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colinpurrington

Date

October 17, 2017 10:35 AM EDT

Description

Neoempheria balioptera clinging to the underside of dryad's saddle (Cerioporus squamosus). Related species mature within mushrooms, so I assume it does the same (it's a fungus gnat, after all). Dusty appearance is probably caused by fungal spores. My ID is based on matching to photographs on BugGuide. I tried to confirm this by looking at published wing venation illustration and it appears to be exact match. Happy to be corrected, of course. Because flies. [I've added to pics of top, bottom of mushroom.]

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Giant Leopard Moth Hypercompe scribonia

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colinpurrington

Date

June 16, 2012 02:28 PM EDT

Description

Giant leopard moth (Hypercompe scribonia ). ID based on visual match to pics on BugGuide. There are other species, but only visually similar one doesn't occur in this area.

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moss phlox Phlox subulata

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colinpurrington

Date

March 20, 2012 12:26 PM EDT

Description

Moss phlox (Phlox subulata) growing in serpentine soil at Tyler Arboretum in Media, Pennsylvania. This particular serpentine barren was named Pink Hill by the naturalist John Bartram, I think. If you are ever on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, check out College Hall ... it's made of serpentinite.

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Pennsylvania Sedge Carex pensylvanica

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colinpurrington

Date

March 20, 2012 11:57 AM EDT

Description

I think this is Carex pensylvanica, but not positive. On a serpentine barrens (Pink Hill).

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

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colinpurrington

Date

March 6, 2012 12:17 PM EST

Description

A leucistic American robin.

Fungi

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fungi and lichens Kingdom Fungi

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colinpurrington

Date

July 10, 2017 11:27 AM EDT

Description

Mushroom of some sort, but pretty mangled. Boletus pseudosensibilis or something similar? I don't have photographs of underside of cap. Mixed hardwood forest; lots of beech.

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Dusky Slug Arion subfuscus

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colinpurrington

Date

July 10, 2017 11:27 AM EDT

Description

The AI suggested Arion subfuscus, but I don't see the pneumostome. I know they can close them, so perhaps that's still what it is. Would love some ID help. It was eating a mushroom (some sort of boletes??).

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colinpurrington

Date

July 11, 2017 11:45 AM EDT

Description

Took me ages to narrow down, but I think this is some sort of Dryininid. Apparently all members of the group are ectoparasitoids of the Cicadinea (current term is Auchenorrhyncha). I'm guessing at the genus. I only managed two shots before it flew away, so I don't have a better view of head or front legs (which are modified for holding the planthopper, I gather). Would be grateful for any ideas.

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slime molds Class Myxomycetes

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colinpurrington

Date

October 14, 2017 02:27 PM EDT

Description

Physarum polycephalum or Badhamia utricularis seem to be the most common slime molds that look like this, but I'm sure there are other options. I'm going to culture it at home to see if I can make a better ID with fruiting bodies.

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Planthopper Parasite Moth Fulgoraecia exigua

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colinpurrington

Date

September 5, 2016 02:38 PM EDT

Description

Approximately half of these cocoons will still have attached the remnants of the planthopper they parasitized during caterpillar phase. I'll try to post pics of that, too. I'd love to know whether the little awnings have a function.

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colinpurrington

Date

September 5, 2016 01:28 PM EDT

Description

Some sort of spider that fell victim to a fungus. Not sure of ID, but perhaps Cordyceps. Would be grateful for a better ID. Torrubiella leiopus? Gibelulla leiopus?

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Golden Jumping Spider Paraphidippus aurantius

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colinpurrington

Date

July 21, 2015 11:09 AM EDT

Description

Paraphidippus aurantius, I think.

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colinpurrington

Date

April 18, 2009 06:39 PM EDT

Description

Female jumping spider with fly. Perhaps in the genus Thiodina (now Colonus, I gather). Not sure of species. Tentative ID courtesy Dr Richard Bradley, Ohio State University.

