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What

Crotch's Bumble Bee (Bombus crotchii)

Observer

klyle161

Date

June 19, 2024 07:12 PM PDT

Description

Biggest bumblebee I've seen. On milkweed.

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What

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Observer

klyle161

Date

June 13, 2024 08:02 PM PDT

Description

This cat was as interested in me as I was in it. As I tried to get closer for a better photo, it took off, but after I backed off, it came right back.

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What

Mccook's Split Wolf Spider (Schizocosa mccooki)

Observer

klyle161

Date

June 13, 2024 08:35 PM PDT

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What

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)

Observer

donendicott

Date

June 2024

Description

Update June 16, 2024: Photos added to replace DSLR viewer image
Pinnacles National Park, High Peaks Trial near high point. Cell photo of camera viewer is placeholder until I can replace with a series of DSLR images. Identification tags read 92. The second image shows context looking north with five Turkey Vultures silhouetted lower right. I will add a post for them after downloading telephoto images from the same camera. Condor 92 flew over my position nearly directly overhead.

While waiting and searching the skies to the west, I was observing multiple Turkey Vultures soaring over and along the crest. They landed and were sunning on a volcanic outcrop. Condor 92 was first sighted a half mile to the south soaring in my direction following the crest. I hiked up from the Bear Gulch trailhead late this afternoon, starting around 5 pm, specifically in hopes of observing a Condor returning for the night after presumably feeding on the coast.

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What

Wolf's Cholla (Cylindropuntia wolfii)

Observer

klyle161

Date

April 26, 2024 07:17 PM PDT

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Observer

abigaildt

Date

October 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

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What

Mexican Amberwing (Perithemis intensa)

Observer

klyle161

Date

May 23, 2024 06:11 PM PDT

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What

Resplendent Desert Shovel-nosed Snake (Sonora annulata)

Observer

klyle161

Date

April 26, 2024 08:20 PM PDT

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What

False Wolf Spiders (Family Zoropsidae)

Observer

klyle161

Date

April 29, 2024 09:50 PM PDT

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What

Douglas Fir Glow-Worm (Pterotus obscuripennis)

Observer

klyle161

Date

April 29, 2024 08:53 PM PDT

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What

Tacuazín (Didelphis virginiana)

Observer

klyle161

Date

April 11, 2024 08:46 PM PDT

Description

Unable to move back legs - taken to Project Wildlife

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What

White-lined Sphinx (Hyles lineata)

Observer

klyle161

Date

April 9, 2024 02:06 PM PDT

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What

Coast Patchnose Snake (Salvadora hexalepis ssp. virgultea)

Observer

klyle161

Date

April 2023

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What

Western Tailed-Blue (Cupido amyntula)

Observer

markkjames

Date

February 13, 2024 10:57 AM PST

Description

I was photographing male (#4 & 5) when a female (?) arrived, flicking wings for a few seconds then departed to nearby (#6 & 7).

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What

California Swollenstinger Scorpion (Anuroctonus pococki)

Observer

klyle161

Date

September 2, 2023 09:19 PM PDT

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Observer

cosmophasisman

Date

November 11, 2023 01:40 PM +07

Description

Appears to lack eyes completely
Found deep in cave system

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What

Legionary Ants (Genus Neivamyrmex)

Observer

klyle161

Date

September 9, 2023 08:29 PM PDT

Description

Two species? Not sure what is going on here. @reignofrage

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Observer

klyle161

Date

July 27, 2023 04:06 AM PDT

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What

Arroyo Toad (Anaxyrus californicus)

Observer

klyle161

Date

October 2023

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What

Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea)

Observer

klyle161

Date

October 5, 2023 07:24 PM PDT

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What

Mediterranean House Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

Observer

klyle161

Date

September 29, 2023 07:28 PM PDT

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What

Mediterranean House Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

Observer

klyle161

Date

September 29, 2023 07:36 PM PDT

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What

California Mantis (Stagmomantis californica)

Observer

klyle161

Date

September 12, 2023 10:40 PM PDT

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What

Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)

Observer

klyle161

Date

September 14, 2023 08:44 PM PDT

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What

Western Spadefoot (Spea hammondii)

Observer

alex_bairstow

Date

January 2017

Description

Male in amplexus with a Western Toad.

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What

Arroyo Toad (Anaxyrus californicus)

Observer

klyle161

Date

August 2023

Description

Poor guy

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What

Arroyo Toad (Anaxyrus californicus)

Observer

klyle161

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What

Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Observer

klyle161

Date

September 10, 2023 10:25 PM PDT

Description

Curious teenagers

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What

Coast Night Snake (Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus)

Observer

klyle161

Date

September 10, 2023 07:26 PM PDT

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What

Western Spadefoot (Spea hammondii)

Observer

klyle161

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What

San Diego Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata ssp. webbii)

Observer

professorcruz

Date

March 2022

Description

The photo was taken by Lisa Hatfield. Lizard survived the encounter with the young cat and was released nearby. Though it may have been injured during the encounter, and during subsequent removal.

