~ Featured Observations ~

Hello! I will use this journal to keep track of the observations I am most proud of. They may be the first in an area or uncommonly seen there, iNat firsts, species I have a special interest in, or ones that I was able to get very high-quality photographs of. I considered making a list, but those are only for species and not specific observations, so I'll do it here. This makes it easier for me to find them again and keep track of some of my achievements. This will be updated when I make more of them so be sure to check back sometime! Thank you for stopping by.


~Mysteries and Mutants~
Taraxacum officinale, Fasciated: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/112891890

Geometer moth with an unusual hindwing deformity: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/129921243

Mysterious Japanese Knotweed Virus: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/120426406

~ Local Oddities ~

Nymphalis I-album, rare in Ohio: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/97922038

Catocala unijuga, 11th observation in Ohio at the time: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/94164481

Scaphoideus immistus, first observation in Ohio: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/90487992

Cryptops hortensis, first observation in Ohio: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/98173899

Leucanthemum × superbum, first observation in West Virginia: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/116194649

~ iNat Firsts ~

Balcanocerus crataegi, first RG observation of an obscure leafhopper species: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88084935

~ Species of Concern~

Larus delawarensis, vulnerable in Ohio: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/95221951
Setophaga americana, vulnerable in Ohio: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/113245597
Quiscalus quiscula, near threatened: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/109251028
Tsuga canadensis, near threatened: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/117202915#activity_identification_e8af1ddd-1977-483b-adf8-35e7d96b74bf

~ Favorite Photos ~

Antheraea polyphemus: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/87953326

The first photo I ever managed to get of Crambus sp. : https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/86926238

Polites peckius: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/85284208

Speyeria cybele: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88606291

Sawfly larva: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/120434178

~ Other Fascinating Finds ~

Pectinatella magnifica, fascinating organism I was previously unaware of: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/95345487

Mite found on a moth: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/126020346

Fungus growing on a lady beetle: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/127041206

Posted by mercedes-fletcher mercedes-fletcher, February 07, 2022 03:10

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Peck's Skipper (Polites peckius)

Date

May 20, 2021 02:36 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Double-banded Grass-Veneer (Crambus agitatellus)

Date

July 13, 2021 08:16 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus)

Date

July 20, 2021 11:13 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Date

July 21, 2021 05:45 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Date

July 25, 2021 05:21 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Date

August 8, 2021 09:16 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Once-married Underwing (Catocala unijuga)

Date

September 8, 2021 08:12 PM EDT

Description

Similar moth spotted recently at the same location, possibly the same species or even individual?

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/93441110

Photos / Sounds

What

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Date

September 17, 2021 03:39 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Magnificent Bryozoan (Pectinatella magnifica)

Date

September 18, 2021 02:30 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Compton Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis l-album)

Date

October 11, 2021 02:40 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Cryptops (Cryptops hortensis)

Date

October 13, 2021 02:27 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

White Fawnlily (Erythronium albidum)

Date

April 24, 2022 02:59 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Pissblumm (Taraxacum officinale)

Date

April 25, 2022 05:18 PM EDT

Description

Fasciated! I think I'll be keeping this one.

Photos / Sounds

What

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum)

Date

June 8, 2019 03:26 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Date

May 15, 2022 03:03 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Viruses (Kingdom Viruses)

Date

June 5, 2022 03:27 PM EDT

Description

Either a virus or insect damage on what I suspect is Japanese Knotweed

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Sawflies (Family Tenthredinidae)

Date

June 5, 2022 08:00 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Date

July 12, 2022 11:08 PM EDT

Description

This is for the red spot which I believe is a mite. It's on a Red Twin-Spot Carpet Moth.

Photos / Sounds

What

Green Beetle Hanger (Complex Hesperomyces virescens)

Date

July 19, 2022 10:05 PM EDT

Description

On an Asian lady beetle

Photos / Sounds

Date

August 7, 2022 09:35 PM EDT

Description

This observation is for the moth but could anyone please suggest a possible cause for the wing deformity as well? :)

Comments

Very nice collection! Wish I knew more of the Lepidoptera. Perhaps one day I venture down that road.

Posted by williamwisephoto 6 months ago (Flag)

@williamwisephoto Oh thank you! I highly recommend it, it's been very rewarding! They aren't exactly difficult to find either, just take a look around any light at night or most flower patches and you're sure to find at least a few. Definitely give it a try sometime, they're wonderful creatures :)

Posted by mercedes-fletcher 6 months ago (Flag)

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