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KristenGilpin

KristenGilpin

Maker of butterflies with a penchant for antiquated art supplies and good gin. kristen.gilpin@gmail.com / lepcurious.blogspot.com/

Tampa, Florida

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KristenGilpin Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by KristenGilpin Florida, USA5 years ago

I want to come visit this tree!

KristenGilpin American Black Bear
American Black Bear commented on by KristenGilpin Old Forge, Pennsylvania, USA5 years ago

Always exciting to find in your yard. They used to come visit our back deck in Forest City PA when I was a child. Hello from a former Scrantonian, transplanted to Tampa FL

~Kristen.

KristenGilpin Tobacco Hornworm
Tobacco Hornworm commented on by KristenGilpin Pennsylvania, USA6 years ago

Hi there. You have found a Tobacco Hornworm (Maduca sexta) that has been parasitized with Braconid wasps (Cotesia congregatus). The white structures on the outside of the caterpillar are the the cocoons of the Braconid wasps. The caterpillar will likely not live, but there will be lots of new Braconid wasps in the world.

KristenGilpin Fan-shaped jelly fungus
Fan-shaped jelly fungus commented on by KristenGilpin Tampa, Florida, USA7 years ago

Hi Megan, it seems the wrong shape for Calocera cornea, as the ends of each fruiting body are spatulate rather than the pointed basidiocarps one sees with Small Staghorn fungus.

KristenGilpin Tropical Orb Weaver
Tropical Orb Weaver commented on by KristenGilpin Tampa, Florida, USA7 years ago

Thanks Megan!

KristenGilpin Snow Fungus
Snow Fungus commented on by KristenGilpin Tampa, Florida, USA7 years ago

Which is why I love this site!

KristenGilpin Snow Fungus
Snow Fungus commented on by KristenGilpin Tampa, Florida, USA7 years ago

Thanks for the ID Hope Family!

KristenGilpin Fiery Skipper Butterfly (mating pair)
Fiery Skipper Butterfly (mating pair) commented on by KristenGilpin Florida, USA7 years ago

That certainly does look like mating behavior. The darker of the two butterflies is indeed the female and the male is brighter colored. If you want to know way more about butterfly mating than you are possibly interested in, here's a good paper (that is not behind a pay wall) http://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/ias/...

KristenGilpin Tansyleaf Tansy-Aster
Tansyleaf Tansy-Aster commented on by KristenGilpin Arizona, USA7 years ago

When photographing wildflowers like this, try to get photos of the flower from a few angles and also the foliage. Some wildflowers are maddeningly difficult to identify without more pictures.

Great photo!

KristenGilpin Spicebush Swallowtail larvae
Spicebush Swallowtail larvae commented on by KristenGilpin Tampa, Florida, USA8 years ago

@Abby Ccga: I just chose to ignore the comment and hope something got lost in translation.

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