What is your Favorite Lifer from this week?

May 6, 2022. My favorite lifer is an Infant Moth from the first week in May. Gonna try and attach.

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https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&q=Arhyssus&user_id=teellbee&verifiable=any

Not a lovely pic, but I was happy to get a lifer this week, since I am confined at home due to Covid . :microbe:. This bug was on my window.

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:open_mouth: Did you get covid? Is everything ok?

Yes, but the symptoms are mild and I do not feel badly. I just have to isolate to protect others. Thank you.

I have a lot of garden obs. I am trying to figure out how to search OBs Ive made in my yard. I’m not very good with api queries, I just use the web interface for searches.

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Oh, glad to know the symptoms are mild. Hopefully you get well soon, my best wishes.

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Haha! Now you’ll be like me, having to check out bird droppings! Some days it takes a long time to get back home…

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Fewer to choose from this week. I’ll pick this beetle from a sunset walk in my neighborhood. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/119688853

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Bad weather here for the last week, windy all the time and had one of the worst storms yesterday and anothr one this morning, likely lots of new fallen trees, so I can’t find any adult moths sitting, the only new one was found via three separate caterpillars – Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, and also I saw two cool beetles: Resin Weevil and Hylecoetus dermestoides.

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Rainy season finally started, and life started to burst!!! My only confirmed lifer this time was a beautiful Anax darner dragonfly, I’m not sure of the species because it was flying too fast. But after the heavy rains we’ve had, massive butterfly numbers started appearing. Two days ago, right outside my window, there were hundreds of Eunica monima butterflies migrating (or whatever they were doing), with a few other butterfly and dragonfly species sprinkled in there. But one of the most exciting finds was a recording of a friend of some frog calls. He recorded them VERY close to where I live, and I was extremely surprised about the frogs in the recording. I heard four species: the Mexican burrowing toad, the Mexican tree frog, the Sheep frog, and Triprion petasatus. I was absolutely never expecting this, since three of those species would be lifers since I haven’t seen or heard them in person. And I also never thought to have native frogs close to where I live.

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It’s early in the week, but I know nothing is going to beat this flower wasp in the genus Brachycistis … unless a Chyphotes shows up tomorrow, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. Roughly yard wasp #50 :slightly_smiling_face:

A better picture of these wasps is Genus Brachycistis from San Diego County, US-CA, US on February 19, 2022 at 10:04 PM by Chloe and Trevor Van Loon · iNaturalist

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Found this Green Basilisk (Jesus lizard) in my neighbor’s yard after a storm.

Probably an escaped/released pet, but a first in the US on iNat!
Green Basilisk observation. · iNaturalist
Also to note: Brown Basilisks are common here in Florida, but this is the first Green

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Last night I found this beautiful Zeuzera pyrina moth!

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I set a personal record for myself a few days ago and made 39 observations in one day, my most so far! My favorites of the bunch were a sawfly larva and a bush katydid.

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Jumpyboi and wigglyboi, nice finds and great shots of them.

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Omg I didn’t realize people here could see the file names!! The katydid jumped away right after I took that photo, that’s why he’s a “jumpyboi” lol!

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I also used to believe that.

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I was standing at the swamp edge, contemplating photographing the blue flag irises. I can’t tell the water depth, let alone the suction of the muck… I look down to an American Stoat (I know them as ermine) chasing back and forth in an arc around me, within 4ft. Sometimes it had a dead chipmunk and sometimes not. Fortunately I use my iPhone, so took video…horrible video…however I did get some screenshots of it to post. I learned quite a bit about these brave, ferocious, agile critters in about five minutes!

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Just a little brown bug for me this week but the first record for my country on iNat and maybe one of very few records generally for the country. I’m trying to find out who to ask for more info at the moment.
https://uk.inaturalist.org/observations/120858475
I was taking photos of butterflies and day-flying moths when I saw it drop off a leaf by my feet and had to scrabble about in the grass to find it. I need to start carrying a pot to keep bugs in while I change lenses as it was a bit of a juggling act while holding a lively insect at the same time.

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Very cool looking critter, too.

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OK, so yesterday I only made 27 observations, but two of the species I saw were lifers for me! And they were both where I live or nearby to where I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan! Very urban.

I love to find new moth species, so I was very happy that the first (very mysterious) lifers I found turned out to be two examples of the fully-grown larval case of the Dark Elm Case-bearer moth. Dark Elm Case-Bearer Coleophora limosipennella:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/121267214
And here is another case on the same elm tree:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/121267058

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The second lifer I found yesterday was a Four-lined Silverfish Ctenolepisma lineata:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/121324669

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