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Giant Stag Beetle Lucanus elaphus

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elinpierce

Date

June 19, 2011

Description

I found this large beetle on our deck which overlooks a small yard that borders onto dense bottomland hardwood (deciduous) forest. We have an amazing variety of insects. I saw a much smaller individual of this same species as well, perhaps not fully grown, while this is an adult. It even made hissing noises when disturbed!

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Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) Hyla versicolor

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elinpierce

Date

June 25, 2011

Description

I've seen only a few of these frogs around our place here in the bottomland hardwoods near the Mississippi. They sometimes climb up the deck or windows looking for bugs at night. The skin looks darker in the low light, but these photos were taken with a flash. There is quite the chorus at night here after a rain - with at least 2-3 species all calling at once. However, I have not seen this frog since our serious flooding in this area a few months ago.

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elinpierce

Date

August 13, 2010

Description

This tiny frog lives in the deep woods, and they like to stay close to creeks and moist creek beds. I can see many of them hopping away as I walk, but they are very hard to spot. I don't know if this is full size, or these are just young individuals. I have seen some larger frogs on the forest floor, but they are fantastic leapers, and I can't keep up to find them, so I don't know if those are the same as this little guy.

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American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus) Anaxyrus americanus

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elinpierce

Date

August 13, 2010

Description

This frog is quite common around on the forest floor in these hardwood bottomlands. They don't jump to high or far, so if you're careful, you can get a close look. I think it looks like an American Toad, but I'm not sure. Any thoughts?

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elinpierce

Date

October 1, 2010

Description

I saw this salamander come out from under wood and leaf debris on the forest floor in dense hardwood bottomlands. It was gray with diffuse black bands throughout. As I tried to photo it, it scooted away so fast, I only got a shot of its tail; I couldn't locate it after that (it was too fast). I think it may be a Marbled Salamander, or a Tiger Salamander. ANy thoughts?

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Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus) Dolomedes tenebrosus

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elinpierce

Date

April 14, 2010

Description

This spider (body + legs) is almost the size of my entire hand! I found it in our bathtub, so I had ample time to photograph it as it couldn't climb out. We live deep in bottomland hardwood forest near the Mississippi, and it abounds with insects. This must have wandered in after prey. Any idea what it might be? I've discounted the brown recluse...

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Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinerea) Hyla cinerea

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elinpierce

Date

September 10, 2010

Description

This frog is about 3" long - and was fairly still -- I found it on the wall of the house during the day. I think it was waiting until dark to do its usual hunting here in SW TN hardwood bottomland forest. I have not seen any this year after our floods.

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elinpierce

Date

September 17, 2010

Description

This spider, hanging vertically in its rather messy web, is nearly the size of my hand (its legs included). They are quite common around this area of SW Tennessee; they seem to like gardens and open areas where they put their web between big plants to capture passerbys.

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elinpierce

Date

August 19, 2010

Description

I found this tiny spider hanging upside-down underneath a leaf within the deep hardwood bottomland forest near the Miss. river. It had stretched a couple threads across the pathway. It had a white triangle on the dorsal side. It is less than 1/4 inch long. What is this spp?

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Spotted Apatelodes (Apatelodes torrefacta) Apatelodes torrefacta

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elinpierce

Date

August 19, 2010

Description

This is the craziest caterpillar I have ever seen. I found this about 3 in long bright yellow hairy caterpillar walking along the forest floor in dense hardwood bottomlands near the Mississippi. When I picked it up with a stick, I could see that the ends of its legs were pink - it almost looked like it had pink tennis shoes! Check it out on the second photo. What in the world is this and what did it turn into? (I resisted the impulse to take it home to a terrarium!)

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elinpierce

Date

November 14, 2010

Description

This gorgeous, slender snake was crossing a wide, dirt path in the sun in an open field area bordering woodlands here in sw TN. It's not often we get a close look at a snake so we picked it up for a photo. My reptile ID book is for western states; any thoughts on the species of this beautiful specimen?

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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elinpierce

Date

August 23, 2010

Description

This 1.5 in long caterpillar was wandering along the rail of our deck. We have so many different kinds, and I always wonder what they will become. Any idea of the species? We live in bottomland hardwoods of sw TN, just a few mi from the Miss. river.

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Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) Hemaris diffinis [inactive]

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elinpierce

Date

August 27, 2010

Description

This is a large (2 in) pollinator with a hairy body, club antennae, and see-through wings. I wasn't sure if it was butterfly or moth, but it was *very* fast, and flew from flower to flower. Not numerous. I've seen some come around also to flowers at dusk; it's wings are just a blur to the eye.

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Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus) Lithobates sphenocephalus

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elinpierce

Date

July 22, 2011

Description

Deep in the hardwood bottomlands forest of sw TN, this fully grown anuran is quite numerous this year. Last month, when they were all small, I could never keep up to get a glimpse - they are fantastic leapers. This one jumped off the path to get away from me, jetting out a large arc of (water) and practically doing a flip into the leaf litter. There it stayed until I could inch close enough for the close up shot. Beauty. Any idea of the spp?

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North American Toads Genus Anaxyrus

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elinpierce

Date

July 23, 2011

Description

This small anuran was found in a creek bed deep in the woods (bottom land hardwoods); there was very little water left. Very few markings, but a stripe from the eye going down perhaps. My camera battery was flat so I had to use my cell phone (w/one hand!) Is any ID possible with these poor photos? Is this a member of the genus Acris (cricket frog)?

