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Boletes and Allies Order Boletales

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gage3

Date

September 15, 2018 05:44 PM CDT

Description

Unknown dense, sponge-like mushroom in North Central Texas

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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connlindajo

Date

September 12, 2018 06:56 PM CDT

Description

Voracious spider captured hummingbird in web at sugar feeder. I did not think about location of web, other than it was uncomfortable to avoid when going through garden gate, when I rehung the feeder. A few hours later, she had trapped and beheaded and wrapped the hummingbird.

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Flies Order Diptera

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lce783

Date

September 11, 2018 01:02 PM CDT
Fungi

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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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joecole343

Date

September 3, 2018 12:24 PM CDT

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Non-biting Midges Family Chironomidae

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berndtherat

Date

August 28, 2018 03:10 PM CEST

Description

Foto 1: The observed insect.
Foto 2: A tongue.
Foto 3: The frog who ate my observation.

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Graybark Grape Vitis cinerea

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sambiology

Date

July 28, 2018 07:31 AM CDT

Description

What a great time I had with fellow naturalists at Palo Pinto Mountains State Park (it is still closed to the public, so we had special permission to access the property). It was mighty dry, and the plants were pretty crispy, but we still spotted lots of cool things. It makes me tremendously happy to hang out with this community. :)

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Emerald Ash Borer Agrilus planipennis

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sammyjames

Date

March 28, 2017 07:18 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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sheliahargis

Date

October 21, 2017 10:55 AM CDT

Description

Not sure what is going on but this is the fourth birder that I know of who has had a phoebe perch on their binoculars or on their person at Commons Ford.

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Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

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greglasley

Date

June 20, 1975

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Came across a 43 year old slide that I had not posted before, so I scanned it for iNat. On June 20, 1975 (date written on original slide) I saw this male Painted Bunting in my back yard in south Austin. I recognized it from a cover illustration on the Robbins field guide I had at that time. It was my first Painted Bunting. It was this experience that drove me to go to a local Audubon meeting where I met other birdwatchers and began my life long interest in nature and photography.

Image 1 highly cropped, image 2 is the whole original image.

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Rough Greensnake Opheodrys aestivus

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laurakeene

Date

June 24, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

Description

Eating a katydid

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April 7, 2018 11:03 AM PDT

Description

I was looking for cluster of Veliids on the banks of the Rio Grande and found these Gerrids instead. Huge thanks to Alysa for being brave enough to go out and catch these. And to Chris for doing the detective work back at home!

Large clusters of these striders were found in shady areas beside the Devil's River, ranging from 10-30 feet from shore.

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alisonnorthup

Date

June 10, 2018 06:32 PM CDT

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Legumes Family Fabaceae

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sehnature

Date

May 27, 2018 11:05 AM CDT
Mollusks

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Molluscs Phylum Mollusca

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cedric_lee

Date

April 27, 2013

Description

Note: This image was not taken in one shot. It is a compilation of 54 images with the shells scaled in size in relation to the penny. The identifications of these shells can be found on http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/cedric_lee/2013/4/27.

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Stream Bluet Enallagma exsulans

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briangooding

Date

May 8, 2018 03:56 PM CDT

Description

Male Enallagma exsulans landing on abdomen of male Argia immunda

These two had a few back-and-forth interactions concerning this spot in the creek.

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Long-tailed Weasel Mustela frenata

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hollyg

Date

May 7, 2018 06:55 PM PDT

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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Date

May 5, 2018 05:27 PM CDT

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Human Homo sapiens

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anewman

Date

April 30, 2018 07:41 AM CDT

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Human Homo sapiens

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eminoid

Date

April 29, 2018 03:34 PM CDT

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sambiology

Date

April 7, 2018

Description

Had such a blast with other iNatters at the Del Rio gathering. I saw lots and lots of new plants and animals -- so these ID's are tentative. I'll have to do a little more digging later.
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/sambiology/15447-spending-time-with-inat-community-in-del-rio

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Western Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus

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amzapp

Date

April 6, 2018 07:09 PM CDT

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

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tom15

Date

December 5, 2015 10:28 AM EST

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Human Homo sapiens

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nanofishology

Date

April 6, 2018 11:39 PM CDT

Description

Come on, I had to. The great @gcwarbler (who is a salmon and/or trout) with his friends. Excellent night for mothing. This was one of four sheets.

