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colinpurrington

Date

January 19, 2018 05:11 PM EST

Description

Small, black, and seemingly gregarious. Perhaps 4 mm in length. Found under bark of a rotting beech stump. Larva pic from same stump and seems to be Tachyta (per match with Erwin 1975 paper).

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colinpurrington

Date

January 23, 2018 10:55 AM EST

Description

I'm wondering whether this might be Cardamine concatenata or Ficaria verna (Ranunculus ficaria).

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colinpurrington

Date

November 12, 2017 09:46 AM EST

Description

Leafy oak gall on Quercus gemminata created by Andricus quercusfoliatus. 2nd photograph is content of one of the galls showing the central kernel in which the wasp resides. 3rd pic shows an older larva that is probably close to pupating. I'm assuming these larvae are A. quercusfoliatus but sometimes the the galls can be filled with inquilines and parasitoids, so happy to be corrected (I'm a fan, not an expert). 4-6th show a larva that has eggs and larvae on its surface ... I have no idea what they might be other than probably parasitoids. If you have any opinions on the latter, I'd love to know more.

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Pulmonates Infraclass Pulmonata

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colinpurrington

Date

October 25, 2017 11:21 AM EDT

Description

Under bark so I'm assuming slug eggs. Happy to be corrected. Second photo shows a close-up of individual egg with what I assume is the blastula stage of embryo.

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colinpurrington

Date

January 9, 2018 11:06 AM EST

Description

Found crawling on snow.

I've poked through genus on Bugguide, Kaston, Dondale et al. and I am still stumped. Nothing seems to match the eye arrangement, chelicerae size/shape, carapace length/pattern, abdomen length/shape/pattern.

I *think* I can rule out these species for the following reasons:

T. caudata (has an abdominal tail that is distinctive, per Kaston book)
T. elongata (chelicerae same length as carapace in females; lateral eyes closer to each other than to medials)
T. extensa (chelicerae larger than in mine; eye arrangement different)
T. guatemalensis (lateral eyes are closer to each other than to medials)
T. laboriosa (lower medial eyes closer together than are upper medial eyes; carapace lines diverging; abdomen shorter/rounder)
T. nitens (chelicerae longer than carapace; not in PA)
T. pallescens (chelicerae larger; abdomen shape wrong)
T. straminea (because lateral eyes are farther apart than are medial eyes; ventral and dorsal sides of abdomen separated by straight line; shape of abdomen wrong; chelicerae larger)
T. vermiform (eyes don’t match per illustration in Kaston
T. versicolor (because lateral eyes closer to each other than to medial eyes; not in PA)
T. viridis (always green)

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Giant Bark Aphid Longistigma caryae

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colinpurrington

Date

January 9, 2018 11:33 AM EST

Description

ID based on match with insect I found earlier in the week: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9381756. Found under beech tree (common host plant of this aphid, per literature). Because this is the second instance of an adult in winter, I'd like to propose to anyone who might care that this species can overwinter as adult ... currently the literature seems to say that only the eggs overwinter.

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colinpurrington

Date

January 9, 2018 11:20 AM EST

Description

This is the 3rd one I've found on snow this winter. My ID is based off previous ID of something super similar at same place. Here's my first find: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9158979. Are they really out looking for nests to parasitize??

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Giant Bark Aphid Longistigma caryae

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colinpurrington

Date

January 5, 2018 01:01 PM EST

Description

Some sort of hemipteran in snow, found under a beech tree. Was approximately 15 °F at time. Insect was initially upside-down. Not moving at all.

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colinpurrington

Date

December 24, 2017 01:57 PM EST

Description

I assume this is Rosellinia (thanks to @fungee for introducing me to this genus). Growing on an unidentified rotting log nearby brain jelly, also unidentified:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9253439

The small blobs of tan goo on some of the Rosellinia seem to be similar to the brain jelly ... might the brain jelly be parasitic on Rosellinia??

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What

fungi and lichens Kingdom Fungi

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colinpurrington

Date

December 24, 2017 01:53 PM EST

Description

Some sort of brainy jelly fungus growing on a decaying log (I don't know what kind). There were small black globule fungi nearby just in case they might be in some sort of prey-parasite relationship. Thanks for any hints.

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coastal manroot Marah oregana

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colinpurrington

Date

July 4, 2006 03:13 PM EDT

Description

Marah oregana, I think.

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Conifer Chicken of the Woods Laetiporus conifericola

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colinpurrington

Date

August 31, 2008

Description

Large flock of chicken of the woods (Laetiporus conifericola) on, I think, Tsuga mertensiana. Chilkat State Park, Haines, Alaska.

