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Peg-legged Compost Fly Syritta flaviventris

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ryanandrews

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March 2, 2017 12:30 PM PST

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muir

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June 22, 2018 09:41 PM AKDT

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Chaparral Yucca Hesperoyucca whipplei

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cavemander17

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September 11, 2019 10:51 AM CDT

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Chaparral Yucca Hesperoyucca whipplei

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justroc

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June 9, 2018 12:04 PM PDT

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Spotted Orbweavers Genus Neoscona

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marcellagrace

Date

August 12, 2019 11:01 AM PDT

Description

The story you’re about to hear is true...🙈 😂🤣

I was out driving this morning and I went to put down my sun visor and I encountered this rather large spider in front of my face... while driving! Lol! After recovering from my shock and shutting the visor quickly.
I decided to drive around and find a nice new home for the spider.
So I found a beautiful tree, park the car, capture the spider and place it on the tree about my height level ... welcome to your new home .... but nooooo.... I then watched with my mouth wide open ...thinking where are you going...as it immediately raced down the tree, onto the ground, over to the curb, scaled it, using spider web shooting technique and headed to the street back to the my car where it proceeded to climb onto my tire.🙈

I couldn’t believe my eyes! So yup, there I go ...recapturing the spider ... 😂 put him/her back in the car and after hitting the market, we drove home together. haha! I have now placed her in my garden. Do you think there are spider babies in my car perhaps? I have looked but haven’t seen anything that looks babyish. Lol! I was so shocked and impressed at the same time...and how did you spend your day? 🙈😁 #theyaresmart

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Spiders Order Araneae

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zoeiv

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May 25, 2019 07:41 PM CEST

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Tarantula Hawk Wasp Tribe Tribe Pepsini

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antonyw

Date

September 13, 2009 04:40 PM PDT

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Saw this very fidgety fast moving wasp searching for tarantulas while we were out for a hike to find some as well.

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Sweet Potato Sea Cucumber Molpadia arenicola

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andreacala

Date

July 19, 2019 10:35 AM PDT

Description

My first thought was that the Western Gull had stolen an egg, but it was pliable and flexible, certainly uncharacteristic for eggs. The Gull dropped its prey twice, but picked it up again, squeezing hard, releasing blood and fluids, and then finally swallowed it whole. Pictures following are in sequence. The Gull had flown in from the sea, I noticed it because it was pursued by another and both where squeaking excitedly.

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Ants Family Formicidae

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danie143

Date

July 6, 2019 10:46 AM PDT

Description

Ant hill offset ~1 foot right-laterally from M7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake this weekend. My hubby took the photo.

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Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans

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nelson_wisnik

Date

December 3, 2018

Description

in the absence of a trunk or stone to lean on, a capybara may be an option;
I have observed these two individuals do this twice;

see also
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/nelson_wisnik/21258-the-friendly-capybara

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March 31, 2019 03:34 PM +13

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Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris ssp. tigris

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indianwildlife

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March 3, 2018 09:15 AM IST

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Eastern Hornet Fly Spilomyia longicornis

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cwwood

Date

August 21, 2018 11:47 AM PDT

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Yellow Tree Frog Dendropsophus microcephalus

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estebanalzate

Date

September 9, 2016

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Southern African Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus ssp. cowiei

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catabbott

Date

November 23, 2018 04:32 AM EST

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With impala.

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Great Egret Ardea alba

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jpleonar

Date

December 15, 2017 11:49 AM EST

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

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tom15

Date

December 5, 2015 10:28 AM EST

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Colombian Weasel Mustela felipei

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sultana

Date

May 15, 2011 02:44 PM -05

Description

Atrapada en el baño de una finca

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Black-breasted Snake-Eagle Circaetus pectoralis

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happyasacupcake

Date

May 30, 2018 02:20 PM SAST

Description

We saw the snake eagle as it flew up from the ground. It flew in slow circles while it controlled and started to eat the snake. One minute from pic 1 to pic 8 where it started to eat the snake. Total time for this series, three minutes.

Snake at https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14774517

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Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus

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dongminsung

Date

April 17, 2017 12:20 PM EDT

Description

Confirm?