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Cape Snake Lizard Chamaesaura anguina

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vynbos

Date

March 30, 2018 01:51 PM SAST

Description

The lizard was so intent on keeping its prey it didn't skedaddle, giving us a chance to take pictures.
I assume it wasn't scavenging and actually caught it, but you've got to be fast to catch these insects!
Prey here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10597608

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chanddgreen

Date

March 16, 2018

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Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus

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bouteloua

Date

August 24, 2013

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Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

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greglasley

Date

September 23, 2015

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Between 21-24 September I observed and photographed 24 different color banded Piping Plovers on the upper Texas coast and adjacent Louisiana. 22 in Texas, 2 in Louisiana. I have provided data and photos on all these birds to various governmental agencies in the U.S. and Canada, as well as several universities who are involved in various projects with Piping Plovers. I'll hold off posting these to iNat until I get data on the bird and its origin. I received info on this bird today, so I'll post that record here for the information to be available on iNat for anyone interested.

Piping Plover U13
23 September 2015
Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, Galveston Co., Texas
29.5108
-94.4908
Right leg above joint: metal numbered band
Right leg below joint: white over blue
Left leg above joint: yellow flag with black lettering “U1?”
Left leg below joint: blue over white

USGS Missouri River Tern & Plover Team
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Jamestown, North Dakota
Piping Plover U13 - banded as an adult on 28 May 2015 on an alkali lake near Mercer, ND.

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February 27, 2018 09:59 AM AST

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beschwar

Date

January 8, 2018 10:36 AM CST

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

This species was tentatively recorded as non-fossil by @benhutchins in June of 2015.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2705512

A fresh-looking shell was also documented and suspected to occur as non-fossil by Richard Fullington in his 1979 report of Land and Freshwater Mollusca of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, but that report seems as if it had been forgotten until recently.

After much debate among us and several other experts about the fossil vs. non-fossil status of that shell (Oreohelix spp have been recorded from the Guads in fossil in previous work), we finally had an opportunity to return to this area and search for this species and perhaps answer the question once and for all. My bet was on non-fossil.

Benjamin Hutchins, Zachary Schwartz (my son), and I took a 2-day backpacking and sampling trip into the high Guads. Soon after arriving at the approximate site where Ben had previously found the shell, we started finding bleached dead shells, then a very fresh dead shell, and then finally 6 live specimens! We were also sampling litter to document the snail community in this habitat, and a number of other species also occur there.

Aside from the excitement of the 'snail hunt', this is a significant find for snail diversity in TX, because it definitively adds a new family to the list of snail fauna in the state. Thanks to Ben for instigating this search and for inviting us to be a part of it.

At this point, we are calling this Oreohelix neomexicana. It fits the description for that species reasonably well, though there is apparently significant variation in size and shape in the species. I am not aware of any molecular work that has been done to confirm that these mountain-top species from various ranges in NM are all the same species. The nearest site where it has been documented in NM is in the Sacramento Mountains.

Found on a west-facing slope. Collected with permission and permit.

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Scale Insects Superfamily Coccoidea

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dava123

Date

November 12, 2017 08:56 AM CET

Description

on the tree

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Pacific White Skate Bathyraja spinosissima

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jennifer_long

Date

July 30, 2017 01:37 PM PDT

Description

Paul Revere Ridge. This huge guy surprised me!

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kimberlietx

Date

April 27, 2017 10:11 PM CDT

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Giant Otter Pteronura brasiliensis

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birdernaturalist

Date

September 20, 2011 06:51 AM MDT

Description

Giant Otter

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Takin Budorcas taxicolor

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tomdriscoll

Date

March 31, 2014 10:50 AM EDT

Place

Bhutan (Google, OSM)

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Takin Budorcas taxicolor

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peterhma

Date

April 4, 2007 10:37 AM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

In a reserve.

