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MichaelFoisy Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by MichaelFoisy Alberta, Canada8 years ago

Hi Gordon,

I cannot recall whether the birch was dead, or not. Based on the pictures, my best guess would be that it was.

I was not leaning towards Piptoporus spp., though – their morphologies are slightly different, or so it seems... I am considering Fomes fomentarius. What do you think?

MichaelFoisy Assassin Bug Nymphs
Assassin Bug Nymphs commented on by MichaelFoisy Nagaon, Assam, India9 years ago

What an extraordinary specimen. I've never seen an Arthropod this intriguing!

MichaelFoisy Viceroy Butterfly
Viceroy Butterfly commented on by MichaelFoisy Louisiana, USA9 years ago

I believe this is a Viceroy, not a Monarch. The two are Müllerian mimics; both species being toxic, generally inedible, and displaying similar warning designs. Wonderful photo!

MichaelFoisy Kerengga Ant-like Jumper
Kerengga Ant-like Jumper commented on by MichaelFoisy Maharashtra, India9 years ago

Fantastic spotting, and ever better Ecology! Thank you for sharing this, Atul!

MichaelFoisy Potato Bug
Potato Bug commented on by MichaelFoisy Mississauga, Ontario, Canada9 years ago

Yeah, I suppose semantics can differ geographically (even across Canada!). What we call "potato bugs" are certainly different in Alberta (, and I learned Armadillidium vulgare as a "pill bug".

But you're right - I looked it up - Armadillidium vulgare is sometimes referred to as a "potato bug", and the common name is irrelevant as long as the Scientific name is correct! Cute spotting, though! ;)

MichaelFoisy Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill commented on by MichaelFoisy Tampa, Florida, USA9 years ago

Wow, what a beautiful bird!

MichaelFoisy Potato Bug
Potato Bug commented on by MichaelFoisy Mississauga, Ontario, Canada9 years ago

I think you meant "Pill-bug"? :P

MichaelFoisy Octopus
Octopus commented on by MichaelFoisy Vanuatu9 years ago

Fantastic visual crypsis!

MichaelFoisy Dark Green Bulrush
Dark Green Bulrush commented on by MichaelFoisy New Jersey, USA9 years ago

What an interesting-looking plant!

MichaelFoisy Variegated Fritillary (Caterpillar)
Variegated Fritillary (Caterpillar) commented on by MichaelFoisy Alberta, Canada9 years ago

Thank you, Emma! I'm enjoying this Global Project; it's really helping to fuel my novel, but growing interest in nature. :)

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