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Birds of the World

There are over 10,000 living species of birds on the planet. They can be found in ecosystems across ...

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Butterflies & Moths of the World

Butterflies and Moths are insects of the order Lepidoptera. Their brilliant colors have inspired ...

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WILD Cities: Urban Biodiversity

Millions of city-dwellers walk their local streets every day, but many overlook the multitude of ...

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The WILD Foundation works to protect & interconnect at least half of the planet’s land & water to ...

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Moths of the World

Moths? Yes: a world of sphinxes, hawks, owls, tigers, and scary eyes, all waiting for you outside ...

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Flowers of North America

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Mushroom ecology is a pivotal orientation point for exploring urban systems. Help us gather ...

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International Spider Survey

Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs. The International Society of Arachnology ...

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Biodiversidad en España/Spain

Habitat: Indicar el sitio donde se encontró (campo, montaña, lago, mar, río...) Habitat: Enter the ...

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The Color Red

The color red is a bold color that represents passion. We would like to create a collection of ...

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Global Flight

To create a magnificent collection of images of your favourite fliers. Not just birds, but bats, ...

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Global Dragonflies & Damselflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are agile insects of the order Odonata. With a worldwide distribution ...

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Nature in Yellow

It would be so interesting to see all the yellow flowers, fruits, insects, animals of the world.

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Flowers of Europe

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Snakefly spotted by tomk3886 Lat: 39.93 Lon: -106.16 36 minutes ago

Lacewing like wings, a long thorax and a long ovipositor enlarged at the distal end.

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Shikra (Juvenile) commented on by SukanyaDatta Pangoli, Punjab, India 45 minutes ago

Comments like this one add so much to the spotting. I once hand fed an owl chick fresh meat...I used blunt tweezers that looked like beak...thank you for adding this information.

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Golden- Mantled Ground Squirrel commented on by tomk3886 Lat: 39.93 Lon: -106.16 an hour ago

thanks mauna. i was having second thoughts about this ID. I have seen other ground squirrels around the yard.

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White-breasted Waterhen (chicks) favorited by rudradey Kolkata, West Bengal, India an hour ago

Looks like a small, undernourished hen alright. Chicks are dark balls of fluff. Adults have a white face, neck and neck. They have greatly elongated toes and keep flicking their toes as they walk. they have dark backs and wings. Rust coloured vent feathers...and a pink 'bindi on the spot where the upper beak meets the body.

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Shikra (Juvenile) commented on by rudradey Pangoli, Punjab, India an hour ago

Sorry for the delayed response.
Yes the egg was intended as food but the shikra was not interested in it at all. I finally fed it raw meat stripped from bones.
The main trouble I faced was that the baby was not eating by itself when given the food. Then someone advised me to try and feed it by hand which was an extremely difficult task. The trick was to cover the eyes with a towel, which immediately calmed it down and it started eating out of my hands 🙂

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Shield Bug spotted by John B. Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines 2 hours ago

Hemiptera; Pentatomidae. Like I have said in other spottings, I do not like to get stuck at family level because (for me anyway) it almost has connotations of laziness. But we all know that these bugs are so numerous that it can be next to impossible to I.D. them properly. I always look for the clues that I think will help me most. Things like the head, that kind of round cornered triangle shape with bulging eyes at the side.These make it sure to be a Hemipter. The laterotergites, the shape of the pronotum and the large scutellum all combine to confirm it is a Shield Bug. But the best identifier for any shield bug lies in its name "Pentatomidae". This name is derived from two Classical Greek words which mean "five sections", referring to the antennae. So, if it looks like a Hemipter and the antennae have five segments....well you know the rest. Don't forget the old maxim "If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck" but just be careful, it might be a small goose !

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