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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jcentavo

Date

January 20, 2018 12:17 PM CST

Description

Leucistic Red Tailed Hawk

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Boulder Jewel Platycypha fitzsimonsi

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ricky_taylor

Date

January 21, 2018 08:20 AM SAST

Description

Boulder Jewel.

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heatherpickard

Date

November 29, 2017 11:24 PM EST

Description

First US record

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Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platirhinos

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greglasley

Date

June 20, 1961

Description

This record gleaned from the pages of "A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians" by Roger Conant in the Peterson field guide series. I had a 1958 copyright edition of this book as a teenager, and still have it. In my younger years I wrote the location and date where I saw and/or captured certain species directly onto the pages of this book, and thus the information to provide this record comes from that. The first 6500+ records I posted on iNat had photo documentation, but now I am posting these records which do not have photos just to provide the data point for the species and location as best as I can for the historical record.

I was 11 years old at the time of this observation, and I still recall the snake spreading its neck like a cobra, hissing, etc. It made a huge impression on me. I was on a local boy scout hike and the leader knew what the snake was.

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ivijayanand

Date

October 27, 2013 07:24 AM IST

Description

Location: Makunda Christian Hospital, Karimganj District, Assam

Date: 27th October 2013

Equipment: Nikon D300s with Micro-Nikkor 105mm

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

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swampy

Date

January 4, 2018 01:03 PM EST

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gcwarbler

Date

December 30, 2017 12:05 PM CST

Description

My uploads will be nothing if not diverse! We were birding La Barqueta Preserve near the resort of the same name and took a moment to walk over to the dark gray volcanic sand beach to do a little beach combing. Mary Kay noticed this small clam at the high tide line. For size perspective, my index finger is about 20 mm across.

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Giraffe Weevil Trachelophorus giraffa

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greglasley

Date

December 13, 2017 10:09 AM CST

Description

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park,
Madagascar
13 December 2017

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Walckenaer's Studded Arkys Arkys walckenaeri

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simongrove

Date

January 2, 2017 02:24 PM AEDT

Description

Triangular spider Arkys walckenaeri, Sandfly, Tasmania January 2017

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White Witch Thysania agrippina

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gcwarbler

Date

December 14, 2017 12:23 AM CST

Description

You know you’ve found a large moth when…

1. After a 40 year career as a wildlife biologist, you can’t believe what you’re seeing is real.

2. Your ruler isn’t long enough to get a good measurement (2nd image), so you go back to get a longer ruler (3rd image) and that isn’t long enough, so you scramble around to find a carpenter’s measuring tape to fully span the wings (4th image).

3. Your astonishment is like the joy of a child on Christmas morning; you start laughing and giggling uncontrollably.

4. The largest moth on your sheet has a wingspan 40X the size of the smallest one.

5. You stay up until 3:30 a.m. journaling about one moth.

6. You start taking selfies...with a moth (last image).

To the best of my ability to measure this critter, the wingspan (with a bit of the tip of the right FW missing) is about 27.8 cm, so it would probably be about 28.5 cm (11.2 in) if it were intact. The species is said to have the largest wingspan of any Lepidopteran in the world.

The moth was initially discovered on the sheet by Mary Kay Sexton. I had overlooked it.

To read more of the story, see:
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/gcwarbler/13211-mothing-in-panama

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American Kestrel Falco sparverius

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castlegrande

Date

November 13, 2017 02:23 PM CST

Description

Kestrel was perched in tree with the two blue jays. I was fortunate to be firing away when they took off.

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Gulf Salt Marsh Snake Nerodia clarkii ssp. clarkii

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dpom

Date

November 12, 2017 08:42 AM PST

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hydaticus

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September 16, 2017 11:15 AM CDT

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Botta's Pocket Gopher Thomomys bottae

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jaykeller

Date

August 20, 2017 10:18 AM PDT

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Western Black-Tailed Rattlesnake Crotalus molossus

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muir

Date

August 20, 2017 02:58 PM EDT

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Red Imported Fire Ant Solenopsis invicta

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sandra87

Date

August 26, 2017 12:15 PM CDT

Description

Hurricane Harvey animal

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Jaguar Panthera onca

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greglasley

Date

August 12, 2017 03:45 PM CDT

Description

These were the first Jaguars we encountered on our first boat ride on the Cuiaba River hoping to see these animals. This pair was loafing on a hot afternoon along a sand bank of the river. The pair mated several times. Later the female came to the edge of the river to drink.

