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Chinese Mantis Tenodera sinensis

Observer

cranly

Date

October 19, 2012

Description

Just hanging out in the walkway. Very large and lacking the bulls-eye that a European Mantis would have.

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Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

cranly

Date

October 18, 2012

Description

A monarch still hanging around (ha! literally... on a flower...).

I would guess this is a female, since the webbing in the wings is thicker. On the second photo, there isn't any indication on the other side of the wing of the black spot that a male.

(One of the observations of ESPN "series.")

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Western Conifer Seed Bug Leptoglossus occidentalis

Observer

cranly

Date

October 15, 2012

Description

Sitting on my windshield in the middle of the day.
About 200 meters away (but indoors) I found another Western Conifer Seed Bug as well.

(One of the observations of ESPN "series.")

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Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus

Observer

cranly

Date

September 20, 2012

Description

Yep. Chipmunk. Near a small pond.

(one of the wildlife of ESPN creatures.)

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Yellow-legged Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum

Observer

cranly

Date

September 17, 2012

Description

A male Sympetrum vicinum / Autumn Meadowhawk (iNat has the alternate name of Yellow-legged Meadowhawk). I couldn't get a face-show or a proper lateral shot. So, if someone feels this is incorrect, please let me know!

(One of the creatures in the ESPN wildlife series.)

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Common Green Darner Anax junius

Observer

cranly

Date

September 11, 2012

Description

common green darner

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Eastern Newt Notophthalmus viridescens

Observer

cranly

Date

August 4, 2012

Description

An eastern newt in its juvenile terrestrial form of bright orange with lighter spots encircled with black.

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Observer

cranly

Date

July 26, 2012

Description

I suspect this is a Tabanus catenatus.
It was seen just sitting on the ground. It was on the large side - probably around 24mm in length. It has those translucent but darkly veined wings, and the white, distinct triangles on the abdomen, and the grey & reddish throax.
I am willing to admit I'm incorrect, if someone has further knowledge.

(Part of the wildlife of ESPN "series")

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Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus

Observer

cranly

Date

July 11, 2012

Description

A female blue crab, with her painted claw tips.

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Anhinga Anhinga anhinga

Observer

cranly

Date

July 8, 2012

Description

First spotted it swimming - and it was completely submerged. It then surfaced and exhibited the more common behavior of swimming with just its head above water. Finally, it perched on a branch to dry. (The next day I saw this bird again, as well as one that was mostly all black.)

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American Toad Anaxyrus americanus

Observer

cranly

Date

June 26, 2012

Description

These young frogs were all over the path.

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Wood Frog Lithobates sylvaticus

Observer

cranly

Date

June 26, 2012

Description

We saw hundreds of young American Toads this day, but we saw only this one Wood Frog, with its distinctive eye mask.

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Leaf Lily Beetle Lilioceris lilii

Observer

cranly

Date

July 4, 2012

Description

Out taking a walk, I saw quite a few of these enjoying a Fourth of July picnic on a lily. They have a rather nice color - but the plant wasn't looking quite as well...

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blue dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

cranly

Date

June 24, 2012

Description

Seen need a fresh-water beaver pond/marshy area. (The colors were a bit washed-out, no thanks to the temperamental camera, but otherwise... it was a lovely dragonfly.) Seems to be obelisking, as dashers are known to do.

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American white waterlily Nymphaea odorata

Observer

cranly

Date

June 24, 2012

Description

ooo pretty. (All over the place in Beaver Pond at Sessions Woods.)

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Northern Watersnake Nerodia sipedon

Observer

cranly

Date

June 24, 2012

Description

Through binoculars, the red-striping was evident, particularly towards his underbelly, which was white.

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American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

Observer

cranly

Date

June 21, 2012

Description

Croaked, and startled me. Probably one of the proud parents of the numerous tadpoles in the pond. (Part of The Wildlife of ESPN "series.")

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field and button mushrooms Genus Agaricus

Observer

cranly

Date

June 11, 2012

Description

admittedly, I know very little about mushrooms. Now that I have looked into the subject, I have discovered that mushrooms are more complicated than I thought! Currently, my best guess for this one is an Agaricus Bitorquis, with the gills having moved out of their pink phase and into their chocolate-brown phase. When I first saw them, they were growing out of some rather compact mulch near a bush. It had rained fairly recently. Over the next day or two, they dried up rather quickly. It wasn't until after they dried up that I found that making a bisection would be helpful. I did one anyway, for what it's worth. (Part of the Wildlife of ESPN "series.")

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

cranly

Date

June 20, 2012

Description

Yep. That's right. I went and posted Canada Geese. However, I see these guys every day at work, and more often than not, they are in the road blocking traffic or fussing at an employee. They amuse me greatly. Each season we have at least one pair that come here to lay eggs and raise their young. (Part of the Wildlife of ESPN "series")

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whorled loosestrife Lysimachia quadrifolia

Observer

cranly

Date

June 19, 2012

Description

Seen along the trail at the Great Swamp Wildlife Reservation. No big story. It was just there. First time I'd noticed one.

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Observer

cranly

Date

June 16, 2012

Description

At work near a window, I saw this bird swoop onto the tree. Unfortunatly, the picture is taken through tinted glass. It was yellow, with the black and white wings. There are some woodland-like areas nearby, as well as a small pond. (Part of the Wildlife of ESPN "series")

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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) Sayornis phoebe

Observer

cranly

Date

June 14, 2012

Description

I've seen this guy around a lot, but haven't ever been able to make a positive ID. Though, I'm sure it should be an easy one. The location is a beaver pond. I did notice some tail pumping from the bird today.

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