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Fuzzy-Horned Bumble Bee Bombus mixtus

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colinpurrington

Date

August 31, 2008

Description

Possibly a male Bombus mixtus (fuzzy-horned bumble bee). Tentative ID by @jessicar ("black stripe and orange butt are fairly distinctive, combined with the yellow hair on the face") ... but there are apparently several other Bombus species that can look like this, so the ID is tentative. Flower is Hypochaeris radicata or Leontodon autumnalis, I think). Tentative ID by Jessica Rykken.

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Wool-bearing Gall Wasp Andricus quercuslanigera

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colinpurrington

Date

November 18, 2017 11:48 AM EST

Description

I think this is a wool-bearing gall wasp (Andricus quercuslanigera). Found on sand live oak at Archbold Biological Station in Florida. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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Beechdrops Epifagus virginiana

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colinpurrington

Date

October 1, 2017 12:49 PM EDT

Description

Beechdrop with beech tree backdrop, beech leaves for scale.

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Purple Jellydisc Ascocoryne sarcoides

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colinpurrington

Date

November 6, 2017 01:55 PM EST

Description

If my identification is incorrect then perhaps it's Ascocoryne cylichnium.

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What

Gastropods Class Gastropoda

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colinpurrington

Date

November 6, 2017 02:37 PM EST

Description

Slug eggs, I think. There was a slug right on them. Some of the eggs seemed to have small bump on them ... do any parasites attack slug eggs?? And then the discolored one appears to be infected with something (fungus, slime mold?).

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colinpurrington

Date

November 6, 2017 02:23 PM EST

Description

This beetle was among several crawling over mushrooms. Some of the mushrooms had visible frass piles so I ripped them off the log to see if there might be a beetle larvae within, and there were. Please see attached photographs for pics of larvae. I haven't been able to ID the beetle, so thanks for any thoughts.

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fungi and lichens Kingdom Fungi

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colinpurrington

Date

November 6, 2017 02:04 PM EST

Description

I don't have a clue what this is, aside from it being a fungus. Creepy.

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dead man's fingers Xylaria polymorpha

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colinpurrington

Date

November 2, 2017 03:30 PM EDT

Description

I think this is some sort of Xylaria. I gather the common one is Xylaria polymorpha although it is likely several species.

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Sulphur Disco Bisporella sulfurina

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colinpurrington

Date

November 2, 2017 03:35 PM EDT

Description

I think this is Bisporella, though not sure whether it's B. sulfurina or B. citrina. I'm leaning toward the former because of their small diameters and because of the presence of globs of black goo that *might* be a pyrenomycete, a known associate. But B. citrina far more common, so I'm torn. I know, probably need to examine spores to distinguish them. Thanks for any thoughts. (Discs are not translucent so not Orblia.)

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colinpurrington

Date

November 1, 2017 01:58 PM EDT

Description

Not the best photograph, but I was curious about the sticky threads between the leg segments. Odd. If anyone knows more about that feature, I'd love to know. I don't know what type of bug it is.

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Brachyceran Flies Suborder Brachycera

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colinpurrington

Date

November 1, 2017 01:55 PM EDT

Description

Slender black fly perched on a tri-winged achene of Japanese knotweed.

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Large Crane Flies Family Tipulidae

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colinpurrington

Date

October 17, 2017 11:03 AM EDT

Description

I thought this would be easy to ID because of bold pattern on wings, but I was wrong. Thanks for any help.

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colinpurrington

Date

October 19, 2017 07:39 AM EDT

Description

Copulating flies. I know that's obvious but not sure what else to add.

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colinpurrington

Date

October 25, 2017 11:33 AM EDT

Description

I'm not sure what species this is. There are drawings here of 6 species that are found in United States:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipalium#/media/File:Bipalia_invasive.png

but none seems to be a perfect match. For a bit I thought it might even be a Diversibipalium, but I gather that's not in U.S. I'm open to suggestions, with thanks.

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Gastropods Class Gastropoda

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colinpurrington

Date

October 25, 2017 11:26 AM EDT

Description

One of several eggs in a mass, under bark. I'm guessing it's a slug.

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colinpurrington

Date

December 15, 2017 03:39 PM EST

Description

I think this fly was dead based on cracked thorax (see other photograph).

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colinpurrington

Date

December 15, 2017 03:45 PM EST

Description

Fly on snow.

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Crab Spiders Family Thomisidae

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colinpurrington

Date

December 14, 2017 12:01 PM EST

Description

Found on snow, though not moving at all. I'm assuming a crab spider.

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