Cuiaba River,
near Porto Jofre,
Pantanal,
Brazil
12 August 2017

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Malayan Banded-Pitta Hydrornis irena

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robbythai

Date

May 1, 2016 03:24 PM +07

Place

Thailand (Google, OSM)

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pfau_tarleton

Date

May 28, 2017 08:54 PM CDT

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Golden-spotted Tiger Beetle Cicindela aurulenta

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kwongchungman

Date

August 11, 2017 12:05 PM HKT

Description

金斑虎甲

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Plains Pocket Gopher Geomys bursarius

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pfau_tarleton

Date

March 18, 2017 01:29 PM CDT

Description

Another, evidently newly discovered, population of Geomys. Will need genetic work to determine species.

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Ringtails Genus Erpetogomphus

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xrubbersoul

Date

July 16, 2015 09:54 AM CDT

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Garden Snail Cornu aspersum

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mandresposso

Date

March 24, 2017 01:27 PM CET

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Sheep Frog Hypopachus variolosus

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mako252

Date

August 3, 2017 09:03 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

one of dozens calling

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Eastern Cicada Killer Sphecius speciosus

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scottking

Date

July 31, 2017 10:30 AM CDT

Description

Eastern Cicada Killer
with captured Dog-day Cicada (Tibicen canicularis)
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

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Wolf's Evening Primrose Oenothera wolfii

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cloudya

Date

July 8, 2017 02:27 PM HST

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Comal Springs Dryopid Beetle Stygoparnus comalensis

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beschwar

Date

July 31, 2017 02:46 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Collected in a drift net at a known locality, with a valid USFWS permit. Approximately 3 mm long.

These are stunningly beautiful beetles in real life. 😊

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scottking

Date

July 28, 2017 03:20 PM CDT

Description

Robber Fly, female
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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nanofishology

Date

July 19, 2017 08:21 PM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Hanging Thieves Genus Diogmites

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Date

July 14, 2017 02:06 PM EDT

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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July 3, 2017 04:33 PM CDT

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

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tadamcochran

Date

July 14, 2017 09:23 AM CDT

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Mediterranean House Gecko Hemidactylus turcicus

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wildcarrot

Date

June 24, 2017 11:21 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Rough Stink Bugs Genus Brochymena

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nanofishology

Date

July 8, 2017 05:10 PM CDT

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Red-tailed Pennant Brachymesia furcata

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Date

July 3, 2017

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tdavenport

Date

July 1, 2017 08:49 AM HST

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Perched along edge of abandoned irrigation canal

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Texas Tortoise Gopherus berlandieri

Date

July 1, 2017 08:39 AM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Coyote Canis latrans

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mchlfx

Date

June 25, 2017 08:44 AM CDT

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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daniel112

Date

June 25, 2017 12:36 PM CDT

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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

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finatic

Date

May 28, 2017 11:53 AM PDT

Description

Park County, Wyoming, US

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Texas Coralsnake Micrurus tener

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txherpbird

Date

June 5, 2017 08:55 PM CDT

Description

74 degrees F., light rain

Eating DeKay's Brown snake

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Plain-bellied Watersnake Nerodia erythrogaster

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hydaticus

Date

June 2, 2017 09:19 PM CDT

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

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briangooding

Date

June 3, 2017 12:37 PM CDT

Description

Male Pachydiplax longipennis attempting to wipe rain from eyes

I went out the other day as it was about to rain to see if I could follow some dragonflies and find the best types of places they hole-up when it rains.

I got there a little too late and the rain was coming down pretty heavily so I just hung out under some tree cover and looked around.

As I moved from one covered spot to another I saw this lone Blue Dasher clinging to a branch, sitting there as it rained. He kept trying to wipe the large water droplet that had accumulated near the vertex but he was unable to dislodge it.

