Found this lovely in the shed and moved her outside. She’s a Carolina Praying Mantis, a smaller mantis species. That round belly means she’s full of eggs and will lay them soon, to hatch in the spring. Yay! We used to see mantises all the time — now it’s rare. Thanks to urban infill and […]
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Found this huge Bessbug in the backyard, displaced by our whacked-out climate. Bessbugs are cool – one of the only beetles that live in groups and raise their young communally. And communicate by squeaking! The rotting logs they live in are dried out from the drought, and they’re already threatened by habitat loss in general. […]
So excited to see this amazing Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) last month. About 10 miles from Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. I think it’s Pseudotriton ruber nitidus, the Blue Ridge Red Salamander. It lacks the black chin of other subspecies. Red Salamanders are in the family of lungless […]
A rare treat — a fabulous Giant Stag Beetle (Lucanus elaphus). My fingertips for scale. Incredible!!! Saw this one at a city greenway last week. The huge jaws are only on males, they fight for females just like male elk, deer, and moose. Check out this video of 2 males fighting (a different but similar […]
Why did this beautiful Black-eyed Susan have red on it while all the others were yellow? I came across them yesterday in a city greenway. These are native plants, growing wild.
Saw this lovely little bug plodding patiently along a wall at a local park last week. She inspired me! She’s a wingless nymph (sub-adult) in the family Reduviidae.
Posted in Wildlife on Jun 26th, 2015
Saw this beautiful big click beetle on the deck a couple of days ago, about an inch long. If clicked away after one picture, disappearing into the brush. The two black spots are fake eyes that startle birds and other predators and give the beetle a chance to get away. Lots of butterflies and caterpillars […]
Posted in Wildlife on Jun 3rd, 2015
I saw this family of Great Blue Herons yesterday at a wetland along a city greenway. After watching this sequence, I understood why Mama usually rests with her bill pointed way up in the air. They try to get mom to give up some fish from her mouth. One of the chicks hustles to be […]
These beetles must spend a lot of time mating. Yesterday was only the second time I’ve ever seen them, and both times, every beetle in sight was so engaged. Dozens of them. On both occasions, they were on patches of Common Milkweed. I was taking a walk when I saw them yesterday, hoping to spot […]
Posted in Wildlife on May 10th, 2015
I wish a safe Mother’s Day to all the wildlife mothers across the world. Especially the world’s primates, most of which are threatened or endangered. Primates are special, for me. Most animal mothers don’t provide any maternal care whatsoever. Instead, they lay eggs and abandon them, never seeing their own babies. That includes most (but […]