Plant leaves are smooth and soft. As if one stuffed a really thick Ziploc bag with jelly. The edges of the leaves are also jagged and sharp.
Leaves undulate along the edges but do not make sharp edges. Holes were prevalent due to leaf miners.
Creature is brown and moves in a relatively slow and jerky manner. Legs fall off readily so handle with care. Beyond that, it generally resembles a stick.
In caterpillar stage this insect's brown body is covered in a white fur with two black horn like protrusions at both ends of it's body.
Habitat: Found on a leaf growing on one of the lower branches of a Mongolian Oak tree. The branch faced directly towards the Anacostia River, and was the lowerest branch to face this direction.
Observations: Very small, <1mm. Small black head. Black and grey body.
Habitat: Found on a leaf of a Mongolian Oak tree. The leaf was on one of the lowest branches, facing upstream in reference to the Anacostia River.
Observations: Small black head. Yellow-White body. About 1mm in length.
Habitat: On an oak leaf deep in the forest of the arboretum. I entered the forest from the small parking lot where the foot trail begins, and walked west until I came to this location.
Observations: long legs curved at the end with joints. Narrow, slim upper body. Thick lower body. Triangular head.
Habitat: A small clearing along the riverside in an otherwise densely forested area. Tree stands alone to the right of a dock extending out into the Anacostia river.
Observations: Leaves long and lobed. Leaf color ranges from red-brown to dark green. Leaves tough and leathery. Leaf lobes end in "teethed" points.
Habitat: The area was inside the National Arboretum, and densely forested. The forest was a native oak and hickory type. The tree is at the top of a small hill entering heavily forested area from the small parking lot, with the parking lot entrance to the right a and footpath to the left.
Observations: shallow lobed leaves, deep green color. Brown-grey bark. Leaves have one main vein that branches many times.
Black headed leaf tier, beige body, about 1 cm long
Small yellowish leaf tier with black lines down back
Found on leaf of White Oak tree on Mount Hamilton
Mongolian Oak tree (from South Korea) planted in 1989 nearby Anacostia River (urban DC).
This baby Eastern Box turtle was found in a hole the size of two human fists under logs and grasses. There were actually two of these found, that were both the size of half a palm. These are an extremely rare/hard find!
One starling foraging on the sidewalk.
Approximately 20 male and female House Sparrows foraging in Wire Grass gone to seed in the school garden beds.
Approximately ten male and female House Sparrows foraging in the garden beds, and perching in the bushes.
Several individuals in different instars. You can see some shed exoskeletons in the second photo.
Just testing. Will delete.
This spider has an impressive web built in the corner.
Very excited to see a Monarch! This male is missing a chunk from the right hindwing.
Found while gardening.