I don't know what it is like to see like a dragonfly but I imagine the water must distort the vision quite a bit. As well it could possibly have been a grooming response (just as if other detritus where resting on eyes) and not been related to the fact that the water may distort vision.

Either way, kind of funny to watch.

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zanskar

Date

June 4, 2017 05:04 PM CEST

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Apache Paper Wasp Polistes apachus

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daniel112

Date

June 4, 2017 10:18 AM CDT

Description

Careful, wasp. That's a tough habit to break!

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Mercurial Skipper Proteides mercurius

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Date

May 29, 2017 10:40 AM CDT

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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kalamurphyking

Date

October 7, 2014 10:12 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
Pelican Yoga
Pelicans perform a lot of bizarre bill stretching maneuvers to keep their bills in top condition. They have the longest bill of any bird at close to a foot and a half.

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Milkweed Butterflies Subfamily Danainae

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hamishlow

Date

May 21, 2017

Description

Not clear what about the plant attracted so many butterflies

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Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio

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picklepastures

Date

May 7, 2017 10:19 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Found in the nesting box this morning!

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Bubocula Owl-Butterfly Eryphanis bubocula

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kimberlietx

Date

April 26, 2017 06:55 PM CDT

Description

I thought it was an Owl Butterfly, but the eye spot is double. It was large, like the size of my hand with fingers (almost), but I could never get a dorsal view. About 900m elevation.

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Giant Cave Cockroach Blaberus giganteus

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kimberlietx

Date

April 28, 2017 09:49 PM CDT

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Two-tailed Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata

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gcwarbler

Date

April 18, 2017 11:54 PM CDT

Description

I saved...or, rather, Mother Nature saved one of the best items for the very last. I found this huge final instar larva of Two-tailed Swallowtail resting on some wafer-ash (Ptelea trifoliata) in my back yard at 11:54 p.m. on Tuesday evening. It was preparing to pupate. I'll (hopefully) upload an image of the chrysalis in the next day or two.

MY LAST OBSERVATION FOR CNC 2017. Now to identify a few things!!

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Human Homo sapiens

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gcwarbler

Date

April 14, 2017 12:01 AM CDT

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First upload for CNC 2017 Austin: For the next five days, I plan to be an integral part of the nature of Austin, TX!

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Legumes Family Fabaceae

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amanda51

Date

April 30, 2016 11:32 AM CDT

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Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

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gcwarbler

Date

November 17, 1979 03:00 PM CST

Description

I'm uploading these field sketches of two goldeneyes which were studied by a group of birders at Austin's Hornsby Bend in November 1979. One of these female goldeneye's generated a lot of discussion as to the possibility of it being a Barrow's. Despite much detailed research and @greglasley's photos*, no definitive conclusion was ever reached.
* http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/5105221
The present record applies to the *other* female duck, a standard (if rare for the area) Common Goldeneye. Note: My sketches, done the same day, were intialed by me with the date "11/17/78" but that year is in error.

My eBird checklist for this date lists both birds as "Common Goldeneye":
http://ebird.org/ebird/tx/view/checklist/S16836222

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Social Flycatcher Myiozetetes similis

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greglasley

Date

June 8, 1986 09:24 AM CDT

Description

@gcwarbler came up with a Christmas card I sent out in 1986. It is of a Social Flycatcher I photographed in the Gomez Farias area in June 1986 when he and I and our spouses were on a birding trip there. I no longer have the slide, but thought this would work for an iNat record. I picked this date as we were in the Gomez Farias area all day and the rest of the trip until the 14th we were at Rancho Cielo in the mountains where we did not record Social FC according to my field notes.