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colinpurrington

Date

August 8, 2008 11:45 AM EDT

Description

Some type of spider wasp (Pompilidae). My guess is Dipogon sayi but please correct me. It's carrying a crab spider (Thomisidae; possibly Misumessus oblongus). Tentative spider ID courtesy Dr Richard Bradley (Ohio State University).

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Marbled Orbweaver Araneus marmoreus

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colinpurrington

Date

August 29, 2015 09:11 AM EDT

Description

Marbled orbweaver (Araneus marmoreus), I think.

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garden ghost spider Hibana gracilis

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colinpurrington

Date

October 30, 2016 01:35 PM EDT

Description

Garden ghost spider (Hibana gracilis) under a silken retreat. Unlike most ghost spiders, this species is diurnal so I don't *think* it's using the retreat for rest. And from what I read about ghost spiders, they tend to go find stuff to eat (insect eggs, leaf miners, etc.), so I'm wondering whether the retreat was constructed for an impending molt or perhaps mating. Happy to be corrected on ID. Just a guess based on looking at online pics and keys.

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Bold Jumper Phidippus audax

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colinpurrington

Date

October 30, 2016 01:16 PM EDT

Description

Phidippus audax, I think.

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Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

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colinpurrington

Date

July 11, 2016 08:09 PM EDT

Description

Gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda).

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Striped Lynx Spider Oxyopes salticus

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colinpurrington

Date

July 9, 2016 11:00 PM EDT

Description

Striped lynx (Oxyopes salticus) on lava.

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Six-spotted Fishing Spider Dolomedes triton

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colinpurrington

Date

March 11, 2016 12:29 PM EST

Description

Six-spotted fishing spider (Dolomedes triton). I think.

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colinpurrington

Date

February 2, 2016 10:37 AM EST

Description

I think this is a long-jawed orb weaver (Tetragnatha sp.). But I'm happy to be corrected.

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American Nursery Web Spider Pisaurina mira

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colinpurrington

Date

July 22, 2015 11:09 AM EDT

Description

Nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira) hatchlings on underside of milkweed leaf.

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American Nursery Web Spider Pisaurina mira

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colinpurrington

Date

July 22, 2015 11:32 AM EDT

Description

Nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira).

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Ground Crab Spiders Genus Xysticus

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colinpurrington

Date

July 3, 2016 11:27 AM EDT

Description

Not sure which species, but assume it's a Xysticus.

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colinpurrington

Date

July 14, 2016 06:40 PM EDT

Description

Male and female Hawaiian garden spiders.

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Western Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona oaxacensis

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colinpurrington

Date

March 29, 2015 04:38 PM EDT

Description

Western spotted orbweaver (Neoscona oaxacensis) on Isla San Salvador (= Santiago, James) in the Galapagos. The insect caught in the web is probably a yellow paper wasp (Polistes versicolor), an invasive species that usually preys upon the larvae of moths and caterpillars. In the Galapagos this spider is often called N. cooksoni, but it's actually just a pale N. oaxacensis. ... or so I've read.

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Huntsman Spiders Family Sparassidae

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colinpurrington

Date

April 5, 2012 04:54 PM EDT

Description

Large spider on a leaf in Costa Rica. ID is way beyond my skill set. Near Tabacon in Arenal National Park. Photograph is bad because my primary camera failed.

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Garden Orbweavers Genus Argiope

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colinpurrington

Date

February 23, 2008 02:11 PM EST

Description

Possibly a tiger spider (Argiope savignyi). Thanks for any ID help.

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Golden Silk Orbweaver Nephila clavipes

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colinpurrington

Date

February 23, 2008 10:47 AM EST

Description

Golden silk orbweaver (Nephila clavipes), I think.

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colinpurrington

Date

July 21, 2012 10:37 AM EDT

Description

Position makes it hard (for me) to ID. Mangora gibberosa, Neoscona arabesca, Araneus thaddeus? Would be grateful for help.

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