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Southern Black Rhinoceros Diceros bicornis ssp. bicornis

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jerrythornton

Date

September 24, 2014

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Western Yellow-bellied Racer Coluber constrictor ssp. mormon

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pbrastow

Date

August 6, 2017 01:03 PM MDT

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California Sea Lion Zalophus californianus

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leptonia

Date

September 7, 2016 07:48 AM PDT

Description

with wounds/damage on rear part of body; presumably from a Great White Shark?

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Convergent Lady Beetle Hippodamia convergens

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pmmcnaturalist1

Date

May 31, 2012 12:20 PM PDT

Description

Lady Beetle on the nose of a northern elephant seal

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Red-necked Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus

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jonathancampbell

Date

August 11, 2018 12:00 PM CEST

Description

I’ve got a bit of a backlog of observations to upload, but I can’t not upload this one!

After a VERY long kayak trip from Balloch to Inchconachan, I spent about an hour and a half looking for the wild wallabies that live on the island. They were released in the 1940s and have had a stable population ever since, and I’d always wanted to see them (https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wallabies-of-inchconnachan).

Well, with less than ten minutes before I would have had to reluctantly start the trip back, I saw one! It was bounding through the ferns higher up the island, along one of the tracks they seem to have. I followed it for a while, more listening to the telltale ‘bouncing through undergrowth’ sound than seeing it (they’re fast), and finally was able to get this photo. Well worth the trip!

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Great Black Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga

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javigonz

Date

April 24, 2018 10:05 AM CDT

Description

First sighting around 10:15-20am or so. Was alerted to this very large immature hawk by a mob of grackles that were after it. Bird soared and circled over the lots and continued north with grackles following it. Birder friend, Alex Lamoreaux showed up soon after and after relaying the sighting and jumping in the van to chase, we found the bird soaring over the Louie's Backyard area with the grackle mob in tow. Hawk then returned south and took refuge in the Sheepshead north lot. A bit later bird lifted off and circled the area for a bit and headed north out of sight. First suspicion was immature Common Black Hawk, but following better views, photos, and discussion by other birders present, we reached the conclusion that the ID is Great Black Hawk because of huge size, finely barred tail lacking thick black terminal bands, long legs that it dangled while soaring. White crescents were obvious nearing wing apex and white upper tail coverts were seen and photographed, differentiating it from Common Black Hawk. Coastal habitat and range fits better with Great Black Hawk than Common. ID Confirmed by expert, Bill Clark. Possible 1st US record following review. An incredible and totally unexpected bird!

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natureinla

Date

October 28, 2015

Description

Observation and photo by Maya Lopez and Wendy Lopez, sent to nature@nhm.org.

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Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana

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maxallen

Date

February 28, 2018 03:44 AM CST

Description

Custom Trail Camera

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Hoodwinker Mola Mola tecta

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tomleeturner

Date

February 19, 2019 05:17 PM PST

Description

I am 6 feet from finger tip to finger tip. Big fish!

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Water Clover Marsilea vestita

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merav

Date

December 25, 2016 02:22 PM PST

Description

Amphibian eggs?

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Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

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terrilldactyl

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October 14, 2017 08:59 AM PDT

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alice_abela

Date

December 11, 2010 04:33 PM PST

Description

Female ant cricket from Santa Barbara County, California. These crickets are closely associated with ants. They copy the movement rate of their adopted ant hosts and take on the odor of the colony until the ants accept them as members. In the colony, they lick ant secretions, prey on ant eggs, solicit regurgitated food, and feed on prey brought in by the ants.

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Lawn Shrimp Arcitalitrus sylvaticus

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kueda

Date

May 11, 2013 01:59 PM PDT

Description

One of hundreds of weird, terrestrial amphipods living in the hummus under a log.

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North American Mountain Lion Puma concolor ssp. couguar

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mike275

Date

March 29, 2018

Description

Ran down from Cowles Mountain and continued South across Najavo Road and into the golf course. Dash camera caught this footage.

Dash Cam Video:

https://youtu.be/vEHkBC5AVtU

Channel 8's Story:

http://www.cbs8.com/story/37853219/mountain-lion-sighting-on-road-in-san-carlos

Channel 10's Story:

https://www.10news.com/news/mountain-lion-caught-on-dash-cam-crossing-san-carlos-street

Mission Time Courier Article:

https://missiontimescourier.com/san-carlos-man-has-surprise-encounter-with-lion/

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Eastern Small-footed Myotis Myotis leibii

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kkruesi

Date

April 10, 2018 03:52 PM EDT

Description

I found this bat impaled on the slender branch of a small Berberis sp. It appeared as if it had flown into it.

