What are they doing other than yelling at each other, as bros are wont to do?
Taken at the Long Island Sound, CT
Big and sparse at this location, so I was hoping for a different species.
Marginal teeth, purple area along the inner margin.
I believe this is the diploid version that lives on acidic rock. CT bedrock maps seem to show a bunch of gneiss in this area.
Very sluggish, probably shouldn't have emerged.
We found this one active adult newt on this unseasonably warm December day. Temperatures were around 51 F. Looks like a male ready to breed, right?
Larvae. Been looking for these for many winters! They lay eggs in the fall when the vernal pools are dry, the the young hatch when the pools fill in winter. They cam live under the ice until spring, when all the other animals show up, and they are massive badasses who eat everyone.
This wasn't exactly a true vernal pool since it was partially stream fed, but there was very little flow and clearly very tanic. The presence of an adult newt was a bit troubling, suggesting it might not be ephemeral, but I don't know what other salamander would be this well developed in December.
A crazy Physcia?
On white oak. I'll revisit this when I'm less tired. I feel like this has to be identifiable, though.
Unknown reindeer lichen, growing in the exposed areas under the powerlines.
Except I don't see CT records on CNALH.
This keys as Parmotrema reticulatum for me, but I'm not entirely sure if what's going on at the lobe tips are soredia. They aren't big puffy soralia like you see in pics of that species. If they're isidia they lead to some different species, but those don't sound quite right either. I believe this was growing on mountain laurel, which seemed like it was hosting a number of lichens.
An unknown crust. Not really hoping to ID it, just though it looked pretty.
Not really keying for me. Seems like it has lobules, rhizines, but few other distinguishing features.
? Newt? Marbled salamander?