I am an Entomologist by training, but I am interested in just about anything that's alive. I moved from gorgeous SE Arizona to Washington, DC 6 years ago, but I still go back occasionally. Nowadays, I get my critterfix mostly by exploring Rock Creek Park on the weekend. Pretty amazing what you can find in the middle of a crowded metropolitan area. I also get around quite a bit visiting my family in Spain once or twice a year and traveling for my job with the Encyclopedia of Life.

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Keroplatidae - Photo (c) urasimaru, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Keroplatidae Info
Mycetophilidae is a family of small flies, forming the bulk of those species known as fungus gnats. There are approximately 3000 described species in 150 genera but the true number of species is undoubtedly much higher. They are generally found in the damp habitats favoured by their host fungi and sometimes form dense swarms. (From Wikipedia)
Sacred Lotus - Photo (c) Martin Miranda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Sacred Lotus Info
Nelumbo nucifera, known by numerous common names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is one of two species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. The Linnaean binomial Nelumbo nucifera (Gaertn.) is the currently recognized name for this species, which has been classified under the former names, Nelumbium speciosum (Willd.) and Nymphaea nelumbo, among others. Names other than Nelumbo nucifera (Gaertn.) are obsolete synonyms and should not be used in current... (From Wikipedia)
Dark Fishing Spider - Photo (c) WabbyTwaxx, all rights reserved, uploaded by John Beatty C
Dark Fishing Spider Info
The Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus) is a fishing spider found in northeastern North America. (From Wikipedia)
Beetle Flies - Photo (c) Charles Lam, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Beetle Flies Info
Celyphidae, commonly known as beetle flies or beetle-backed flies, are a family of flies (Order Diptera). About 90 species are known from the Oriental and Afrotropic biogeographic regions. (From Wikipedia)
Diopsidae - Photo (c) 潘立傑 LiChieh Pan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Diopsidae Info
Stalk-eyed flies are insects of the fly family Diopsidae. The family is distinguished from most other flies by the possession of "eyestalks": projections from the sides of the head with the eyes at the end. Some fly species from other families such as Drosophilidae, Platystomatidae, and Tephritidae have similar heads but the unique character of Diopsidae is that the antennae are located on the stalk, rather than in the middle of the head as in all... (From Wikipedia)
Richardiidae - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Richardiidae Info
Richardiidae is a family of Diptera in the superfamily Tephritoidea. (From Wikipedia)
Platystomatidae - Photo (c) Cécile Bassaglia, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Platystomatidae Info
Platystomatidae (signal flies) is a distinctive family of flies (Diptera). Signal flies are worldwide in distribution, found in all the ecozones, but predominate in the tropics. It is one of the larger families of acalyptrate Diptera with around 1200 species in 119 genera. (From Wikipedia)
Kinkajou - Photo (c) Joe Philipson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Kinkajou Info
The kinkajou (Potos flavus) is a rainforest mammal of the family Procyonidae related to olingos, coatis, raccoons, and the ringtail and cacomistle. It is the only member of the genus Potos and is also known as the "honey bear" (a name that it shares with the sun bear). Kinkajous may be mistaken for ferrets or monkeys, but are not closely related to either. Native to Central America and South America, this mostly frugivorous, arboreal mammal is... (From Wikipedia)
mangroves - Photo (c) Alex Popovkin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
mangroves Info
Rhizophoraceae is a family constituted by tropical or subtropical flowering plants. Among the better known members are mangrove trees of the genus Rhizophora. There are around 149 species distributed in sixteen genera, most native to the Old World. (From Wikipedia)
Lecythis ampla - Photo (c) Quirico Jiménez., some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Lecythis ampla Info
Lecythis ampla is a species of woody plant in the Lecythidaceae family, which also includes the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa). Common names include coco, olla de mono, jicaro and salero. It is found in Central and South America. It has been considered an endangered species in Costa Rica (IUCN, 1988). (From Wikipedia)
Bisporella - Photo (c) Alansflics, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Bisporella Info
Bisporella is a genus of fungi in the family Helotiaceae. The genus contains 19 species. (From Wikipedia)
Antrodia - Photo (c) Trent Pearce, all rights reserved C
Antrodia Info
Antrodia is a genus of fungi in the family Fomitopsidaceae. Antrodia species have fruiting bodies that typically lie flat or spread out on the growing surface, with the hymenium exposed to the outside; the edges may be turned so as to form narrow brackets. Most species are found in temperate and boreal forests, and cause brown rot. (From Wikipedia)
indigo milk cap - Photo (c) Rpblk, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
indigo milk cap Info
Lactarius indigo, commonly known as the indigo milk cap, the indigo (or blue) Lactarius, or the blue milk mushroom, is a species of agaric fungus in the family Russulaceae. A widely distributed species, it grows naturally in eastern North America, East Asia, and Central America; it has also been reported in southern France. L. indigo grows on the ground in both deciduous and coniferous forests, where it forms mycorrhizal associations with a broad range of trees. The... (From Wikipedia)
Long-legged flies - Photo (c) James Niland, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Long-legged flies Info
Dolichopodidae, the long-legged flies, make up a large family of true flies with more than 7,000 described species in about 230 genera distributed worldwide. The genus Dolichopus is the most speciose, with some 600 species. They are generally small flies with large, prominent eyes and a metallic cast to their appearance, though considerable variation is observed. Most have long legs, though some do not. The males often have enlarged genitalia which can be useful for species... (From Wikipedia)