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Beelzebub Bee-Killer Mallophora leschenaulti

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greglasley

Date

September 3, 2016 09:44 AM CDT

Description

Mallophora leschenaulti
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
3 September 2016

Found this critter in my yard this morning. Only the 2nd time I've had one here locally. This is one of the largest and most impressive robber flies in the U.S. and one of my favorites. I really like the detail of the grasping feet in image 5

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Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni

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greglasley

Date

May 20, 2016

Description

In Texas, Hutton's Vireo is a common breeder in the mountains of far west Texas such as the Chisos, the Davis and the Guadalupes. Beginning in 1990, increasing numbers of this species have been found to the east in the Texas Hill Country and nesting has been documented in at least 3 or 4 counties just west of Austin and San Antonio. Austin is in Travis County and although there are a few records of the species in Travis Co.:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/561272
we have never had documentation of nesting. A City of Austin biologist recently discovered a pair of Hutton's Vireos nest building on the west edge of the city in a preserve tract of land. My friend Mike and I were invited to try to get some shots of these birds to document the record.

When the two biologists and Mike and I arrived, one of the birds (presumably the female?) was on the nest (which is in a large Cedar Elm) hunkered down low. It gave me the impression she was still incubating, but she could be brooding very small chicks as well. One of the biologists, based on her observations, thought the young should be hatched by now. We heard Hutton's Vireo song and other Hutton's call notes in the area several times. After 10-15 minutes we saw another Hutton’s Vireo approaching the nest carrying food. The bird on the nest hopped off and headed into the woods while the bird carrying food went directly to the nest. That bird leaned over and presumably fed a young chick as when it assumed a normal perch position again the food item it had been carrying was gone. We watched that bird lean over into the nest and pick up large pieces of egg shell, and take them away from the nest. With this behavior I suspect the chicks may have hatched this very morning, or were still in the process of breaking out of the eggs while we stood there. Of course, we could not see into the nest because of its height so that is speculation, but in my experience the adults will remove the egg shells very soon after hatching. We stood there a short time longer and I took a few more shots to document the nesting record but then we left so as not to disturb the birds with their tiny chicks any longer.

I plan to go back in several days when the chicks will be larger. Anyway, this is the first documented Travis County nesting of Hutton’s Vireo (although I very strongly suspect it has nested here in the past, just not documented). This is preserve land, not open to the public, so I have been intentionally vague about the mapping, but the nest is within the accuracy circle shown.

By the way, I was hoping to ensure that the egg shells we saw were indeed Hutton’s Vireo and not a nest parasite such as Brown-headed Cowbird. The Hutton’s Vireo eggs are described in various sources as “white with a few small brown dots” while Brown-headed Cowbird eggs are more tinted blue and more heavily mottled overall. I think this pair has baby Hutton’s Vireos which is great. I have posted 6 shots of the Hutton's in various postures and views including a shot of an adult with an egg shell.

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violacea

Observer

dwboston

Date

May 24, 2016 08:36 AM -05

Description

10-photo sequence added here: http://netrealm.org/public/Dave/2016Crunchy/index.htm

05/24/2016, 8:36 AM
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, 1/1000 sec, f/8, 400mm (EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM), ISO 1600 (auto), Exp comp +1/3

Photos / Sounds

What

Jade Clubtail Arigomphus submedianus

Observer

briangooding

Date

June 8, 2006 03:56 PM CDT

Description

Male Arigomphus submedianus with guest appearance by male Perithemis tenera

I had just bought a used lens online and was playing around with it. Not the sharpest shots, probably due more to me than the lens and for some reason I was only one stop down from max aperture. But I really was too fixated on this action to make many adjustments or switch lenses.

The little amberwing kept making it a point to perch on this clubtail who flew off a few times but then returned. Kind of embarrassing to be usurped by someone a fourth of your size. At one point he finally allowed the amberwing to perch there for more than just one second.

I was unsure if the amberwing perceived the clubtail's abdomen as a nature perch (as opposed to part of a creature) or if the behavior was intentional to displace him.

Either way...pretty audacious behavior.

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I think on the image with the red at the bottom the raw file got corrupted. I will search a backup hard drive and see if the data is the same. Kind of disappointing as I have only seen this sort of artefact a handful of times in a decade and it happened to something quite interesting here.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hilton's Aeolid Phidiana hiltoni

Observer

robberfly

Date

March 8, 2016 03:29 PM PST

Description

My 10,000th Observation. Had to be my favorite, mustached nudibranch...

Photos / Sounds

Observer

magazhu

Date

February 11, 2016

Description