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Allen Hoof

Allen Hoof

Retired from four careers and happily pursuing number five (grandfather). Enjoy learning from others and sharing the things I see.

Mililani, Hawaii

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Allen Hoof Wiliwili tree flowers
Wiliwili tree flowers commented on by Allen Hoof Mililani, Hawaii, United States4 months ago

UPDATE: My eight year-old granddaughter hand pollinated one of the flowers, and there is now a pod on the tree with at least one seed in it.

Allen Hoof unidentified fungi
unidentified fungi commented on by Allen Hoof Kaneohe, Hawaii, United Statesa year ago

Some research suggests these fungi might be the fruiting bodies a species of sporangia, such as Arcyria sp. or Bedfordia salicina.

Allen Hoof Indian ringneck parrot
Indian ringneck parrot commented on by Allen Hoof Mililani, Hawaii, United Statesa year ago

SukanyaDatta - Thanks for the feedback, and for the information on the neck ring. Today I tried to capture additional images of one of these birds and did so, but I was reduced to shooting through a window with a long lens. Any attempt to go outside frightened the birds off. I have posted crops of two of today's images as the fourth and fifth of this spotting. In each of those images a neck ring appears to be present.

Allen Hoof Hawaiian moorhen
Hawaiian moorhen commented on by Allen Hoof Hawaii, USAa year ago

Thanks for the ID suggestion Kalen. However, the Purple gallinule, Porphyrio martinicus (actually, the American Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinica (Linnaeus 1766)), has not been observed in Hawaii. This spotting is in fact an Hawaiian moorhen, Gallinula galeata sandvicensis.

Allen Hoof Flowers of unidentified heliconia
Flowers of unidentified heliconia commented on by Allen Hoof Hawaii, USAa year ago

Sukanya Datta: Thanks for the link. Yes, similar. There were several of what appeared to be the species at your link in the vicinity of this spotting. The botanical gardens at Waimea Falls Park have a large heliconia and ginger collection.

Allen Hoof Hawaiian moorhen
Hawaiian moorhen commented on by Allen Hoof Hawaii, USAa year ago

Indeed. How many times does one bird need to be banded? (That is a rhetorical question.)

Allen Hoof Clumpy Nudibranch
Clumpy Nudibranch commented on by Allen Hoof Lat: 21.58 Lon: -158.21a year ago

Sargon - Thanks for the ID.

Allen Hoof Spotting
Spotting commented on by Allen Hoof Lat: 31.68 Lon: 76.80a year ago

Looks like a katydid. There are many species.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tettigonii...

Allen Hoof unidentified box jellyfsh
unidentified box jellyfsh commented on by Allen Hoof Hawaii, USAa year ago

Thanks for the ID suggestion, chickenparmesan24. Unfortunately, I don't believe it is correct. Although Copula sivickisi is found in Hawaii, its diameter, per Wikipedia, is much smaller (<10 mm) than that of this spotting (>50 mm). Additionally, there is a noticeable difference in the appearance of the tentacles of Copula sivickisi and the appearance of the micro-filament tentacles of this spotting.

Allen Hoof Woolly Wall Bee
Woolly Wall Bee commented on by Allen Hoof Mililani, Hawaii, USAa year ago

Machi, I think you've made the ID. I compared my images with images of Megachile lanata online. Though this species has been observed in Hawaii, I was put off initially because most online images show white hairs between the abdominal segments that I thought were lacking in my images. In closer inspection, my images do have some of those white hairs. I'll agree to your ID until a better candidate appears. Thanks.

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