Cutest observation you've found? (Observation stories, part 1?)

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Soo, what was the “cutest” organism you’ve found???
I’m using the term cute very lightly here, as one person could call an octopus cute, while another could call it ugly. (I personally think they’re gorgeous)

Mine was rather recent, Casper the Friendly spider
I was about to brush my teeth, when an itty bitty spider was about to go down the drain!
I scooped him out, dried him off with some toilet paper, then set him on the windowsill.
and, what makes this cute, he waved at me!!! well, I’m pretty sure he was just drying himself, but he totally lifted up one of his legs!

oh, and I refound him recently, he was about to drown this time again, two days ago, in the shower. saved him again. My sister now is trying to find him and squash him, so now I’ve become a security guard of the windowsill of sorts.

Anyway, yeah! I might do more of these, like “coolest”, “coldest climate”, etc. Lemme know if you all have any suggestions!!!

~Grace :dragon: (and a little bit of Birch, another head voice, we’re kinda blurring)

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One of my cutest finds was definitely this Southern Brown Bandicoot. This was a once in a lifetime (so far) experience; the bandicoot was digging in the undergrowth for bugs to eat and got so close to me! These little fellas are mostly found in Tasmania, where I found this one, but they’re endangered in mainland Australia. I was so amazed at this cutie that I didn’t even move a muscle until it wandered far enough for me to move without scaring it… even then it didn’t run!
My friend and I were walking, talking pretty loudly, then we heard a rustle and stopped, and saw the bandicoot. I’m still shocked as to how it didn’t see me or care about me - I was closest to it.

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I would say this young rat that took refuge in my boot was the cutest. Not much more to be said, since the story is in the observation notes, but it was an amazing (not to mention startling) experience. So glad I was quick-thinking enough to be able to get pictures!

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I generally think that the fluffy bees are cutest, but I rescued this little one from a pool and it’s adorable. It sat on my hand, drying off in the sun and fluffing back up its hairs by rubbing its feet over itself, much like a cat licking its paw to clean its own face.

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So far, my cutest observation is tied between this little Metallic Sweat Bee and this (possible) Meadow Slug!
I found the Metallic Sweat Bee when I was messing around with a macro lens, I was just looking to get a photo of a dandelion, then saw the tiny bee! I found the slug one day when I was walking around my yard, I was just about to walk off to do something else, but I just had this feeling to stay and look for a bit longer. I honestly didn’t think I would find anything more, then I picked up a cool-looking leaf from a European Reed, and was surprised to find the little slug on it!

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So cute! Great photo

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Mine was this curious squirrel at the window, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9025636

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Mouse butt is really cute. This little Deer mouse was quite fearless. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/8761406

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I thought this tiny harmless slug snake was cute: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13935131

I find this bee cute too. As it grabbed the anthers it buzzed and made a “squeeeee” noise (I assumed it was to vibrate the pollen out so it is easier to collect): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29563157

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This tough guy’s sneer cracks me up each time I see it:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62238849


I feel for him - such attitude and such a survivor!

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I don’t know about you all, but I’m a sucker for a tiny plant with a disproportionately large flower.

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Love the Furrow Bee above. Think mine is probably this tiny Burmese Bronzeback that thought he/she was hidden from me under a leaf.

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OH I FORGOT THE TINY FROGS

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Though deep into stereotypical baby-charismatic-megafauna territory, mine has to be a pair of snow leopard cubs. These two were hidden in a rocky nook underneath an overhanging shrub in a canyon bottom; I only noticed them because one chirruped at me as I walked by.

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Falling cleanly into baby charismatics, my first time seeing a kororа̄ chick up close was just overpowering. Maybe less cleanly would be this pile of mini gators snuggled on each other.

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My cutest observations according to me (not ranked) :

  1. Escaped pet Budgerigar
  2. Little jumping spider
  3. Grey-necked Bunting
  4. Beautiful flower of Hyptis
  5. Cute little mouse
  6. Magnificent flycacther
  7. Adorable squirrel
  8. Tiny ‘Grass Jewel’ butterfly
  9. Beautiful nymph of a bug

@brownfam I would love if you do ‘Coolest observations/species you’ve found’.

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Will do!
Also, that Budgerigar is adorable :smile:

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this tiny shrew! The eye is so small, like a little seed!!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/45728646

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I never thought an alligator could be cute, but it turns out I was wrong:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70017326

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