburg Dunes State Park.
Vermont Wild Bee Survey Adds 35 New Species for Vermont
Bees are extremely important to our ecosystems, and yet little is known about the wild bees of Vermont. Check out this article to learn more about the new discoveries of the Vermont Wild Bee Atlas in 2020.
New Ant-Mimic Spider Sneaks Into Vermont
A small, metallic-black arthropod with a head, thorax, abdomen, and two waving antennae - your classic picnic-robbing ant right? Take a closer look at Michael Sundue's photos at the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist and you'll see that in fact this is the first record of the ant-mimicking spider Myrmarachne formicaria in Vermont.
Tall Beech Fern (Phegopteris excelsior): Newly discovered fern species in Vermont
Tall Beech Fern (Phegopteris excelsior) was recently described as a new species. Recent work found that Tall Beech Fern is of hybrid descent, but not from a hybridization event between the well known Long and Broad Beech ferns. Read about how scientists uncovered this new species growing right here in Vermont.
Lady Beetle Found Again
On May 15th the weekend long Vermont Backyard Lady Beetle Blitz had just kicked off. VCE biologist Spencer Hardy found one of Vermont’s lost lady beetles—a Four-spotted Spurleg Lady Beetle— a species that hasn’t been reported since 1976.
Rare Crested Caracara Visits Vermont - Again!
On March 23, 2018 Mark Bessette surprised the Vermont iNaturalist community with photographs of an unusual-looking bird that he dubbed, “Elvis, the juvenile bald eagle.”
Asian Tiger Mosquito Found in Vermont
State Agriculture and Health officials announced that the Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has been identified for the first time in Vermont.
iNaturalists Discover More New Moths for Vermont
Since 2013, over 1,475 biologists and naturalists have contributed more than 51,000 moth photo-observations to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist.
Fly Species New for Vermont Discovered by iNaturalist
You don't have to go far to help the Vermont Atlas of Life discover species new to Vermont. You just have to be observant. On August 12th Roy Pilcher, citizen scientist extraordinaire and recipient of the Julie Nicholson Citizen Science Award in 2009, found one in his car!
Introduced Jumping Spider Spotted in Vermont for First Time
On June 10th Jasper Barnes, a wildlife biology student at the University of Vermont, snapped a photo of a tiny jumping spider near campus and shared it to the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. It soon became recognized as the first record of this species for Vermont and the northernmost United States.
Bee Survey Says... Numerous Species Found For First Time In Vermont This Summer
This summer, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies has spearheaded the Vermont Wild Bee Survey in Chittenden County. According to project coordinator Spencer Hardy, more than 320 species have been documented thus far — and nearly a dozen appear to be species of wild bees that were previously unknown to be in the state.
The Climbing Fern is Back in Vermont
Last observed in Vermont in 1997, the climbing fern has been spotted again growing in the Northeast Kingdom, according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s botanist Bob Popp.
When a Bluet Isn't Blue: Vermont's "Newest" Damselfly
Congratulations, Vermont. You've got a new damselfly. Here's a tale about a bluet that's defies the "blue" in its name. It becomes Vermont's 45th known damselfly species.
European Hornet Identified For The First Time In Vermont
The first Vermont specimen of the large European hornet was found in the southern part of the state and identified last month by the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. The department says it’s possible the species has been here for a while and only just now been identified.
Endangered Fish Found in Vernon
An endangered fish was hooked recently in the Connecticut River near Vernon. National Marine Fisheries Services Endangered Species Coordinator Julie Crocker says it was the first time a shortnose sturgeon was caught upstream from the Turners Falls Dam in Massachusetts. Crocker says there are shortnose sturgeon farther south in the river, and at this point scientists do not know how the fish got into Vermont.
An Emerald Discovered in Victory
Mike Blust and Josh Lincoln had a plan hatched by a fellow naturalist. Hike deep into the forest to a bog in northeast Vermont and find a rare emerald dragonfly that had never been seen in Vermont. Read about their trials and tribulations that led to elation at discovering this beautiful insect for the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas.
A Tiger Found in Vermont
Congratulations, Vermont. You’ve got a new dragonfly — Tiger Spiketail (Cordulegaster erronea). Dale Ferland, an angler who likes to poke around rivers, snapped that photo above on Monday from the Black River in Springfield and it was posted and confirmed on iNaturalist Vermont.
VAL Updating the Checklist of Vermont Moths
The checklist of Vermont moths is being updated by the Vermont Atlas of Life. Thanks to the tireless efforts of both professional and amateur Lepidopterists, nearly 400 new moth species have been found in Vermont since 1995. There are likely many more awaiting discovery.
New Damselfly Species Found in Vermont
It was a routine warm September day in the field for naturalist Joshua Lincoln. As he snapped photos of a blue damselfly, he didn't realize that he was actually documenting Vermont's first record of the Double-striped Bluet.
Two New Bird Species Found in Vermont
The Vermont Bird Records Committee (VBRC) held its 35th annual meeting in November and reviewed 39 detailed reports of rare, out-of-season, and rare nesting species submitted by birdwatchers. Two new species of birds were discovered in Vermont as well as many other notable records.
A New Vermont Damselfly
The diversity of life in Vermont, at least what we know of it, is now a bit richer. Nine days after the discovery of a dragonfly not previously known from the state, we have a new damselfly as well: River Bluet (Enallagma anna). Mike Blust and Laura Gaudette found this damselfly on the Ompompanoosuc River in Thetford on Monday.
A New Vermont Dragonfly
That dragonfly above is now a bit of Vermont natural history -- the first Banded Pennant (Celethemis fasciata) ever documented in the state. The perceptive naturalist Laura Gaudette found and photographed him while kayaking on Sadawga Lake in Whitingham yesterday. Congrats to Laura!
New to Science: Quillwort Discovered in Vermont
Green Mountain Quillwort (Isoetes viridimontana) was discovered in 2010 by Michael Rosenthal, an amateur botanist from Vermont and recently described as a new species. As reported in American Fern Journal, the Green Mountain quillwort is special for a number of reasons.
New to Science: Three Springtails Discovered in Vermont
In 2011 Felipe N. Soto-Adames and colleagues described three new species of springtails, all discovered in Vermont.
New to Science: Ground Beetle Discovered in Bridgewater, Vermont
David Maddison looked at the morphological, cytogenetic, and molecular variation within the Bembidion chalceum and B. honestum group and found that the concepts of these two consisted of a complex of at least seven species. The new Bembidion chalceum subgroup consists of B. chalceum, B. rothfelsi, B. bellorum, B. antiquum, and B. louisiella. The B. honestum subgroup consists of B. honestum, B. arenobilis, B. integrum and B. rufotinctum. B. rothfelsi type locality is along the Ottauquechee River in Bridgewater, Vermont.
New to Science: Maidenhair Fern Described from Vermont
This new species of fern was formerly described by Cathy Paris in 1991. It is a very rare fern only known from 7 places in Vermont and Quebec.