@Ferox_Formicae @antmuseum @joemacgown @DrStrangeAnt I saw a good bit of spanish moss in Lee State Park, near Bishopville, but the park signs said they were transported and established there by homesick CCC workers or something of the sort. Any idea if these are similar introductions?
@CatsCauseTypos @spiderdayNight Smilax was one of my greatest scourges bushwhacking, so I decided to learn them on iNat. How is everything S. bona-nox!!!?? Very impressed by the variability even just in e. TX.
@spiderdayNight Feeling a little left out of this one, the crop is still there on both my phone and laptop, and no new updates.
RT @jeffvandermeer: Maybe if Florida had a tree you couldn't ignore like redwoods, we wldn't be experiencing such rapid habitat destruction…
@mskvarla36 @BugQuestions The 5 in the CUIC look in alright condition, all things considering. I wonder if anyone has imaged them.
@elaphrornis @EvelynRoywrites @steven_ovadia @Myrmecos Yup! Most likely the widespread introduced Tetramorium immigrans. A superficial lookalike T. tsushimae is introduced to scattered locations in MO, Long island NY, IL, etc., but it is a bit smaller and has other differences.
@joemacgown Can't believe these huge tropical things are just flying around in scrubby south Texas, so far north of the Rio Grande too. Really cool find.
A young naturalist from southern Texas just sent this stunning male ant to me to accession. Look at those hairs! These are the sausage flies of the most heavily armored army ants on Earth, and the northernmost record I'm aware of. Nomamyrmex esenbeckii Riviera, TX, USA.
Ever since seeing these venomless round spiders in my Golden Guide, I've wanted to find one. Turns out they really do that exact pose. They also spin a slingshot web to hurl themselves at their prey! Hyptiotes cavatus Ithaca, NY, USA.
@Ferox_Formicae Longleaf pines are some great southeastern trees. I especially love how strange and otherworldly the saplings look.
Stalk eyed flies have a very tenuous hold in the Americas: no species in the Neotropics, and only two in eastern temperate North America. These two sp. have shorter eye stalks and are more hammerheaded than stalk eyed. Sphyracephala subbifasciata Montezuma, NY, USA.
@Bertonemyia They sat uncovered indoors for a day which is pretty dry, but in all likelihood they're probably all good. Been rehydrating them up in a super humid container. How do I keep them normally?
Does anybody know what's happening here? I found a few clumps of these beautiful metallic pupae/eggs next to what I assume are parasitized nymphal thrips? All in the center of a small twig. Dryden, NY, USA.
RT @masa_frog: 内地のサンショウウオやカエルで磨いていた水中撮影技術を活かせました。貴重な体験が出来たのは、見つけてくれた友人と撮影を手伝ってくれた友人達のおかげですな。ありがとう！ リュウジンオオムカデ Scolopendra alcyona https://…
@cavyherd @darterdancer @UrsulaV Where can I get one of these? I've been using model display cases but they're not the best...
A strange new clerid for me! While many species in the family eat other insects, the aptly named Cosmopolitan Blue Bone Beetle feeds on carrion. Necrobia violacea On dead deer & fish pile, Binghampton, NY, USA.
RT @DeitschJohn: What have Joro spiders been up to since their introduction to Georgia 8 years ago? I turned to iNaturalist data and my mod…
The most confusing part about eastern red-backed salamanders is that they are not always red! Here are the three main colors they come in. They are one of the most abundant terrestrial vertebrates of the eastern US. Plethodon cinereus Ithaca, NY, USA.
RT @micahherskind: Jerry Lett was released from an Alabama prison on parole in Sept 2020. Tomorrow morning, because of an error SOLELY by…
RT @rosscwinton: As there appears to be quite a bit of interest around Boca Chica, I thought I would introduce you to one of the endemic sp…
@Reboticant @rosscwinton Here's a very good but incomplete list of rare insects in the LRGV not found anywhere else in the US, compiled by Mike Quinn. He is an expert on beetles so they are slightly better represented than other groups on the list.