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Categorized by genus/species, placed chronologically by common name

    American Coot

    American Crow

    American Flamingo*

    American Goldfinch

    American Kestrel

    American Oystercatcher*

    American Robin

    American Tree Sparrow

    American White Pelican

    Bald Eagle

    Baltimore Oriole

    Barn Swallow

    Barnacle Goose*

    Belted Kingfisher

    Black-and-White Warbler

    Black-Capped Chickadee

    Black-Headed Gull*

    Black Vulture*

    Blue Jay

    Blue Tit*

    Blue-Winged Teal



    Broad-Winged Hawk

    Brown Creeper

    Brown-Headed Cowbird

    Brown Thrasher


    Canada Goose


    Cape May Warbler*

    Carolina Chickadee*

    Carolina Wren

    Cedar Waxwing

    Chipping Sparrow

    Common Gallinule

    Common Goldeneye

    Common Grackle

    Common Gull*

    Common Merganser

    Common Moorhen*

    Common Pochard*

    Common Redpoll

    Cooper's Hawk

    Dark-Eyed Junco


    Double-Crested Cormorant

    Downy Woodpecker

    Eastern Bluebird

    Eastern Goldfinch - See American Goldfinch

    Eastern Kingbird

    Eastern Meadowlark

    Eastern Phoebe

    Eastern Towhee

    Eastern Wood Pewee

    Eurasian Blackbird*

    Eurasian Collared Dove

    Eurasian Coot*

    Eurasian Jackdaw*

    Eurasian Magpie*

    Eurasian Tree Sparrow*

    European Serin*

    European Starling

    Fox Sparrow

    Golden-Crowned Kinglet

    Golden-Fronted Woodpecker*

    Gray Catbird

    Graylag Goose

    Great Black-backed Gull*

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Cormorant*

    Great Egret

    Great Grey Shrike

    Great Spotted Woodpecker*

    Great Tit*

    Greater Flamingo*

    Greater White-Fronted Goose*

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Harlequin Duck

    Hermit Thrush

    Herring Gull

    Hooded Crow*

    Horned Lark

    House Finch

    House Sparrow

    House Wren

    Indigo Bunting


    Laughing Gull*

    Lesser Black-backed Gull*

    Lesser Scaup

    Lincoln's Sparrow

    Magnolia Warbler

    Mallard (Domestic)

    Mallard (Wild)

    Mourning Dove

    Mute Swan*

    Neotropic Cormorant*

    Northern Cardinal

    Northern Flicker

    Northern Rough-Winged Swallow

    Northern Shoveler

    Northern Shrike - See Great Grey Shrike

    Orange-Crowned Warbler

    Painted Bunting*

    Palm Warbler

    Red-Bellied Woodpecker

    Red-Breasted Nuthatch

    Red-Headed Woodpecker

    Red-Legged Thrush*

    Red-Tailed Hawk

    Red-Winged Blackbird

    Ring-Billed Gull

    Ring-Necked Duck

    Rock Pigeon


    Ross's Goose*

    Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

    Ruddy Turnstone*

    Sandwich Tern*

    Scarlet Tanager

    Smooth-Billed Ani*

    Solitary Sandpiper

    Song Sparrow

    Spotted Sandpiper

    Swamp Sparrow

    Syrian Woodpecker*

    Tricolored Heron*

    Tufted Duck*

    Tufted Titmouse

    Tundra Swan*

    Turkey Vulture

    White-Breasted Nuthatch

    White-Cheeked Pintail*

    White-Crowned Pigeon*

    White-Crowned Sparrow

    White-Eyed Vireo

    White-Throated Sparrow

    White-Winged Dove

    Wild Turkey

    Wilson's Warbler

    Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow-Legged Gull

    Yellow-Rumped Warbler


    American Beaver

    Common Raccoon

    Eastern Chipmunk

    Eastern Cottontail

    Eastern Fox Squirrel

    Eastern Gray Squirrel

    Groundhog - See Woodchuck

    Ground Squirrel - See Eastern Chipmunk

    Red Fox

    Striped Skunk

    Virginia Opossum

    White-Tailed Deer


Nature Blog Network
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Bronzed Tiger Beetle (Cicindela repanda)

Bronzed Tiger BeetleCicindela repanda – also known as Common Shore Tiger Beetle and Shore Tiger Beetle.

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 Bronzed Tiger Beetle’s “[c]ommon habitats are very close to water, but this species can be found in a variety of environments. Some of the most common places these beetles live are pond edges, banks and sandbars of rivers and streams, mud flats, and shorelines. This is a spring/fall species with a 2-year lifecycle.” Cite. Labrum small with one tooth; pronotum coppery and hairy. Thanks to Bug Guide for the ID. The Bronzed Tiger Beetle is also the first known tiger beetle to feed on fruit!

Taken July 6, 2014 in Oak Run, Illinois, on a beach on Spoon Lake.

Linking up with NF Blo-Ma, Makro Montag, Macro Monday, and I Heart Macro.

