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What

Sierra Tiger Beetle (Cicindela tranquebarica ssp. sierra)

Observer

vermfly

Date

May 1, 2021 09:57 AM PDT

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What

Ruff (Calidris pugnax)

Observer

hccoates

Date

April 29, 2019 04:56 PM PDT

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Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Observer

simpylmare55

Date

April 26, 2019 05:48 PM MST

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Fringepods (Genus Thysanocarpus)

Observer

simpylmare55

Date

April 26, 2019 05:48 PM MST

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis)

Observer

junej

Date

August 24, 2018 12:37 PM PDT

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Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)

Observer

jacquelinerose

Date

November 11, 2017 04:22 PM PST

Description

Pictures of multiple different ringtails, trapped during the night and released during the day (done with proper permits).

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White Witch Moth (Thysania agrippina)

Observer

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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What

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri)

Observer

bjdion

Date

October 14, 2017 03:47 PM PDT

Description

Baby rattlesnake eating a western side-blotched lizard

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Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)

Observer

leptonia

Date

July 8, 2017 09:21 PM PDT

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Fremont Cottonwood (Populus fremontii)

Observer

a2017p503b

Date

May 12, 2017 11:31 AM PDT

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California Flannelbush (Fremontodendron californicum)

Observer

wbsimey

Date

April 14, 2017 07:00 PM PDT

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)

Observer

avocat

Date

February 11, 2017 04:05 PM PST

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Purpleback Squid (Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis)

Observer

aunty

Date

March 29, 2016