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kcurtain Gray Tree Frog
Gray Tree Frog commented on by kcurtain Montréal, Québec, Canada7 years ago

Cool shot - love the eyes! Looks like it's eating a caddisfly of some sort.

kcurtain Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by kcurtain New York, USA7 years ago

It looks to be a beetle in Family Cerambycidae (longhorn beetles). Unfortunately, there are tons of black longhorn beetles, so it would be difficult to narrow down a species...

kcurtain Cope's gray treefrog
Cope's gray treefrog commented on by kcurtain Virginia, USA7 years ago

Hi Ashley, we only have Cope's Gray Treefrogs at Huntley Meadows. But they have literally just begun breeding this year - the first eggs were found last week - so I didn't think that this could be a young Cope's. Also, recent green treefrog metamorphs may lack a distinctive white stripe and yellow flecks (not even all adult green treefrogs have yellow flecks), so that's not particularly diagnostic. I didn't really pay attention to the legs though - which are diagnostic in metamorphs and are striped in the Cope's gray/gray and not in the green. So I will be changing the spotting based on that. Maybe some eggs were laid during the unexpected warm patch we had earlier this year when both species began calling earlier than has previously been recorded.

kcurtain Traill's Flycatcher
Traill's Flycatcher commented on by kcurtain Michigan, USA7 years ago

I agree with Ashley that it's probably an alder flycatcher from the looks of it. Did you hear the bird sing? They can generally only be distinguished from similar species by song. You can listen to the song and compare it to similar species here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Alder...

kcurtain Yellow Rat Snake
Yellow Rat Snake commented on by kcurtain DeBary, Florida, USA7 years ago

Beautiful snake! I love the patterns on young rat snakes, though we only have the black ones up here - jealous of your yellow!

kcurtain Prominent moth
Prominent moth commented on by kcurtain Maryland, USA7 years ago

Thank you Treichard! It does indeed seem to be in that genus, though it looks like identifying it to species is impossible. I will update the spotting.

kcurtain Eastern Screech Owl
Eastern Screech Owl commented on by kcurtain Georgia, USA7 years ago

Spectacular!

kcurtain Spotted salamander
Spotted salamander commented on by kcurtain Virginia, USA7 years ago

Hi drP,
I hadn't seen the paper you were referring to, but I've just looked it up - fascinating stuff! Thanks for drawing my attention to it. :-)

kcurtain Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird commented on by kcurtain Concord, Massachusetts, USA7 years ago

Awesome shot!

kcurtain Western Tiger Swallowtail
Western Tiger Swallowtail commented on by kcurtain Maryland, USA7 years ago

Unless the location is wrong on the map, then this is definitely an eastern, not a western, tiger swallowtail. They look almost identical, but the western's range does not extend anywhere near Maryland.

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