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BrianEdmond

BrianEdmond

By day, I'm an IT professional. By night, I'm a roaming naturalist. I love Missouri, being a native, but I love the outdoors everywhere.

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BrianEdmond Widow Skimmer
Widow Skimmer commented on by BrianEdmond Missouri, USA8 years ago

Thanks for the ID. I have another Widow Skimmer from a previous spotting, but it looks different. The body is a completely different color (though the black bars on the wings are similar and the overall shape and size is the same).

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/774...

What do you think?

BrianEdmond Springwater Dancers
Springwater Dancers commented on by BrianEdmond Missouri, USA8 years ago

Awesome, thanks for your help!

BrianEdmond Ebony Jewelwing
Ebony Jewelwing commented on by BrianEdmond Missouri, USA8 years ago

Nice, thanks!

BrianEdmond Eastern Dobsonfly
Eastern Dobsonfly commented on by BrianEdmond Missouri, USA8 years ago

Thanks. She was a beauty!

BrianEdmond Three-toed Box Turtle
Three-toed Box Turtle commented on by BrianEdmond Missouri, USA8 years ago

Some three-toeds have four toes. The lack of a pattern on the plastron rules out ornates, which have patterns on the plastron (bottom shell) similar to the pattern on the carapace (top shell).

BrianEdmond Red Sided GarterSnake
Red Sided GarterSnake commented on by BrianEdmond Missouri, USA8 years ago

Red-sided Gartersnake is a subspecies, so you are correct!

BrianEdmond Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by BrianEdmond Sedalia, Missouri, USA8 years ago

Probably a broad-headed skink as mentioned above, but five-lined skinks look similar in breeding colors. The way to tell is a look at the upper labials (scales on the lips) and relative size. If you can get a close-up of the head next time, it'd help narrow down the species!

BrianEdmond Toad
Toad commented on by BrianEdmond St. Joseph, Missouri, USA8 years ago

Woodhouse's would be my guess. Do you have a dorsal shot or a close-up of the head or belly?

BrianEdmond Unnamed spotting
Unnamed spotting commented on by BrianEdmond Missouri, USA8 years ago

This doesn't quite have the look of an ornate box turtle and many three-toeds have similar patterns. In the future, be sure to get a plastron (bottom part of the shell) photo to include to tell for sure. Ornates have an intricate pattern on their plastron as well. Three-toeds rarely have any pattern but are normally a plain yellow or tan color with very few markings at all.

BrianEdmond Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by BrianEdmond Missouri, USA8 years ago

Probably Solomon's Seal or False Solomon's Seal. Did you see it flower? Either should still have fruit if you weren't able to check for flowers earlier this spring.

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