Västra hamnen, Malmö, Sweden 2012
Categorized by genus/species, placed chronologically by common name
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
Cape May Warbler*
Eastern Goldfinch - See American Goldfinch
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Tree Sparrow*
Great Black-backed Gull*
Great Blue Heron
Great Grey Shrike
Great Spotted Woodpecker*
Greater White-Fronted Goose*
Lesser Black-backed Gull*
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
Northern Shrike - See Great Grey Shrike
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Groundhog - See Woodchuck
Ground Squirrel - See Eastern Chipmunk
Golden-Fronted Woodpecker – Melanerpes aurifrons – also known as der Goldstirnspecht (German), le Pic à front doré (French), and Gulpannad hackspett (Swedish).
A lovely woodpecker, the Golden-Fronted Woodpecker is a “stripe-backed woodpecker of Mexico and Central America” that “reaches the United States only in the brushlands and open woodlands of Texas and Oklahoma.” Cite. Both sexes have the orangish-yellowish on the back of the next and the golden patch above their beak. The male has the red cap, while the female has no cap. There was actually a lovely pair of Golden-Fronted Woodpeckers on this tree stump, but pictures of the two of them together did not turn out.
Taken on June 7, 2014 at Estero Llano Grande (Google map here), just north of the Mexican border near Harlingen, Texas, USA.
Linked up with Wild Bird Wednesday.
Soft-Winged Flower Beetle – Collops sp..
Elytron red with corresponding (but not parallel) black spots, red pronotum, black head, and black, segmented antennae. The yellow pollen on the feet is from walking through dandelions, if I recall. Taken in Davenport, Iowa.
European Peacock – Aglais io – also known as peacock butterfly (English), Påfågelöga (Swedish), and Pfauenauge (German).
Back from vacation and catching up on all the photos I took. This colorful butterfly was flying around the rocks on the beach. Västra hamnen in Malmö, Sweden, September 11, 2014.
Interesting: “The Peacock butterfly’s main anti-predator defense mechanism comes from the four large eyespots that it has on its wings. These eyespots are brilliantly colored concentric circles…when attacked, they open their wings, expose their eyespots and perform an intimidating display of threat…When faced with avian predators like the blue tit, the Peacock butterfly makes a hissing noise as well as threateningly displaying its eyespots…While hibernating in dark wintering areas, the Peacock butterfly frequently encounters rodent predators such as small mice. Against these predators, however, the visual display of eyespots is ineffective due to the darkness of the environment. Instead, these rodent predators show a much stronger adverse reaction to the butterfly when it is producing its auditory hissing signal.”
Shared with I Heart Macro, as well!
Ocellated Tiger Beetle – Cicindela ocellata
Tiger Beetles (Cicindelinae), generally, are a Subfamily in the Family of Ground Beetles (Carabidae). “Tiger beetles are a large group of beetles known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed…Tiger beetles often have large bulging eyes, long, slender legs and large curved mandibles. All are predatory, both as adults and as larvae.” Cite. The Ocellated Tiger Beetle “is a southwestern species that is known to occur from Arizona to extreme west Louisiana.” Cite. I assume the name “Ocellated” comes from the many white spots visible on the black body. Thanks to Bug Guide for the ID.
Photograph taken on June 6, 2014 in the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Texas.
Snowy Egret – Egretta thula – also known as der Schmuckreiher (German), la garceta nívea (Spanish), l’Aigrette neigeuse (French), la garzetta nivea (Italian), and Snöhäger (Swedish).
Cornell:“Among the most elegant of the herons, the slender Snowy Egret sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet.” The Snowy Egret is a visitor to Iowa during migration. The breeding plumage is indicated by the time of year and the lacy plumes on the tail.
Photo taken on June 6, 2014 on Mustang Island, Texas.
Sandwich Tern – Thalasseus sandvicensis – also known as die Brandseeschwalbe (German), el charrán patinegro (Spanish), la Sterne caugek (French), il beccapesci (Italian), and kentsk tärna (Swedish).
Sandwich terns are not native to Iowa. In fact, they are only found in the extreme southeastern United States (along the coast) and in the Caribbean. Sandwich terns are distinguishable from other terns by the shaggy crest and long, black, pale-tipped bill. The black crest indicates breeding plumage.
Photos taken on June 6, 2014 on Mustang Island, Texas.
Northern Bobwhite – Colinus virginianus – also known as die Virginiawachtel (German), el colín de Virginia (Spanish), codorniz cotuí norteña (Spanish), le Colin de Virginie (French), il colino della Virginia (Italian), and Vitstrupig vaktel (Swedish).
We wandered into the scrub after Laurence saw the bird from the car. Being a lifer for him, and being completely unexpected, we made sure we tracked him down. Not easy in the long grass. Taken near the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Texas.
Part of the new NF Winged.
American Oystercatcher – Haematopus palliatus – also known as der Braunmantel-Austernfischer (German), El ostrero común americano (Spanish), l’Huîtrier d’Amérique (French), la beccaccia di mare americana (Italian), and Amerikansk strandskata (Swedish).
This large, brightly-colored shorebird is not native to Iowa. In fact, it barely makes it to the Gulf Coast of Texas and the southern half of Florida’s panhandle. It feeds on oysters, mussels, and clams with its long, orange bill. Also identified by the yellow eyes with orange eye rings. This photo was taken on Mustang Island, near Port Aransas, Texas.
Linked up with Camera Critters.
Categorized by family, placed chronologically by common name
Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae)
Bee Flies (Bombyliidae)
Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)
Brown Lacewings (Hemerobiidae)
Bumble Bees, etc. (Apidae)
Carrion Beetles (Silphidae)
Cellar Spiders (Pholcidae)
Centipedes, House (Scutigeridae)
Common Sawflies (Tenthredinidae)
Crane Flies (Tipulidae)
Ermine Moths (Yponomeutidae)
Flower Flies - See Syrphid Flies
Funnel-Web Spiders (Agelenidae)
Ground Beetles (Carabidae)
Honey Bees - See Bumble Bees, etc.
Hornets - See Yellowjackets, etc.
Hover Flies - See Syrphid Flies
Ichneumon Wasps (Ichneumonidae)
Jumping Spiders (Salticidae)
Ladybird Beetles (Coccinellidae)
Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)
Leaffooted Bugs (Coreidae)
Lightning Bugs - See Fireflies
Longhorned Beetles (Cerambycidae)
Mantid Flies (Mantispidae)
Minettia Flies (Minettia)
Narrow-Winged Damselflies (Coenagrionidae)
New York Weevils (Ithyceridae)
Paper Wasps - See Yellowjackets, etc.
Picture-Winged Flies (Ulidiidae)
Plant Bugs (Miridae)
Robber Flies (Asilidae)
Scarab Beetles (Scarabaeidae)
Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae)
Short-horned Grasshoppers (Acrididae)
Signal Flies (Platystomatidae)
Soft-Winged Flower Beetles (Melyridae)
Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae)
Soldier Flies (Stratiomyidae)
Sphinx Moths (Sphingidae)
Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)
Sweat Bees (Halictidae)
Syrphid Flies (Syrphidae)
Tiger Moths (Arctiidae)
Tiphiid Wasps (Tiphiidae)
Yellowjackets, etc. (Vespidae)
Spider Lily - See Spiderwort
Common Garter Snake
Eastern Box Turtle*
Northern Fence Lizard*
Giant Sea Star*
Landscapes / Mountains
Planes / Trains / Autos / Boats
Rainbows / Clouds / Sky Formations
Rivers and Waterways
Signs, Billboards, etc.
Structures / Buildings
Sun and Moon