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 5 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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Stictomyia longicornis - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Stictomyia longicornis Info
Stictomyia longicornis is a species of ulidiid or picture-winged fly in the genus Stictomyia of the family Ulidiidae. (From Wikipedia)
Picture-winged Flies - Photo (c) Dann Thombs, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Picture-winged Flies Info
Ulidiidae (formerly Otitidae) is a large and diverse cosmopolitan family of flies (Diptera), and, as in related families, most species are herbivorous or saprophagous. They are often known as picture-winged flies, along with members of other families in the superfamily Tephritoidea that have patterns of bands or spots on the wings. Some species share with the Tephritidae an unusual elongated posteroapical projection of the anal cell in the wing, but can be differentiated by the smoothly-curving... (From Wikipedia)
Treehoppers - Photo (c) Anne, all rights reserved C
Treehoppers Info
Treehoppers (more precisely typical treehoppers to distinguish them from the Aetalionidae) and thorn bugs are members of the family Membracidae, a group of insects related to the cicadas and the leafhoppers. About 3,200 species of treehoppers in over 400 genera are known. They are found on all continents except Antarctica; only three species are known from Europe. (From Wikipedia)
Dewdrop Spiders - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Dewdrop Spiders Info
Spiders of the genus Argyrodes (Theridiidae), also called dewdrop spiders, occur worldwide. They are best known as kleptoparasites: they steal other spiders' prey. They invade and reside in their host's web even though they can spin their own webs. However, the relationship can sometimes be commensal or even mutual since the dewdrop spider can feed on small trapped insects that are not eaten by the host. Some species can even prey upon the host. Many species... (From Wikipedia)
Sunbittern - Photo (c) Cláudio Dias Timm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Sunbittern Info
The Sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) is a bittern-like bird of tropical regions of the Americas, and the sole member of the family Eurypygidae (sometimes spelled Eurypigidae) and genus Eurypyga. It ranges from Mexico to southern Peru, showing three extant subspecies. The Subbittern show both morphological and molecular similarities with the Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) of New Caledonia, indicating an gondwanic origin, being both placed in the clade Eurypygiformes. (From Wikipedia)
Soldier Flies - Photo (c) Eugene Zelenko, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Soldier Flies Info
The soldier flies (Stratiomyidae, sometimes misspelled as Stratiomyiidae. From Greek στρατιώτης - soldier; μυια - fly), are a family of flies (historically placed in the now-obsolete group Orthorrhapha). The family contains about 1,500 species in about 400 genera worldwide. Adults are found near larval habitats. Larvae can be found in a diverse array of situations mostly in wetlands and damp places in soil, sod, under bark, and in animal excrement and decaying organic matter. They are... (From Wikipedia)
Tulip Tree - Photo (c) Aydin Örstan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Tulip Tree Info
Liriodendron tulipifera — known as the tulip tree, American tulip tree, tuliptree, tulip poplar, whitewood, fiddle-tree, and yellow poplar — is the Western Hemisphere representative of the two-species genus Liriodendron, and the tallest eastern hardwood. It is native to eastern North America from Southern Ontario and Illinois eastward across southern New England and south to central Florida and Louisiana. It can grow to more than 50 m (165 feet) in virgin cove forests of the Appalachian Mountains,... (From Wikipedia)
Blue Dasher - Photo (c) Vicki DeLoach, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Blue Dasher Info
The Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) is a dragonfly of the skimmer family. It is common and widely distributed in the United States. (From Wikipedia)
Niphidium crassifolium - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Niphidium crassifolium Info
Niphidium crassifolium commonly known as the graceful fern is a species of fern in the Polypodiaceae family found in Central and South America. It is predominantly an epiphytic, growing on other plants for example in the canopies of trees, but is occasionally grows on rocks or on the ground, particularly at higher altitude. It has a rhizome from which many fine rootlets covered in dark reddish-brown scales grow. Together they form a root basket, which when... (From Wikipedia)
Cordycipitaceae - Photo (c) Jason Hollinger, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Cordycipitaceae Info
The Cordycipitaceae are a family of parasitic fungi in the Ascomycota, class Sordariomycetes. The family was first published in 1969 by mycologist Hanns Kreisel, but the naming was invalid according to the code of International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants. It was validly published in 2007. (From Wikipedia)
Callopistromyia annulipes - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Callopistromyia annulipes Info
Callopistromyia annulipes is a species of ulidiid or picture-winged fly in the genus Callopistromyia of the family Ulidiidae. (From Wikipedia)
Great-tailed Grackle - Photo (c) Mike Baird, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Great-tailed Grackle Info
The Great-tailed Grackle or Mexican Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) is a medium-sized, gregarious passerine bird native to North and South America. A member of the family Icteridae, it is one of ten extant species of grackle and is closely related to the Boat-tailed Grackle and the Slender-billed Grackle. It is sometimes referred to as a “blackbird”. It is a New World blackbird and unrelated to any of the five species of Old World blackbirds (all of which... (From Wikipedia)

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