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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)December 29, 2013

Or simply some wildlife with plants. Certainly the toughest photos to get!

Some random finds this past season...

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huggorm

Juveniles of Zootoca vivipara and in the foreground some leafes of Hypericum maculatum.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 3:45AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

You would be welcome to share my commonest fauna:

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 5:32AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

My trail cam picked up a couple of Elk. There is a bull, two cows, and a couple of calves that come through my garden on a regular basis. I see them once in awhile grazing in my neighbor's pasture. Elk are as large as a horse. So far they haven't done much damage, just light grazing. They seem to prefer native foliage. They spend a lot of time along the bluff greenbelt and the 40 acres of woods next to me. I was surprised to see where they have eaten a lot of Ivy growing in one patch there.
Mike

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 6:16AM
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shillanorth Z4 AB

Coming in for a fill up this past summer.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 7:13PM
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shillanorth Z4 AB

Scouting lunch.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 7:16PM
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sam_md

kindly keep your hawk away from my yellowthroat, after all, it's just a baby :)

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 8:08PM
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poaky1

You guys are lucky to catch these on camera. I was surprised to see some lizards after turning over some rotting tree stumps and logs. I had seen them EONS ago when I was a kid in the woods near a creek. These logs/stumps made it moist enough for them to be happy in my back yard. I know I have some moles/voles making tunnels in the mulch. Are those bees, floral?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 12:52AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

No poaky1 - they're snails. The bane of the gardener's life (along with slugs) over here. We don't have anything like as much wildlife, or so interesting as you do.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 4:08AM
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Allen456(8)

El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 7:47AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Thanks for sharing the pics!

I'm waiting for Dax to bust out some of the bird shots he has.

That hawk is epic, I love those things! Especially when they swoop down to scope up mice and rabbits.

The link below is awesome. I hate rabbits like you wouldn't believe!

Here is a link that might be useful: See ya fur rat!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 8:31AM
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j0nd03

Appreciate the pics everyone =)

Some of mine

The Rat and the Cat

Crawdad(mom?) with a Brood of Babies (and an Ash seed) January 10, 2013

Caterpillar on Q. virginiana May 11, 2012

Caterpillar's Momma? May 2, 2012

Visitors on a Harvest Gold Crabapple

Cool Shelf Fungi on a Large Declining Q. stellata

Fauna Damage to Flora

Borer Larvae Getting His Come Uppin's

Edit: Whaas, I missed that video before I posted. Darn good lesson for the girl (and the Mom it sounds like) about how things really are in the wild! We were overrun with rabbits a couple years ago and then a hawk family began nesting in our woods and wiped nearly all of them out. I haven't had a single plant nibbled on by rabbits this year and honestly haven't seen any for quite a while =))))))))

Here are a few more random pics I found in my dropbox account

Different Species of Caterpillar than Previous on a Green Ash

Butterfly on Blanket Flower and Wasp on Rudbeckia

BACK THE **** UP

Aphids on an Ash Sapling

Blue Shadow Fothergilla with Visitor

Wild Rudbeckia with Visitors

This One is Safe to Touch

Leave Now and Never Come Back!!

GIFSoup

I Wonder Who She is Imitating?

Hmmm...

This post was edited by j0nd03 on Tue, Dec 31, 13 at 14:10

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 10:47AM
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zephyrgal(8 NW Oregon)

Bobcat! Just a few minutes ago this bobcat wandered through our property. This is my first sighting of a wild cat. What a special treat.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 2:30PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Wow!
I've been here 35 years and have only seen a bobcat twice.
Both times, no picture. :-(
Mike

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 2:51PM
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zephyrgal(8 NW Oregon)

Well, we were very surprised to see the bobcat outside our kitchen window, broad daylight and all. Here's another photo.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 10:55PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Yep, late to the party!

Northern Mockingbird on Juniperus virginiana

Tufted Titmouse

Male Dickcissel

Red-headed Woodpecker

Dax

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 7:24AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Jon, is that a native spider in your driveway?

Dax, that red head is looking good!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 3:24PM
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j0nd03

Sure is, whaas!

I did a little googling after your comment and was shocked to find they are not more widespread in the States. When I was young, a common activity for me and my friends/cousins would be overturning rocks to find tarantulas and scorpions and the occasional snake. One of those nature things I took for granted.

Kind of like the bobcat sitings I suppose. We have them all over out in the rural areas here. My parents see them at their place several times every year. I have only seen 1 rattlesnake in my life in the wild but I'm sure in other parts of southern US, their appearance is much more frequent.

Edit: After typing this up I forgot to mention I accidentally dug up a female tarantula when I was moving some shrubs last fall. I made sure she was unharmed as soon as I saw her and moved her away from the digging so as not to cause further injury or stress.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tarantulas

This post was edited by j0nd03 on Thu, Jan 2, 14 at 16:10

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 4:04PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Interesting, MO, KS and OK were surprising to see. They creep me out ever since Arachnophobia, how ironic is that? My wife flips when she sees a daddy long legs. She'd certainly fold like a pancake if she saw that critter in our driveway. A fishing spider is probably the largest spider I've seen in WI.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2014 at 8:53PM
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arktrees(6b NW Arkansas)

whaas,
I have seen those Tarantulas as big as your fist walking around in the early fall. That is when males are out hunting for females. They are very common in many areas. Like John, for me they were just part of growing up. Same with snakes, hawks, etc.

