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dferris

dferris

Farm Bill Biologist. Worked in natural resources at local, state, and tribal levels. B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from LSSU.

Buchanan, MI

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dferris Clay-colored Leaf Beetle
Clay-colored Leaf Beetle commented on by dferris Indiana, USAa year ago

Thank you both. Looking at both suggestions it's not the Reddish Potato Beetle. Clay-colored Leaf Beetle looks like a good bet.

dferris Small Skipper
Small Skipper commented on by dferris Michigan, USAa year ago

Thank you. I don't have a photo of the underwing, so might be difficult to differentiate (based on your links). In the links, essex skipper is the only one to mention it in North America, so that seems more likely.

dferris Thayer's Gull?
Thayer's Gull? commented on by dferris Michigan, USA4 years ago

Yes, the bird in question was centered in the foreground. I guess I should have clarified that. Those markings you described are my reasoning for thinking it's a Thayer's. My understanding with the back is that color can vary, also the overcast does make it darker. From the research I have done, the wing tips are the most important marker on a Thayer's gull, and I feel like they are too dark, though they do look different than the herring wing tips. Unfortunately I did not notice this bird in the field, just seen in my pictures once home, so I don't have another look at it.

dferris Canada Goose
Canada Goose commented on by dferris Michigan, USA4 years ago

Thank you AshleyT. That what I was thinking. I thought it was a little large compared the pictures I've seen, but I have never seen one since they are relatively uncommon in my area.

dferris Great Black-backed Gull (3rd Winter)
Great Black-backed Gull (3rd Winter) commented on by dferris Saint Joseph, Michigan, USA4 years ago

That's exactly what I thought it was, thanks for the verification.

dferris Northern Harrier
Northern Harrier commented on by dferris Michigan, USA4 years ago

Thanks

dferris Red-tailed Hawk (Juvenile)
Red-tailed Hawk (Juvenile) commented on by dferris Michigan, USA4 years ago

Thank you. Now that I think about it, I'm guessing both pictures are probably the same bird. Pictures were taken in roughly the same location, a few hours apart. One seemed smaller, and a different angle made me think it was a different species.

dferris Wasp Mantidfly
Wasp Mantidfly commented on by dferris Michigan, USA4 years ago

SugaoKC, I thought I knew insects as well, until I found this little guy and was thrown for a loop. Welcome to PN, hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

dferris Wasp Mantidfly
Wasp Mantidfly commented on by dferris Michigan, USA4 years ago

Thank you ForestDragon. I didn't know what it was at first, and thought it was a mantid. When I figured it out, I didn't think to remove it.

dferris Grapevine Beetle
Grapevine Beetle commented on by dferris Sandusky, Michigan, USA4 years ago

Thank You!

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