A not insignificant reason for choosing the yellowhammer is that after struggling to get a proper focus on grey partridges with their camouflage as well as desperately trying to find the skylarks I could hear around me, a bright yellow, not shy at all and inquisitive ball of joy was a blessing.
I mean, even if it was released after it was caught, I feel like it probably wouldn’t survive? Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t most of these deep water fishes basically… explosively decompress when they get pulled up, and that’s why they usually look like garbage when they’re topside
Is there an actually way to do that? and that is a really neat observation! Hopefully the new observer is hooked now!
I don’t know why, but these are my fav butterflies. I’ve only seen one in my life.
My personal fav from the week: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/162408846
Was walking through the woods for some cave bio work, and spotted it, naturalist friend who knows her botany well told me what it was :) It’s not rare but not common, and in our state, it is listed as critically endangered. It was just the cutest plant ever!
Yes, we don’t know the circumstances that brought it up to the surface, but it probably was in distress before it was ever hooked by a fisherman on that pier. Maybe that bright red color isn’t natural, but a sign of blood vessels bursting from decompression.
My favorite lifer of the week is this white and gold moth in the genus Leucoptera or Paraleucoptera, which was a whole new family for me and the only verifiable sighting of Lyonetiidae in New Mexico on iNaturalist! https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/162091927
It may not seem very exciting but I always knew there’s three local species of petasites: albus, hybridus and paradoxus. I found plenty of albus and the occasional hybridus - but despite keying out plenty of petasites plants all throughout spring (they all look very similar) never found a paradoxus.
When I saw lots of petasites on Saturday I didn’t even bother to check and just took pictures of one and assumed it must be albus or hybridus - except when putting it in inat at home the CV had paradoxus as top choice. And indeed, going through the key again - I finally found one!
I seem to have caught it right after its evening bath, at first from afar I thought it was a dishevelled blue tit covered in muddy water, but as I got closer I noticed what it was and got very excited.