John,
FYI, the rattlesnakes are there, you just don't see them. Friend of mine was a reptile guy, and would go out and help a grad student friend of his from the UA capture and study native rattlesnakes among others. Turns out they are most everywhere in the area. VERY common. Normally you walk right by them (CLOSE BY THEM), and never know they are there. They captured many in places you would never expect. However, they don't bother people and so nobody really knew they were there.

Arktrees

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 8:45AM
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beng(z6 western MD)

Nice red-headed woodpecker, Dax. Almost never seen one, but do see (and especially hear) the similar red-bellied woodpecker.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 8:50AM
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lkz5ia

Some from last year

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 2:02PM
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subtropix

Taken in Mid November. Now all covered in snow, brrrrrr.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 2:22PM
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terrene(5b MA)

Wow, I just love the little critters on this thread (well not so much the snails). The bobcat is very cool.

Here are some visitors to my yard last year.

Spring Azure on a Salvia guaranitica seedling.

Tree frog, which is odd because I live on a dry lot, but I think it lives under the deck.

Bumblebee on Tilia americana blooms - so fragrant!

Giant swallowtail - rare visitor in Mass, but they have been pushing their range northward as the climate warms.

Can you see the critter in this pic??

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 2:22PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Cooper Hawk, hosta and Pinus densiflora.

tj

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 5:37PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

tj, nice picture and very good composition!
Mike

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 7:25PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Thanks Mike. Just wish I could have captured the sparrow the hawk was after. It ducked under the hosta. The hawk dove into the hosta just after that pic was taken.

tj

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 10:25PM
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arbordave (SE MI)

re: "This One is Safe to Touch" (posted by j0nd03) - that looks like a "spiny oak caterpillar" (Euclea delphinii), a species with spines that can deliver a mild sting.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 5:35PM
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j0nd03

I'm glad someone noticed, Dave!!! It is VERY similar in appearance to the one you mentioned but it is a different species. The coloration of E. delphinii is not as intense as the species photographed above and also slightly smaller.

I have also encountered the spiny oak caterpillar and it does indeed sting. The sensation is similar to a mild electrical shock. Close to the feeling of sticking both terminals of a 9 volt battery on your tongue but much weaker - maybe 1/10 as intense on a nearly dead battery.

Edit: I suppose it could be the same species and the stinging and less intense coloring could be juvenile traits that it change over time? Seems more likely they are different species to me. Hopefully, someone with knowledge about these things will chime in.

This post was edited by j0nd03 on Sun, Jan 5, 14 at 18:15

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 5:59PM
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conifer50

A well camouflaged Dragon Fly resting on Pinus palustris

Johnny

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 12:30AM
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j0nd03

Meow rawr

It's dead collecting time! The only redeeming quality winter has is vermin/pest control...

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 5:04PM
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j0nd03

*bonk* Uuugh...

    Bookmark   January 18, 2014 at 5:10PM
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j0nd03

Cardinal eating what few ripe youpon holly berries are left




    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 9:58AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

From the front deck.
Deer are getting more common here lately. So far they seem to prefer weeds with just some minor browsing on my ornamentals, but then again, I'm not planting deer candy.
Mike

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 7:41AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Hey Mike, I recognize that lizard in the foreground. Now if you could only rig it with a head that swings triggered by a motion detector...

tj

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 4:45PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Bam, I like you're thinking! Everything here is considered deer and rabbit candy in the middle of winter.

As much as I hate them, nice pic!

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 6:07PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

That would be fun!
I titled this one, Predator or prey?
Mike

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 6:16PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Occasionally we get moose.
From Untitled Album

We have turkeys year round.
From turkeys

From March 14, 2013

Garter snakes enjoy our rock walls and come out to warm up in the sun.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 7:08PM
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maple_grove_gw

Not out in the wild, this one's up on the deck. Do you see it?

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 3:54PM
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maple_grove_gw

Here's a close-up...

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 3:55PM
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j0nd03

I greatly enjoy all of the pics with my heart having an especially soft spot for the reptile and amphibian pics. Kudos to those who are keeping this thing going

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 4:17PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

Ask and you shall receive.....
Mike

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 4:25PM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

nhbabs, my brother in northern Idaho gets moose in his yard sometimes too. He also has an occasional turkey. One even adopted him and hung around for a few years until 'Joe' was run over chasing a car.
Here's some tree frogs on grape leaves.
Mike

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 11:26AM
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mikebotann(8a SE of Seattle)

My neighbor's army ants
Mike

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 11:58AM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Cooper's Hawk let me get real close the other day.

tj

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 6:19PM
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