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

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tadamcochran

Date

July 14, 2017 09:23 AM CDT

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Bold Jumping Spider Phidippus audax

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alison_kondler

Date

May 14, 2015 10:23 AM MDT

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Isopod Iridescent Virus Invertebrate iridescent virus 31

Date

February 6, 2017 03:04 PM PST

Description

This brilliant colour is caused by IIV-31 (Isopod Iridescent Virus). I've been checking hundreds of pill bugs over several years for this unusual phenomenon and my persistence finally paid off!
Sadly, this total colour change is usually the later stage of the virus; once a pill bug is this bright it generally doesn't have much longer to live.

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Largetooth Conger Bathyuroconger vicinus

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markmcg

Date

January 2, 2002

Description

A 122 cm SL long Largetooth Conger trawled at a depth of approximately 1000 m, by fishing vessel Rubicon, off Babel Island, Tasmania, April 2002 (AMS I.41361-001).

Images of fresh fish courtesy of Ian Merrington, NSW DPI. Images of preserved fish courtesy of Stuart Humphreys, Australian Museum.

See https://australianmuseum.net.au/largetooth-conger-bathyuroconger-vicinus

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San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus ssp. mearnsi

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shrike2

Date

March 28, 2018 01:07 PM PDT

Description

An endangered bird endemic to San Clemente Island, the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike preys on a formerly endangered reptile endemic to the California Channel Islands, the Island Night Lizard (Xantusia riversiana). The shrike caught this lizard, gave the tail to his mate as a courtship gift, ate most of the body, and cached the head for later.

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Large Mexican Fiddler Crab Uca princeps

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tracyk2

Date

June 22, 2018 07:30 PM HST

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Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis ssp. ibis

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greglasley

Date

May 1, 1988

Description

Cattle Egret
with Barn Swallow it has caught
Dry Tortugas, Florida
1 May 1988

Cattle Egrets are a species known to wander. They made it to the U.S. on their own in the early 1950s and are now a common species all over the Americas. I once found a dead Cattle Egret on a rocky beach in Antarctica. There are no insects on Antarctica, so that particular Cattle Egret just wandered too far. Such might be said for Florida's Dry Tortugas. They are called "dry" for good reason. There is no fresh water. Birds that end up there and are too tired to move on, simply die. It is a daily task of employees at Fort Jefferson to walk around and pick up and discard the Cattle Egret carcasses before they open the fort to the birdwatchers each spring day. On this day my group watched a starving Cattle Egret (there are few large insects for the egrets to feed on) grab a Barn Swallow. It certainly made for a strange scene!

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American Alligator Alligator mississippiensis

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howens

Date

April 5, 2017 07:08 PM EDT

Description

Big one eating a little one

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Bat Star Patiria miniata

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mrpmarinebio

Date

November 18, 2017

Description

I am calling this a Tetrahedrafish

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Jaguar Panthera onca

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greglasley

Date

August 16, 2017 07:40 AM CDT

Description

On August 16, we witnessed what has to rank with one of the most incredible wildlife experiences I’ve ever had. Cheryl and I were on a trip with 6 other nature photographers and our leader. We had been in the Pantanal area of Brazil for about a week with 5 days along the Cuiaba River near Porto Jofre, looking for Jaguars and other photo ops. Our daily routine was breakfast at 5:30 AM and we took off on boats from 6 till about 11AM, lunch at noon at the lodge, then on the boats again 3PM till dark. Our group has 3 boats so just 3 people per boat so plenty of room for photo gear, etc. Over several days we had seen 10-12 Jaguars. Some were very good photo ops, some poor photo ops, some just glimpsed.

There are several lodges in the area and it is a popular place to visit for folks hoping to see Jaguars, so much like Yellowstone National Park, a crowd can gather when some significant wildlife is seen, but instead of car jams to see a Grizzly such as Yellowstone, this can be boat jams for a jaguar. I have seen as many as 22 boats, 70-100 feet off shore with lots of people in each boat taking photos of a sleeping Jaguar. BUT…that is not the end of the story! We were often in more remote areas of the rivers and inlets and streams more or less on our own looking for birds, etc., so lots of times there are no other boats around. The boat drivers all have radios, so if a Jaguar is seen, other boats are informed. We move 20-25 miles up and down the river to explore, so many times other boats are not close enough to arrive while a Jaguar is in view.

