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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

hughrand

Date

September 28, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Observer

hughrand

Date

September 27, 2019 03:54 PM EDT

Description

Feeding on dill plant.

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Chinese Mantis Tenodera sinensis

Observer

hughrand

Date

July 6, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

Description

Came across this 5.5 cm praying mantis wandering across the sidewalk. Dropped it off in the garden (well, it would be a garden if it was weeded). Never would have seen it against foliage. I'll let someone else get this down to species.

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Common Box Turtle Terrapene carolina

Observer

hughrand

Date

July 4, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

Description

Good sized (17-18cm) female box turtle. Very pretty. Chased her off the trail so she doesn't get run over by cyclists.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 19, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

Description

I spent 5 minutes waiting for this guy to settle down after disturbing him on the path. He then was pretty tame and let me get quite close <50 cm without much work to get his picture.

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Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 16, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

Description

Nice small snapping turtle sunning by the side of a small pond. Maybe 10-12 cm length of carapace. Not skittish. Let me get to within 2 m before started looking nervous.

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Ebony Jewelwing Calopteryx maculata

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 17, 2019 03:36 PM EDT

Description

First one I have seen this spring. Had to chase him around a little bit to get a decent pic, but not too bad. Interesting that the area he was staying in as I chased him around was not along the creek about 8m away

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 10, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

Description

Blue Dasher mated pair resting briefly on vegetation at a rendezvous.

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 7, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

Description

Blue Dasher mated pair resting briefly on vegetation at a rendezvous.

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 7, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

Description

Blue Dasher female resting briefly on vegetation at a rendezvous.

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 7, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

Description

Blue Dasher female resting briefly on vegetation at a rendezvous.

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 7, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Description

Blue Dasher ovipositing in water right next to a rendezvous.

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 7, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Description

Blue Dasher mated pair resting briefly on vegetation at a rendezvous.

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 7, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Description

Blue Dasher male resting briefly on vegetation at a rendezvous.

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hughrand

Date

May 1, 2019 05:07 AM EDT

Description

Why this crayfish had climbed up a 3+ meter bank of the creek and across 2-3 meters of grass to hang out on the asphalt road is quite beyond me, but there he was on my early morning walk to the metro. I picked him up with a towel I was happy I had and got him back into the creek with out suffering any damage to my fingers, for which I was grateful. I was also grateful that I didn't damage either the crayfish or me in climbing down to the creek. Looks like the Eastern Crayfish, but happy to have a crayfish expert weigh in.

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Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia

Observer

hughrand

Date

May 2, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

Description

We are about at peak flowering for black locust at this location.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

hughrand

Date

April 29, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

Description

Chased this female Common Whitetail dragonfly around from place to place on the ground trying to get close enough to get a decent picture. Very hard to see her when she was motionless on the ground - close to invisible. I suspect this was the same individual I saw in the same location last week - first dragonfly of the summer that I have seen in this general area.

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New World Flannel Moths Family Megalopygidae

Observer

hughrand

Date

December 28, 2018 09:55 AM EST

Place

Colón, PA (Google, OSM)

Description

I seem to find these more often, honestly, than I would like. So far I have managed to avoid touching any of them. One of the scariest things I have ever seen is one of them hanging by a silk strand at head height on a trail - way too easy to just walk face-first into it. This one was at least nice enough to be on the ground.

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Clubbed Mydas Fly Mydas clavatus

Observer

hughrand

Date

August 11, 2018 03:20 PM EDT

Description

Fun to watch this one. Easy to get pictures of since not very skittish. Feeding at both Eupatorium serotinum and Celosia spicata (= C. argentea var. spicata) flowers in the garden.

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River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis

Observer

hughrand

Date

July 8, 2018 01:56 PM EDT

Description

And sometimes they cooperate when you are trying to get a picture... There was a female in addition to the several males along the river, but she was real skittish - no way I was going to get her picture with a point-and-shoot.

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Maritime Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis ssp. pallidulus

Observer

hughrand

Date

July 8, 2018 02:34 PM EDT

Description

Basking in the sun on the river rocks, but dove for cover when I bumbled by. Poked his head back out, but didn't move in the time I waited (~15 min) - but hard to outwait a reptile.

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Mink Frog Lithobates septentrionalis

Observer

hughrand

Date

July 7, 2018 02:18 PM EDT

Description

A beauty.

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American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

Observer

hughrand

Date

July 7, 2018 02:20 PM EDT

Description

Massive frog. Glad I am not a small critter around here. Amazing hind feet.

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River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis

Observer

hughrand

Date

July 7, 2018 03:15 PM EDT

Description

Pain in behind getting close enough to get a somewhat decent photo. Several here, all more skittish than others I have seen. Maybe because this is an oxbow where the water flow is slow?

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hughrand

Date

December 25, 2018 10:31 AM EST

Description

The carnivore scat (which species is a bit open to question) was in the middle an old asphalt road. These termites were making good use of it, and even had built an almost closed over tunnel to it (that you can see in the lower left of the picture).

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Carnivorans Order Carnivora

Observer

hughrand

Date

July 9, 2018 08:19 AM EDT

Description

Nice bit of tracking in the muddy areas as this creek enters the river. Variety of sign, including the first lynx tracks of the trip. Sorry they are a bit worn. The ruler in the picture is also looking a bit worn, having been stuffed in a PFD for the last week. Come to think of it, I was a bit worn at this point too, having been stuffed in a PDF and the same clothes for a week...
It is interesting the amount of definition in the track given how hairy lynx feet are. Hmm... maybe they are less worn than I think they are.

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European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Observer

hughrand

Date

January 15, 2019 01:19 PM EST

Description

A mixed-species foraging flock of robins and starlings has been going nuts over the few snow-free patches remaining after a fair bit of snow of the last few days. This spot is due to the sheltering effects of an evergreen tree just behind/above it. Serves as a good reminder of the importance of these microhabitats, especially in unusual or extreme events (this location only gets a couple big snowfalls a year on average). There were a lot more birds than are apparent in this picture. Eventually they all left in a rush - hawk?

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

Observer

hughrand

Date

January 15, 2019 01:19 PM EST

Description

A mixed-species foraging flock of robins and starlings has been going nuts over the few snow-free patches remaining after a fair bit of snow of the last few days. This spot is due to the sheltering effects of an evergreen tree just behind/above it. Serves as a good reminder of the importance of these microhabitats, especially in unusual or extreme events (this location only gets a couple big snowfalls a year on average). There were a lot more birds than are apparent in this picture. Eventually they all left in a rush - hawk?

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

hughrand

Date

January 22, 2019 10:36 AM EST

Description

White tailed deer moving quickly across wet ground. Probably spooked by an early morning dog walker in this small park. Nice illustration of several track and gait features for a rotary gallop - see notes in one of the images. Not shown in the data here, but the occasional turn-out of the right front foot indicated it was probably watching something behind and to the right of it.

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

hughrand

Date

January 22, 2019 10:37 AM EST

Description

Wandering around in the snow. Front and hinds were not perfectly opposite as the tracks headed up the bit of an incline. The tracks eventually disappeared down on the rocks by the creek after wandering around in the shrubbery for a bit. The culprit was pretty clear from the gait, but you had to get down and look in the holes in the snow to get a clear image of the actual track.

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