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I specialize in macro images of arthropods, but I love to take photos of all types of nature - both flora and fauna!

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catgrin Halloween Pennant Dragonfly
Halloween Pennant Dragonfly commented on by catgrin Florida, USA7 years ago

That's one dazzling dragonfly!

catgrin Orange Cracker
Orange Cracker commented on by catgrin Alajuela, Costa Rica7 years ago

What an amazing display! It looks like you're viewing a butterfly through a kaleidoscope!

catgrin Slime Mold stalks
Slime Mold stalks commented on by catgrin Vermont, USA7 years ago

They are a fungus - a type of tiny mushroom that I believe belongs to the genus Marasmius - but anyone, please feel free to correct me. Your pictures aren't clear enough for me to compare to online images for ID, and I'm in no way an expert on fungi (hardly know a thing!), so I'm going to suggest you check out genus Marasmius for yourself while awaiting an i.d. You know better what they looked like.

The images already do look like at least three possible species to me: Marasmius androsaceus, Marasmius capillaris, or Marasmius pallidocephalus - so that should help to get you started!

catgrin Erudite leaf beetle
Erudite leaf beetle commented on by catgrin Victoria, Australia7 years ago

They're skittish as well? Yeesh! Glad you managed to hunt one down!

catgrin Friar's Cowl
Friar's Cowl commented on by catgrin Portugal7 years ago


catgrin 棒络新妇
棒络新妇 commented on by catgrin 洪, 江西, Paracel Islands7 years ago

Beautiful! Spider and web in focus, too! Lovely spotting!

catgrin Friar's Cowl
Friar's Cowl commented on by catgrin Portugal7 years ago

Thanks! I read the Wiki before I asked you about it. (Wouldn't have asked without checking basic places first - I'm not like that.) Just wondered if you already knew of any specific pollinators because it's such an exaggerated shape and color scheme. It's a dark color setup for humans and mammals, but to an insect, I bet that flower's spadix glows like neon light on a diner!

Here's a link that does further discuss pollination by this species. It's apparently not bees or wasps, but rather mainly moths and flies that propagate this flower - it has no strong perfume.

catgrin Pyralis farinalis
Pyralis farinalis commented on by catgrin Victoria, Australia7 years ago

Around here we have equal problems with Plodia interpunctella - Indian Meal Moths!

catgrin Light Brown Apple Moth
Light Brown Apple Moth commented on by catgrin Victoria, Australia7 years ago

I was surprised as well - but with such a large range it's not surprising. No one has separated them into different subspecies (probably to keep the insect recognized as a pest under one name).

catgrin Long-jawed Orb WeaverSpider
Long-jawed Orb WeaverSpider commented on by catgrin Kolkata, West Bengal, India7 years ago

No problem! People who are on here are genuinely interested in the things they get pictures of, so I feel it's worth it to provide whatever good info I can!

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