My limited Jaguar experience is that some are just sleeping and/or resting and mostly ignore the boats in the river. Others are walking though the edge of the forest near the river and when a boat becomes visible, the animal just vanishes back into the forest. This morning at about 7:30 AM our three boats were in an out-of-the way location, a mile or so apart. The boat I was in was photographing a Great Black Hawk when one of our other boats called us on the radio to say they had a Jaguar swimming in the river, apparently hunting, so we headed to that area. Apparently the Jaguar, with just its head visible, swam up to loafing Yacare Caimans and pounced onto a caiman which was about 6 or so feet long. The Jaguar and the caiman thrashed in the water with the Jaguar biting into the skull of the caiman. That is about the time our boat arrived, after the Jaguar had mostly subdued the caiman, but the caiman was still thrashing about. The Jaguar was up against a high dirt bank, still mostly in the water with a firm grip on the skull of the caiman and the Jaguar was not letting go. It was very dark and under heavy foliage and vines so I was shooting at 4000 and 6400 ISO but that was my only choice. Eventually the Jaguar was able to work itself and its prize away from the vines and it drug the caiman out of the water and up the dirt bank and eventually back into the forest to enjoy its catch beyond the curious and amazed eyes of the human observers. The caiman was as large or larger than the Jaguar. All I have to say is that a mature Jaguar is an incredibly powerful predator and watching this whole 15 minute episode is something I’ll not forget. What a beast!

This entire series was shot from a boat, perhaps 40 feet off the bank with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a Canon 100-400 IS lens in case anyone is interested.

Cuiaba River,
near Porto Jofre,
Pantanal,
Brazil
16 August 2017

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Arizona Mantis Stagmomantis limbata

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ptexis

Date

September 7, 2016 06:39 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Check this out. Last year we saw a hummer get caught and eaten by a large mantis. The mantis was sitting on one of the feeders. I never heard of that happening before. We’ve been feeding hummers and have had dense populations of hummers at our feeders for 25 years now, and we had never seen this before last year. We have seen several instances of large female black-and-yellow garden spiders catching and eating hummers, but lots of mantises are around and so far as we've seen, they have never caught a hummer until last year.

Today a mantis caught a hummer and is eating it right now. The mantis with its prey is sitting on the persimmon bush/tree that is right by the feeders.

It looks like it could be the same mantis, but I googled mantis longevity and apparently a year is the maximum lifespan, so this has got to be a new mantis. It is possible, maybe even likely that this is the offspring of the huge female mantis that caught the bird last year, as she was the only big mantis in the area we ever saw. Maybe mantis catch hummers all the time, but we just don’t see them do it, and I think it is a pretty rare behavior. This one couldn’t have learned the behavior from a mother she never saw. Is there an inheritable bird-eating trait in that particular lineage? I guess it's a simpler hypothesis that it's a trait for quicker growth or larger than average size, and that just allows them to include hummers on the menu by late summer.

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African Social Spider Stegodyphus dumicola

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wynand_uys

Date

December 31, 2017 07:46 AM SAST

Description

A scrappy expanse of silky refuges and capture webs littered with body parts of previous victims. When preferred prey is entangled, the female spiders emerge from their 'nests' and overpower it by grabbing its extremities. In this case, a wasp https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9319446.
Presumably they inject venom because after a minute or so the prey stops struggling. Then they snip it out of the web and carry it into one of several 'nests' or refuges.
Unwanted prey, often beetles (see https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9319435 ) are also killed but sometimes left in the web, uneaten. Ants, in this case, Maranoplus ( https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9319390 )scavenge around the periphery of the webs, feasting on unwanted beetles or other left-overs.

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magazhu

Date

February 11, 2016

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Santa Catalina Island Fox Urocyon littoralis ssp. catalinae

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bjdion

Date

February 3, 2018 10:46 AM PST

Description

Endemic Catalina Fox vs. Southern Pacific Rattlesnake. Both of them received some bites. The fox and snake ended up escaping in separate directions. I wouldn't be surprised if both died as a result of their injuries.