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North American Toads Genus Anaxyrus

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elinpierce

Date

July 22, 2011

Description

I found this frog hopping through the grass. It wasn't such a leaper that I couldn't catch him for a quick photo with my cell phone. Not good photos, but is an ID possible? It seems to have a rather brownish back, but gray legs.

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American Toad Anaxyrus americanus

Observer

elinpierce

Date

July 10, 2011

Description

I found this small one hopping through the tall grass near the woods (I could catch up), near our hardwood bottomlands (sw TN). I have only examined much larger American Toads, so I can't be too sure of this one, since it's much smaller. Also I can't recall the AT having that line down the back. Any thoughts?

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Tree Frogs and Allies Family Hylidae

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elinpierce

Date

July 23, 2011

Description

I found this tiny one (immature?) jumping through the cut grass of a meadow, near the forest edge.(Habitat: hardwood bottomlands of sw TN.) I photo'ed it inside a jar (you can see my hand for dimension)

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Tree Frogs and Allies Family Hylidae

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elinpierce

Date

July 24, 2011

Description

It came out at dusk and climbed our window, getting higher (and away from the much larger adult American Toad who had occupied the ledge). It's only about 1inch long. Could it be a Gray Tree frog with all those markings?

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Luna Moth Actias luna

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elinpierce

Date

July 29, 2011

Description

This is the most beautiful moth there is. It is large, about the size of my hand, and a faint green color with beautiful eye spots. I found it "asleep" upside down under a leaf deep in the hardwood bottomland forest here in sw TN. They don't seem to be too numerous, but I come across one once in a rare while, especially at night.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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elinpierce

Date

July 28, 2011

Description

This tiny moth was on our doorstep; it was no longer alive. There is a incredible variety of moths that come out at night here in the hardwood bottomland forests of sw TN. Any ideas as to the species of this one?

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Gray Treefrog Hyla versicolor

Observer

elinpierce

Date

August 4, 2011

Description

This is our household bug catcher; he/she stakes out our front door to catch the nighttime bugs. It's only about 1 inch long. This time, instead of just photographing it, I brought it inside to check for any yellow markings on the inside of the thighs...(thanks, Sapito!) Last one I looked at on the door was gray with black pattern (see my observ 24 July 11) , this one is greenish, but I believe them both to be the same species...

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Broad-headed Skink Plestiodon laticeps

Observer

elinpierce

Date

August 4, 2011

Description

This beautiful juvenile skink was hunting for insects on a front porch. The tail is a striking color, and it would move to one spot, then wave/curl the tail like a cat does. I am not sure how to count labial scales to distinguish this skink as Broad-headed, Common five-lined skink, or SE five-lined skink. Does the one in my photo show 4 or 5?

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Fowler's Toad Anaxyrus fowleri

Observer

elinpierce

Date

August 8, 2011

Description

This little pot-belly shares the outside ledge of the house with an other toad of the same size, but gray & black. This toad's skin is brick red (matches the ledge). I believe it is a Fowler's based on the parotoid glands and the warts per spot (2). See the second photo for a side-by-side comparison with the gray toad. The habitat is hardwood bottomland; moist deciduous forest.

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North American Toads Genus Anaxyrus

Observer

elinpierce

Date

August 9, 2011

Description

I found this youngster near a bike path in Meeman-Shelby Forest SP, hopping through the grass-edge in early morning. I have trouble telling if this is a young Fowler's or if it's an American Toad.

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eastern pipistrelle Perimyotis subflavus

Observer

elinpierce

Date

August 10, 2011

Description

This small bat was sleeping alone in a small room within the garage (open). I tried to get as close as possible but the bat was hanging from the tall ceiling, and it's very small.
It has been identified by Keith Hudson, AL non-game biologist and one of the state's bat experts. Here's what he says: Eastern pipistrelle. Note the pink forearms and elbows.

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elinpierce

Date

April 29, 2010

Description

This frog (Hylidae?) was about 1.5-2" long, and had climbed up on the railing of our cabin at night, about 10 ft from the forest edge. This area of Belize has fairly dense, hardwood forest, quite moist. These frogs were singing quite alot.

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elinpierce

Date

April 29, 2010

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(Somewhere...)

Description

This very young individual who was getting rained upon liked the banana it was offered by our guide, in the Community Baboon Sanctuary (see www.howlermonkeys.org). This org. consists of members in 7 local communities who have voluntarily agreed to manage their land in ways that will preserve their beloved “baboon” (the local term for the black howler monkey). Because of community-based efforts to preserve the howler, there are now 3,000 individuals living freely in the forests and buffer zones between people’s farms. One of the six species of howler monkeys in the world, the endangered black howlers, or Alouatta caraya, are the largest monkeys in the Americas.

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

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elinpierce

Date

August 10, 2011

Description

These young bachelors, recently independent from their parents, were strutting right down the driveway.... but still very cautious as turkeys usually are. They get quite big around here. Habitat: bottomland hardwood forest near the MS river. Seen in the am foraging.

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Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis) Scincella lateralis

Observer

elinpierce

Date

August 7, 2011

Description

Found this guy on the lawn -- it's just tiny, but very eager to get away. I couldn't show more of the body for the photos - it'd get away. Habitat: lawn next to bottomland hardwood forest, sw TN. Perhaps a very young Southeastern Five-lined Skink ?

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