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oxyjack Book scorpion
Book scorpion commented on by oxyjack Akershus, Norway7 years ago

I've never heard that common name before. We call them pseudoscorpions in the U.S. Nice spotting!

oxyjack Paper Wasp Hive
Paper Wasp Hive commented on by oxyjack Hamilton, Ontario, Canada7 years ago

Yes, this appears to be a paper wasp nest.

oxyjack northern red salamander
northern red salamander commented on by oxyjack Franklin, North Carolina, USA7 years ago

Beautiful creature, nice spotting!

oxyjack American Carrion Beetle
American Carrion Beetle commented on by oxyjack Georgia, USA7 years ago

Looks like a burying (carrion) beetle to me, Family Sylphidae.

oxyjack Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium commented on by oxyjack Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada7 years ago

Gorgeous Trillium!

oxyjack Unnamed spotting
Unnamed spotting commented on by oxyjack Karnataka, India7 years ago

Based on the wing venation and the antennae, I say this is one of the hoppers (Order Hemiptera), not a moth.

oxyjack Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by oxyjack Squaw Valley, California, USA7 years ago

You're welcome! I used to wonder what those trees were too. They look similar to Walnut, so I'd get confused by those leaves!

oxyjack Fuzzy Chiton
Fuzzy Chiton commented on by oxyjack Aruba7 years ago

They do resemble roly-polys, but these are molluscs and roly-polys (isopods) are crustaceans.

oxyjack Blister beetles
Blister beetles commented on by oxyjack Rockland, Ontario, Canada7 years ago

Probably Green Blister Beetles, Lytta sayi.

oxyjack Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by oxyjack Squaw Valley, California, USA7 years ago

Wish there were more pictures, but it looks to me like Tree of Heaven, Alianthus altissima. It was introduced into California from China during the gold rush and has since spread all over the state. It grows like a weed in the central valley.