|Part of the 2018 Arlington BioBlitz team.
|The Arlington BioBlitz herpetology team with a Northern Ring-necked Snake.
|Northern Ring-necked Snake found under a snakeboard in Glencarlyn Park
|Ocala Skipper on Pickerelweed taken by David Howell during the 2018 Arlington County BioBlitz
Another insect, the Mile-a-Minute Weevil, is a recently introduced beetle that was released in an effort to manage numbers of the terribly invasive Mile-a-Minute Vine. It wasn't even an option to pick from in the iNaturalist application used to record and crowd source identifications, though after we pointed this out, it has since been added. Several years ago, Fairfax County had gotten approval for its release as a test biological control. When some showed up in Arlington, we purposely did not treat the Mile-a-Minute Vine where it was seen to let it get established. That seems to have worked quite well and we are finding it now wherever the invasive host plant is found.
|Mile-a-Minute Weevil on Mile-a-Minute found during the Arlington BioBlitz.
The mycology team of fungi hunters had a very successful search, finding more than twice as many mushroom species as the previous year, likely due to all the wet weather leading up the BioBlitz. They tallied 66 species. This along with last year's results will be used by them as the baseline for a "Fungi of Arlington/Alexandria" project they've been working on. For an interesting look at how they conducted their search, please check out this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLrn51pBzus.
|A Beefsteak Mushroom, oozing in its classic way that helps identify it.
|The strange looking Dog-nose Asphalt Fungi, another Arlington first.
|The BioBlitz Mycology (Fungi) team discusses a discovery.