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What

Sycamore Borer Moth (Synanthedon resplendens)

Observer

klyle161

Date

August 18, 2023 02:15 PM PDT

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What

Los Angeles Thread Millipede (Illacme socal)

Date

April 2, 2018 08:40 AM PDT

Description

Seems Siphonophorida is in California after all, I was waiting for the day!

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Observer

klyle161

Date

June 18, 2023 07:05 PM PDT

Description

Largest spider I've seen that wasn't a tarantula. Was alerted to it be a Tarantula-hawk wasp.

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What

Southern California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps major)

Observer

klyle161

Date

May 4, 2023 08:40 PM PDT

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What

Milky Slug (Deroceras reticulatum)

Observer

steve_kerr

Date

October 2, 2015

Description

A yellow garden slug managed to get a flower stuck on his head!
A bunch of other slugs gathered around to laugh at him.
Lithodora diffusa "variety Grace Ward"

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What

Mahogany Jerusalem Cricket (Complex Ammopelmatus mahogany)

Observer

klyle161

Date

June 23, 2020 10:55 PM PDT

Description

Largest I've seen

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What

Western Destroying Angel (Amanita ocreata)

Observer

klyle161

Date

February 10, 2023 05:32 PM PST

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Observer

klyle161

Date

January 17, 2023 05:52 PM PST

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Observer

sebastiandoak

Date

April 2022

Description

Much larger than any species I see where I normally am.

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Observer

sebastiandoak

Date

September 15, 2022 11:39 AM IST

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What

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)

Observer

sebastiandoak

Date

September 16, 2022 11:25 AM IST

Description

Unfortunately moved away before I could get the face, second pic bottom left was as good as I got. Seemed about 1.7m from eyeballing but that could be out.

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What

Lesser Burdock (Arctium minus)

Observer

that_bug_guy

Date

April 18, 2022 01:04 PM EDT

Description

Let's get this ID, baby!

Big thanks to lallen!

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What

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Observer

that_bug_guy

Date

November 18, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Description

He was such a cutie!

A few weeks ago, I had spotted a Wood Duck at a local pond. He was in his eclipse plumage. Fast forward to November 14th and a friend of mine shares photos of the Wood Duck with me, now in it's breeding plumage. Excited, I decided to go to Martia Payne Pond again to see the duck.

So on Friday, I went. It was quite a great day for duck watching. I saw my first Green-winged Teals! However, the Wood Duck was nowhere to be seen. I began to walk around the water in search of the Wood Duck. Suddenly, I hear a cheep, I looked down, and in the water there it was!

He had been swimming by a log. Not soon after his discovery, a pair of Mallards swam toward us. The Wood Duck had to chase away the drake.

I made sure to get photos of the incredibly beautiful duck!

After a short time, my Mom and I began to walk away. To our surprise, the Wood Duck followed! It followed and followed, even coming up on land once we got far enough. It was strangely friendly. He would always look at us.

We decided to name him 'Buzz', since 'Woody' would have been too predictable.

As I went to photograph the geese, my Mom kept Buzz company. He had gone back into the water where he continued to swim after my Mom. Eventually, all the ducks trailed behind her. Buzz would even find a fallen Goldenrod to snack on.

After being at the pond for an hour, it was time to go. As my Mom and I reached the end of the pond, a layer of ice blocked the ducks' path. We said goodbye to Buzz and went home.

Hopefully we'll be able to see Buzz again someday soon. He's quite the charmer.

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What

Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)

Observer

that_bug_guy

Date

July 10, 2022 08:23 PM EDT

Description

As the sun sets on the warm summer day, the carrots stand strong in the field, their peddles illuminated by the light of an ending day. In the flowery platforms, the beetles come together, to create the next generation.

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Date

March 7, 2022 04:25 PM EST

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What

Common Five-lined Skink (Plestiodon fasciatus)

Date

August 7, 2022 01:39 PM EDT

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What

Long-tailed Giant Ichneumonid Wasp (Megarhyssa macrurus ssp. macrurus)

Date

August 4, 2022 12:13 PM EDT

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What

Southern Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio ssp. morio)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

October 30, 2022 01:46 PM SAST

Description

I knew that they were quite versatile in their diet: insects, berries, nectar ... But never realised that they also ate leaves!