Posted by: Mike in: Illinois,Insects at 6:01 pm

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Monday, October 27, 2014
Centennial Bridge

Davenport, Iowa 2014

Our World Tuesday

Monday, October 27, 2014

While a proponent of free market solutions myself, no particular political theory can possibly provide an answer to every problem. So, in response to those who present faultless free market solutions, and in order to better articulate how a free market response would succeed and fail, I present the following critique.

How the Free Market Would Handle Epidemics and Quarantines

I’ll start with two major proponents of free market solutions, Robert P. Murphy and Christopher Cantwell.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014
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Västra hamnen, Malmö, Sweden 2012

Photohunt: Rock

Posted by: Mike in: Structures,Sweden,Travel at 7:00 am

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Golden-Fronted WoodpeckerMelanerpes 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.

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 7:06 am

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Monday, October 13, 2014
Soft-winged Flower Beetles (Melyridae) (3)

Soft-Winged Flower BeetleCollops 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.

Linked up with Makro Montag, Macro Monday, NF Blo-Ma/Winged,and I Heart Macro.

Posted by: Mike in: Insects,Iowa at 8:00 am

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Monday, October 6, 2014
Peacock Butterfly (Aglais io)

European PeacockAglais 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.”

Linked up with Makro Montag, Macro Monday, NF Blo-Ma and NF Winged.

Shared with I Heart Macro, as well!

Posted by: Mike in: Insects,Sweden at 9:00 am

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Ocellated Tiger Beetle (Cicindela ocellata)

Ocellated Tiger BeetleCicindela 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.

Linking up with NF Blo-Ma, Makro Montag, and Macro Monday.

Photograph taken on June 6, 2014 in the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Texas.

Posted by: Mike in: Insects,Texas at 7:16 pm

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Snowy Egret, Adult in Breeding Plumage

Snowy EgretEgretta 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.

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and NF Winged.

Photo taken on June 6, 2014 on Mustang Island, Texas.

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 12:00 pm

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Monday, August 11, 2014
Train Going Slowly Through the Flood Waters

Train heading though downtown Davenport during the flooding from the Mississippi River last month.

Linked up with Our World Tuesday and Wednesday Around the World.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage
Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage
Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage
Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage
Sandwich Tern - Adult - Breeding Plumage

Sandwich TernThalasseus 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.

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and NF Winged. Stewart started the WBW link-up with Artic Terns, so I decided to link-up with Sandwich Terns from my Texas trip with Butler’s Birds.

Photos taken on June 6, 2014 on Mustang Island, Texas.

Posted by: Mike in: Birds,Texas at 7:49 pm

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Saturday, August 2, 2014
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The Black Church (Biserica Neagră), Brașov, Romania, in front of the Hollywood-style “Brasov” sign on Tâmpa Mountain, 2013

Photohunt: Cloudy

Posted by: Mike in: Romania,Travel at 7:00 am

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Categorized by family, placed chronologically by common name

    Ants (Formicidae)

    Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae)

    Bee Flies (Bombyliidae)

    Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

    Brown Lacewings (Hemerobiidae)

    Brushfooted Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

    Bumble Bees, etc. (Apidae)

    Carrion Beetles (Silphidae)

    Cellar Spiders (Pholcidae)

    Centipedes, House (Scutigeridae)

    Cicadas (Cicadidae)

    Common Sawflies (Tenthredinidae)

    Crane Flies (Tipulidae)

    Emeralds (Corduliidae)

    Ermine Moths (Yponomeutidae)

    Fireflies (Lampyridae)

    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)

    Katydids (Tettigoniidae)

    Ladybird Beetles (Coccinellidae)

    Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)

    Leaffooted Bugs (Coreidae)

    Leafhoppers (Cicadellidae)

    Lightning Bugs - See Fireflies

    Longhorned Beetles (Cerambycidae)

    Mantid Flies (Mantispidae)

    Mantids (Mantidae)

    Minettia Flies (Minettia)

    Narrow-Winged Damselflies (Coenagrionidae)

    New York Weevils (Ithyceridae)

    Orb-Weavers (Araneidae)

    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)

    Spittlebugs (Cercopidae)

    Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)

    Swallowtails (Papilionidae)

    Sweat Bees (Halictidae)

    Syrphid Flies (Syrphidae)

    Tiger Moths (Arctiidae)

    Tiphiid Wasps (Tiphiidae)

    Yellowjackets, etc. (Vespidae)


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      Crown Vetch


      Day Lily

      Field Marigold


      Mountain Blue

      Palm Tree*

      Purple Coneflower



      Spider Lily - See Spiderwort



      Sweet Alyssum


      Whorled Tickseed

      Wild Pansy



      American Toad

      Common Garter Snake

      Eastern Box Turtle*

      Green Frog

      Long-Tailed Salamander*

      Northern Fence Lizard*

      Painted Turtle


      Giant Sea Star*

      Nassau Grouper*

      Puffer Fish*

      Scrawled Filefish*

      Sergeant Major*

      Spanish Hogfish*

      Spotted Grouper*

      Stoplight Parrotfish*

      Yellowhead Wrasse*

      Yellowtail Snapper*





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