found in Juniperus virginiana woodland
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden
dead on road
at light at night
photo by Kim Diamond
An American Mink (Neovison vison) swimming in Capps Creek, Newton County, Missouri.
An interesting checkered pattern on the abdomen that seemed to change with the angle of light.
Sarcophaga sp. (Diptera: Calyptratae: Oestroidea: Sarcophagidae: Sarcophaginae).
Citygarden, St. Louis City, MO
20 June 2013
The coyote wandered into a clearing in the wooded area behind my yard and appeared to be sniffing around the ground, and investigated some trash that had blown in. It came close to the houses, but stayed just beyond the edge of the mowed grass.
Under a piece of tin in an area where pine voles are usually found.
Deceased rabbit in rigor mortis.
A pair of mating box turtles. Apparently, the male makes gasping noises sometimes!
This snake appeared soon after one of the baby robins fell and was killed by my dog, so I hand-fed it the dead bird. It really did begin swallowing it from my hand, which I imagine is a rare (and fascinating!) experience. Evidently, it was aware of the nest of robins above it, so it attempted to climb, unsuccessfully. Its method was very clever, though.
I observed these four young robins develop in their nest (and out of it, when one fell) throughout May 2013. Two died while only partially fledged, and two left the nest successfully.
40-50 newly hatched mantids, with their ootheca; picture taken on the day they hatched. Unfortunately, they happened to hatch on the day before I left Missouri to come to California for UC Davis, so I only got to be with them for no more than a day, alas.
maybe equalis, at light at night
The female I originally found a month earlier (in mid-late August) on the raspberry bush in my backyard; I had read about people raising mantids, so I put her in my back porch, which was covered in a screen with the door open to the outside such that various insects would fly in daily, providing the mantis with an easy source of food (mostly flies). The male came to the back porch a few weeks later. Both stayed there until late November at the male's death and the female's disappearance.
These mantids are mating in the pictures; the date of my observation of the mating is what is recorded. The female never ate the male. The female did lay an ootheca, the hatching of which is recorded in another Observation.
I found this individual sprinting across the lot of a gas station. At first, I was still holding the gas pump while my grandmother got pizza, so I could only follow it with my eyes for a while; but when the gas finished filling, I had the beetle running along my arm over and over (not an easy task), though it did stop and rest on my wrist eventually. It stayed there while I brought it home to my backyard (which is where the picture was taken).
I saw multiple other individuals during the spring this one was found, including at least five in one night around midnight on my driveway and front yard (in addition to the numerous june beetles).
on Symphyotrichum flowers
on Xanthium strumarium
HEM Pentatomidae Oebalus pugnax
on Juniperus virginiana