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What

Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus ssp. pusillus)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

July 27, 2022 05:37 PM SAST

Description

Seal having calamari for supper

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What

Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

September 3, 2022 01:47 PM SAST

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What

Cape Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion pumilum)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

December 1, 2022 09:26 PM SAST

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What

Cape Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion pumilum)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

October 13, 2022 07:46 PM SAST

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What

Western Leopard Toad (Sclerophrys pantherina)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

December 1, 2022 08:37 PM SAST

Description

Highlight of the walk - my first Leopard Toad ever!

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What

Clicking Stream Frog (Strongylopus grayii)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

October 13, 2022 08:51 PM SAST

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What

Red-sided Skink (Trachylepis homalocephala)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

October 16, 2022 11:50 AM SAST

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What

Olive Snake (Lycodonomorphus inornatus)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

September 25, 2022 05:09 PM SAST

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What

Cross-marked Sand Snake (Psammophis crucifer)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

October 8, 2022 10:21 AM SAST

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What

Spotted Harlequin Snake (Homoroselaps lacteus)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

October 8, 2022 10:52 AM SAST

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What

Cape Terrapin (Pelomedusa galeata)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

October 16, 2022 11:45 AM SAST

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What

Baillon's Crake (Zapornia pusilla)

Observer

dinofelis

Date

November 6, 2022 08:41 AM SAST

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What

Harvestmen (Order Opiliones)

Observer

gvbox

Date

May 26, 2022 04:52 PM PDT

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What

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)

Observer

gvbox

Date

December 27, 2022 01:41 PM PST

Description

Certainly the most famous owl in Southern California today. Watched by a crowd of several dozen birders. I called a local bird rehab and they confirmed she was doing well, and is likely the same individual in this observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141840954

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What

Translucent Green Jumping Spiders (Genus Lyssomanes)

Observer

djscho

Date

April 4, 2022 12:38 PM EDT

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What

Gold-crowned Sea Goddess (Felimare acriba)

Observer

djscho

Date

August 2, 2022 10:32 AM AST

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What

Caribbean Reef Octopus (Octopus briareus)

Observer

djscho

Date

October 17, 2022 06:48 PM EST

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What

Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)

Observer

mmmiller

Date

October 7, 2022 04:31 PM MDT

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What

Gray Treefrog Species Complex (Complex Hyla versicolor)

Observer

mmmiller

Date

May 22, 2022 05:11 PM CDT

Description

a Red-bellied Woodpecker was rooting around in a hole in a tree (about 10 feet off the ground) and pulled this guy out and flew off with him.

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What

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)

Observer

mmmiller

Date

May 10, 2022 01:25 PM CDT

Description

A Western Tanager was found at this park on May 9. I thought it would be nice if I found it while birding in this park but I wasn't counting on it. I stopped at a spot to get a photo of a woodpecker and a bird flew onto a branch not 10 feet from my head. I looked and realized it was the Tanager! A group of birders had just entered the park nearby and it was an exciting time for all of us.

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What

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Observer

robotpie

Date

March 23, 2022 06:58 PM HKT

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Observer

robotpie

Date

August 11, 2022 11:43 PM HKT

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What

Tai-yong Keelback (Hebius boulengeri)

Observer

robotpie

Date

July 2022

Place

Missing Location

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Observer

matthewvosper

Date

March 24, 2022 02:22 PM UTC

Description

I understand this is the only Polysphinctini that attacks Tetragnatha...

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What

Kelp Lace Bryozoan (Membranipora membranacea)

Observer

matthewvosper

Date

October 3, 2022 10:58 AM BST

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What

Large Alder Sawfly (Cimbex connatus)

Observer

matthewvosper

Date

October 6, 2022 12:25 PM BST

Description

Gigantic! On alder.

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What

White-tailed Antelope Squirrel (Ammospermophilus leucurus)

Observer

fluffyinca

Date

June 28, 2022 10:40 AM MDT

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What

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

Observer

fluffyinca

Date

April 7, 2022 05:49 PM PDT

Description

I heard this wren calling from a certain patch of trees, so I decided to see if I could get closer. The ground was swampy so it took a while to find a good path. When I reached the spot it flew away, but not very far, so I found a comfortable patch of dry grass and lay down to wait. After a few minutes it returned, and I was able to get some good pictures as well as a video of it singing (which can be seen here). I also saw several other Marsh Wrens and a Downy Woodpecker in the nearby trees.

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What

Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber)

Observer

fluffyinca

Date

December 29, 2021 01:32 PM PST

Description

This bird was sitting below the kitchen window. It must have flown into it, although I didn't see or hear it hit. It let me pick it up, but seemed alert and uninjured. I held it for a little while and it started calling loudly. Then it flew out of my hands and perched on my dad's shirt! After sitting there for less than a minute, it flew to a nearby tree and perched there, still calling.

