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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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-NC) 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-NC) 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)
Citheronia splendens - Photo (c) David Bygott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Citheronia splendens Info
The Splendid Royal Moth (Citheronia splendens) is a moth of the Saturniidae family. It is found from southern Arizona south into central and south-eastern Mexico. (From Wikipedia)
Moneilema gigas - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Moneilema gigas Info
Moneilema gigas is a large, flightless, black beetle native to the Sonoran desert at elevations below 1500 metres. The front wings are fused forming a single, hardened shell. Collectively - with 19 other Moneilema species - M. Gigas is also known as the Cactus longhorn beetle. (From Wikipedia)
Flame Skimmer - Photo (c) Franco Folini, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Flame Skimmer Info
The Flame Skimmer or Firecracker Skimmer (Libellula saturata) is a common dragonfly of the family Libellulidae, native to western North America. (From Wikipedia)
Northern Tamandua - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Northern Tamandua Info
The northern tamandua (Tamandua mexicana) is a species of tamandua, a small anteater in the family Myrmecophagidae. They live in tropical and subtropical forests from southern Mexico, through Central America, and to the edge of the northern Andes. (From Wikipedia)
Sepsis punctum - Photo (c) Ombrosoparacloucycle, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Sepsis punctum Info
Sepsis punctum is a European species of fly and member of the family Sepsidae. (From Wikipedia)

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