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ana_osnaya

Date

November 23, 2018 02:25 PM EST

Description

Visto en el Colegio Puerto Aventuras
Mide aproximadamente 4.3 cm de largo y 1 cm de ancho.

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Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis

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birdingman

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November 23, 2018 08:22 AM PST

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Tongue-eating Louse Cymothoa exigua

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blaufer

Date

November 7, 2018 08:23 AM CST

Description

Tonge eating parasite

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Nine-spotted Lady Beetle Coccinella novemnotata

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dlbowls

Date

August 18, 2017 12:53 PM PDT

Description

Molting larva. Found on Narrowleaf Milkweed with many larva of this species.

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Western Gull Larus occidentalis

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dlbowls

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December 29, 2016 05:46 PM PST

Description

Swallowing an Ochre Sea Star.

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Western Gull Larus occidentalis

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jaykeller

Date

April 2, 2016 04:08 PM PDT

Description

So there I was, at Disneyland with the family, and of course my mind is on what wildlife I might be able to scrounge out of the park. The 7D Mark II and 400mm lens was too big to lug around all day, so I did the best I could with my little Sony bridge camera. Enjoy!

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Argentine Ant Linepithema humile

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bbunny

Date

July 17, 2017 07:31 PM PDT

Description

honey bee in separate observation

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Milde's Tarantula Hawk Wasp Pepsis mildei

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cbeckstrom

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September 2, 2018 06:45 PM EDT

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Western Leaf-nosed Snake Phyllorhynchus decurtatus

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danny_mac

Date

June 12, 2018 03:31 PM PDT

Description

found deceased in cobweb, looked most likely like western black widow web. found under California Fan Palm

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San Diego Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata ssp. webbii

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mykle559

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February 15, 2017 12:25 PM PST

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Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake Crotalus pyrrhus

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floval

Date

May 11, 2018 08:30 PM PDT

Description

Here are a few more photos of that Speckled.

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San Diego Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata ssp. webbii

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dlbowls

Date

June 22, 2014 02:26 PM PDT

Description

A California Striped Racer is trying to swallow the lizard, while the lizard is biting its own tail. The lizard got away.

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San Diegan Legless Lizard Anniella stebbinsi

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Date

March 5, 2018 03:10 PM PST

Description

Great Egret with a Legless Lizard

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Date

July 28, 2018 09:33 AM CDT

Description

Two sets of what I believe are eggs. I think the top are hemipterans but unsure of what the bottom group are.

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

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natureinla

Date

September 8, 2017 01:41 PM PDT

Description

Observation and photo by thesquirrelsnest, sent via instagram #losangeleswildlife

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Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

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paulayers

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March 17, 2017 09:24 AM MST

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Blainville's Horned Lizard Phrynosoma blainvillii

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randynemmer

Date

April 4, 2017 10:29 AM PDT

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California King Snake Lampropeltis californiae

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cdegroof

Date

June 21, 2017 09:35 PM PDT

Description

Eating a southern pacific rattlesnake. 9 photos. FYI: we did come back the same direction 30 minutes later and saw the same snake (full belly) on a patch of asphalt about 10 yards from where we first saw it, as if giving itself belly heat (air temps were still around 80 degrees). Due to some comments received about regurge, I also went back in the daylight the next day, and checked the area and did not find a regurged rattler. I believe the king kept it down.

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California Toad Anaxyrus boreas ssp. halophilus

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July 30, 2017 11:52 AM PDT

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Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

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gavitp

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July 22, 2017 07:45 AM PDT

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jchavira

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June 28, 2017 06:58 AM PDT

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Western Bobcat Lynx rufus ssp. fasciatus

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chrisrohrer

Date

November 23, 2016 09:36 AM HST

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

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ericandersen

Date

January 20, 2013

Description

This turkey chased my dog. Tucker, my dog, does not like turkeys.

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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus atrox

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captainmagpie1

Date

May 6, 2014 10:50 AM PDT

Description

Adult male

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake Hydrophis platurus

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natureinla

Date

October 15, 2015 06:00 PM PDT

Description

Observation and photo by Anna Iker, sent to NHM via Instagram, #natureinla.

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Red Diamond Rattlesnake Crotalus ruber

Date

March 16, 2015