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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

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November 11, 2014

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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November 10, 2014

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Gray Bird Grasshopper Schistocerca nitens

Date

October 17, 2014

Description

Positively identified on BugGuide.net as Schistocerca nitens

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Gray Bird Grasshopper Schistocerca nitens

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October 17, 2014

Description

Identified as a Schistocerca nitens - Female nymph on BugGuide.net.

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Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis

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October 16, 2014

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Canyon Towhee Melozone fusca

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October 13, 2014

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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Date

October 13, 2014

Description

red-shafted

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Thomas's Two-striped Grasshopper Melanoplus thomasi

Date

October 10, 2014

Description

Identified on BugGuide as Melanoplus thomasi-male

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New World Tarantula Hawk Wasps Genus Pepsis

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October 11, 2014

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Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona crucifera

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October 10, 2014

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Scaled Quail Callipepla squamata

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July 21, 2014

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

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July 22, 2014

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Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus

Date

July 20, 2014

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American Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus leuconotus

Date

July 20, 2014

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Night shots on a remote wildlife camera monitoring digging activity in the botanical garden.
Note the white tail and solid white back . . . doesn't look like a striped skunk.

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Grey Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus

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July 21, 2014

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

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July 20, 2014

Description

Infrared night shot on a wildlife camera. Monitoring night visitors to botanical garden.

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Western Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona oaxacensis

Date

August 13, 2014

Description

Identified to species on BugGuide.net. I mistook this specimen for an Argiope.

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Texas Brown Tarantula Aphonopelma hentzi

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October 6, 2014

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Arizona Mantis Stagmomantis limbata

Date

October 6, 2014

Description

Bright green, ~3.5 inches long. Photographed crossing the paved entry road.

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Creosote Gall Midge Asphondylia auripila

Date

August 22, 2014

Description

A ball-shaped stem gall on creosote; appears to be made up of numerous small leaflet rosettes. I stumbled onto a reference to Creosote gall midges and Asphondylia auripila seems to be the one that makes the gall shaped most like what we found.

Now (early October) it is dark brown and dried out, evidently after the midges have departed.
http://www.birdandhike.com/Wildlife/Invert/Ph_Arthropoda/SubP_Hexapoda/Cl_Insecta/Diptera/Midge/Cecidomyiidae/Asphon_aur/_Asp_aur.htm

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September 12, 2014

Description

Identified as Chauliognathus on BugGuide but not to species.

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September 4, 2014

Description

Short, stout (about an inch long) beetle on cholla cane. Dark dull gray/black but with pale bluish-white stripes around top and bottom of pronotum. Identified to genus on BugGuide as Moneilema.

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Spur-throated Grasshoppers Subfamily Melanoplinae

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September 17, 2014

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September 14, 2014

Description

Tentatively identified as L. sanguineus, but have also seen adult L. fernandezi nearby. Are the nymphs similar? I.D. help appreciated.

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September 15, 2014

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September 14, 2014

Description

Blue-footed beetle mottled with off-white. On acacia. Approximately 1 inch long.

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

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September 14, 2014

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September 11, 2014

Description

Legume/Fabaceae from the bean-like pods. Extremely long, purple stamens projecting from small white petals. Leaves appear compound with 3 leaflets?

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Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri

Date

September 13, 2014

Description

After a heavy rain storm and much colder temperatures, dozens of hummers swarming the feeders today.

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Canyon Towhee Melozone fusca

Date

September 13, 2014

Description

Adult feeding begging juvenile just before picture was taken. During cold, wet storm.

Feeds: Atom