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What

Glorious Jewel Scarab (Chrysina gloriosa)

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

August 26, 1990

Description

I had been in awe of beetles like this ever since I saw them in a museum tray many years ago, but suffice it to say that when I encountered this one in the field for the first time, it was..."glorious"!
Scanned from 35mm Ektachrome slide.

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What

Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Observer

brandonwoo

Date

April 2, 2020 01:45 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida)

Observer

briangooding

Date

June 13, 2017 02:37 PM CDT

Description

Group of Brachymesia gravida

This is no multiple exposure, digital quackery or any such sorcery. I took a break from my sullen and soulless responsibilities to explore the checkerboard array of ephemeral ponds at a water reclamation site.

By far Brachymesia gravida was the most prolific anisopteran species, outnumbering its nearest competitor by probably 50:1. I'm not a mathematician but I was shooting a 150mm lens on a 1.5 crop sensor at between 1-2 meters...so whatever the dimensions are for this field-of-view, this vantage could be multiplied the length of at least two of the ponds which had the highest density (and smelled the worst). I guess you'd have to add more vertical room too. There were literally hundreds if their numbers did indeed not break one thousand.

It was amazing to take a step and watch a cloud of Pennants ascend and waver before softly returning to their perches.

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What

Mountain Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma orbiculare)

Date

June 2017

Place

México (Google, OSM)

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What

Mottled Tortoise Beetle (Deloyala guttata)

Observer

butterflies4fun

Date

June 3, 2017 05:37 PM CDT

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What

Northern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

Observer

fishesoftexas

Date

May 23, 2017

Photos / Sounds

Observer

sambiology

Date

May 28, 2017

Description

Went to the parents' house on this Sunday -- observed just a few things.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 10:52 PM CDT

Description

Not a clue on this thing! Image 3 shows one just as it was taking off. That one is missing an antenna. I don't think I have seen this before, but last evening there were 5 or 6 of these that showed up.

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What

Mojave Kingcup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus ssp. mojavensis)

Observer

annikaml

Date

May 18, 2017 02:08 PM CDT

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What

Texas Cichlid (Herichthys cyanoguttatus)

Observer

fishesoftexas

Date

April 22, 2017 02:44 PM CDT

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What

Rainbow Grasshopper (Dactylotum bicolor)

Observer

taogirl

Date

May 13, 2017

Description

not a hundred percent on exact location but it was on FS 900 shortly after turning off FS 904

Photos / Sounds

What

Fruit-tree Leafroller Moth (Archips argyrospila)

Observer

tadamcochran

Date

April 18, 2017 10:02 PM CDT