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What

Leather Star (Dermasterias imbricata)

Observer

teellbee

Date

June 16, 2022 02:21 PM PDT

Description

Saw this, but photo did not work. This photo used with permission. B. Holden retains copyright.

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What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

teellbee

Date

May 2, 2022 01:18 PM PDT

Description

…”I’ll have an order of fresh roadkill with a side of flies, please”

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What

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Observer

teellbee

Date

January 2022

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What

Southern Blackleg Orbweaver (Trichonephila fenestrata ssp. fenestrata)

Observer

dianastuder

Date

February 16, 2022 10:58 AM SAST

Description

tiny male top right as well

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What

Cape Four-striped Grass Mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio)

Observer

dianastuder

Date

September 28, 2022 12:56 PM SAST

Description

We walked up towards Judas Peak. Middle shrub is Colpoon compressum https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/139746784 full of fruit. And a 'bird' mouse-walking along the branches. Enjoying the fruit!

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What

Fungus Moths, Clothes Moths, & Allies (Family Tineidae)

Observer

lendebeer

Date

December 30, 2013 11:48 PM EAT

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What

Dicots (Class Magnoliopsida)

Observer

maxtosch

Date

April 6, 2010 09:36 AM UTC

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What

North Pacific Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae ssp. kuzira)

Observer

geichhorn

Date

September 1, 2022 05:14 PM AKDT

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What

Bay-breasted Cuckoo (Coccyzus rufigularis)

Observer

geichhorn

Date

July 2022

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What

Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena cinnabari)

Observer

geichhorn

Date

November 11, 2022 03:36 PM +03

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What

Mata Do Catolé Heart-tongued Frog (Phyllodytes edelmoi)

Observer

deboas

Date

November 25, 2022 08:24 PM -03

Description

I believe this was the male from an hour previously, leaving the bromeliad to go live and love some more. He had climbed up to the end of a leaf from the neighbouring bromeliad. He does look a lot yellower than the photos from 19:24, so I am not sure if it is the same individual or not. In the subsequent two days, no adult frog was seen in this bromeliad.

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Observer

deboas

Date

November 25, 2022 10:14 AM -03

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What

Scarce Scabious Clubhorn (Abia candens)

Observer

deboas

Date

May 26, 2022 03:20 PM IST

Description

Incredible encounter with this golden-ringed sawfly. It seemed to glow in the sunlight

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What

Commas (Genus Polygonia)

Observer

pepperjackb

Date

July 28, 2022 09:42 AM PDT

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Observer

pepperjackb

Date

April 28, 2022 01:31 PM PDT

Description

Not the best picture but certainly had stripes and the long white ‘antenna.’

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What

Fiesta Flower (Pholistoma auritum)

Observer

pepperjackb

Date

May 14, 2022 10:51 AM PDT

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What

Atlantic Camas (Camassia scilloides)

Observer

cotinis

Date

May 18, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

Description

Wild Hyacinth (Eastern Camas, Atlantic Camas) - Camassia scilloides
I found a pretty patch of these on the roadside bordering Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in central Ohio. I was enchanted by its delicate color and the form of its buds.
References

  • Brandenburg, National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America (Sterling, 2010), p. 328
  • Newcomb and Morrison, Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Little, Brown; 1977), pp. 332-333
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=casc5

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What

Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

Observer

cotinis

Date

May 2022

Place

Ohio, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Blanding's Turtle - Emydoidea blandingii
This one was basking on a log. A minute later, a larger one pushed it off its perch.

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What

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)

Observer

cotinis

Description

Great Purple Hairstreak - Atlides halesus
bugguide.net/node/view/2844
Location: Durham NC (USA)
I encountered this fresh butterfly on a cool evening thanks to my dog, who found it on the road under a street light and tried to eat it. After losing it once, I returned a couple of hours later and was able to photograph it. The hostplant is mistletoe, which is uncommon in this neighborhood, but I have found the butterfly a few times over the last several years. Happy Wing Wednesday!
Edit. Added some studio shots taken later to highlight possible aposematic and mimetic markings.

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What

Nettles (Genus Urtica)

Observer

vreinkymov

Date

October 30, 2022 10:43 AM PDT

Description

Very potent compared to Southern California Urtica species, stinging lasted about 4-5 hours and very strong vs. 20-40 min for Urtica urens.

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What

Greater Anglewing (Microcentrum rhombifolium)

Observer

vreinkymov

Date

October 30, 2022 10:37 AM PDT

Description

It was trying its best but didn't quite blend in...

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What

Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Observer

vreinkymov

Date

July 26, 2022 08:36 AM PDT

Description

Definitely loitering, a thousand little fines await?

Favorite bee at top-center-left, clearly supporting the whole colony with its little bee arms.

Last photo is ~8 hours later, shows nearly all bees had left.

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