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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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)
American beech - Photo (c) copepodo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
American beech Info
Fagus grandifolia, commonly known as American Beech or North American beech, is a species of beech tree. This is Latin for: Fagus, Beech; grandi, great; folia, leaves. It is native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia west to southern Ontario in southeastern Canada, west to Wisconsin and south to eastern Texas and northern Florida in the United States. Trees in the southern half of the range are sometimes distinguished as a variety, F. grandifolia var.... (From Wikipedia)
Verdin - Photo (c) Henry T. McLin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Verdin Info
The Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) is a species of penduline tit. It is the only species in the genus Auriparus, and the only species in the family to be found in the New World. (From Wikipedia)
Scale Insects - Photo (c) Josh McDill, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Scale Insects Info
The scale insects are small insects of the order Hemiptera, suborder Sternorrhyncha. They comprise the superfamily Coccoidea, previously placed in the now deprecated suborder Homoptera. There are about 8,000 described species of scale insects. (From Wikipedia)
Zebra Swallowtail - Photo (c) Larry Meade, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Zebra Swallowtail Info
The Zebra Swallowtail (Protographium marcellus, formerly listed under genera Eurytides, Iphiclides, Graphium and Papilio by some authorities) is a swallowtail butterfly native to the eastern United States and southeast Canada. Its distinctive wing shape and long tails make it easy to identify, and its black and white-striped pattern is reminiscent of a zebra. The butterflies are closely associated with pawpaws, and are rarely found far from these trees. The green or black caterpillars feed on the... (From Wikipedia)
Thread-winged Antlions - Photo (c) Joaquim Maceira, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Thread-winged Antlions Info
Spoonwings or Nemopteridae are a family of neuropteran insects. They are also called Thread-winged Antlions. Their flight is delicate and they have a circling flight to avoid walls when they are trapped indoors. The long streamer is conspicuous when the insects are flying and these are the elongated and spatulate hindwings. (From Wikipedia)
Ocean Sunfish - Photo (c) Grantuking, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Ocean Sunfish Info
The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended. (From Wikipedia)
Neriidae - Photo (c) Ted MacRae, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Neriidae Info
Neriidae is a family of true flies (Diptera) closely related to the Micropezidae. Some species are known as cactus flies while others have been called banana stalk flies and the family was earlier treated as subfamily of the Micropezidae which are often called stilt-legged flies. Like the Micropezidae, they have long legs and are found in damp or rotting vegetation where. They however differ in having no significant reduction of the forelegs as seen in the... (From Wikipedia)
Stilt-legged Flies - Photo (c) ObsidianSoul, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Stilt-legged Flies Info
The Micropezidae are a moderate-sized family of acalyptrate muscoid flies in the insect order Diptera, comprising about 500 species in about 50 genera and 5 subfamilies worldwide, (except New Zealand and Macquarie Island). They are most diverse in tropical and subtropical habitats, especially in the Neotropical Region. (From Wikipedia)
Entomophthorales - Photo (c) bathyporeia, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Entomophthorales Info
The Entomophthorales are an order of fungi that were previously classified in the class Zygomycetes. A new subphylum, Entomophthoromycotina, has recently been described for them. (From Wikipedia)
Fruit Flies - Photo (c) Cécile Bassaglia, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Fruit Flies Info
Tephritidae is one of two fly families referred to as "fruit flies", the other family being Drosophilidae. Tephritidae does not include the biological model organisms of the genus Drosophila (in the family Drosophilidae), which is often called the "common fruit fly". There are nearly 5,000 described species of tephritid fruit fly, categorized in almost 500 genera . Description, recategorization, and genetic analysis are constantly changing the taxonomy of this family. To distinguish them from the Drosophilidae,... (From Wikipedia)
Leafhoppers - Photo (c) Marco Gaiani, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Leafhoppers Info
Leafhopper is a common name applied to any species from the family Cicadellidae. These minute insects, colloquially known as hoppers, are plant feeders that suck plant sap from grass, shrubs, or trees. Their hind legs are modified for jumping, and are covered with hairs that facilitate the spreading of a secretion over their bodies that acts as a water repellent and carrier of pheromones. They undergo an incomplete metamorphosis, and have various host associations, varying from... (From Wikipedia)