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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 Clumpy Nudibranch
Clumpy Nudibranch commented on by Allen Hoof Lat: 21.58 Lon: -158.212 days ago

Sargon - Thanks for the ID.

Allen Hoof Spotting
Spotting commented on by Allen Hoof Lat: 31.68 Lon: 76.806 days 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, USA2 months 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, USA3 months 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.

Allen Hoof Woolly Wall Bee
Woolly Wall Bee commented on by Allen Hoof Mililani, Hawaii, USA4 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions Machi. I can't find any pictures online of leafcutter bees that resemble the insect in this spotting. I found something close in appearance, Andrena nitida, a mining bee, but it has not been reported in Hawaii as far as I can determine. I think this insect must remain unidentified for now.

Allen Hoof Artichoke
Artichoke commented on by Allen Hoof Portland, Oregon, USA4 months ago

Machi: Thanks for the ID. I could find very few artichoke images online that were exactly like those in this spotting, but I found enough similarities to convince me that you got it right. I believe I probably imaged this individual just before its purple flowers emerged from the seed head.

Allen Hoof Staghorn fern
Staghorn fern commented on by Allen Hoof Hawaii, USA4 months ago

Thanks for the ID Machi.

Allen Hoof seed from Mahogany tree
seed from Mahogany tree commented on by Allen Hoof Hawaii, USA4 months ago

jdc14515 - Thanks for the suggestion. I agree that this spotting is a mahogany tree seed, however, in addition to Swietenia sp. tree, it could as well be from a Toona sp. tree, one of the Asian mahogany species. Individuals of both genera are present in Hawaii. I've edited the spotting to reflect this update.

Allen Hoof unidentified spotting
unidentified spotting commented on by Allen Hoof Oregon, USA8 months ago

Brian 38: Thanks--I agree, they could be. They closely resemble mayfly exoskeleton images I found online.

Allen Hoof Clark's nutcrackers
Clark's nutcrackers commented on by Allen Hoof Oregon, USA8 months ago

Thanks, Forest Dragon. Glad to know you agree with my guess at the ID. I'll edit the spotting to reflect an ID of Clark's Nutcracker.