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Black and Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

jansonjones

Date

August 2, 2011

Description

A residential black and yellow argiope in Valdosta, Georgia. Not exactly uncommon.
~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea

Observer

jansonjones

Date

September 29, 2011

Description

Our resident green tree frog: this individual has staked a claim on the back corner of our house. By day, the frog hangs out under the roof's edge. By night? It's dinner time on the back patio. A beautiful frog housemate.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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cyrtaucheniid spiders Family Cyrtaucheniidae

Observer

jansonjones

Date

December 23, 2011

Description

Myrmekiaphila torreya, the Torreya trapdoor spider, photographed in Lowndes county, Georgia (23 December 2011). http://dusttracks.com.

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Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 12, 2012

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I was thinking ruffled grouse, but the map didn't show the species ranging all the way to south Georgia... Turns out Northern bobwhite is the key (with thanks to loarie and the good Dr. May on Facebook). Rah!

There were two of them along the edge of Knight Academy Road just east of Valdosta and west of Grand Bay WMA. The road is somewhat rural and undeveloped.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 6, 2012

Description

Red-ear sliders! Yes, they are a little more than uncommon in the American southeast nowadays. These were spotted in a small creek running through the VSU campus in Valdosta, Georgia.

NOTE: the top individual in the second photograph could be another species. Undetermined. The other two, however, are most certainly red-eareds.

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Southern Toad Anaxyrus terrestris

Observer

jansonjones

Date

February 4, 2012

Description

One of our local southern toads. Plenty of southern toads in the neighborhood, even in February.

Awesome.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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jansonjones

Date

March 14, 2012

Description

Bipalium kewense is a predatory flatworm. They wreak havoc on reglular ole' earthworms. Tough little buggers. I found this one patrolling my front stoop late at night after a decent series of thunderstorms.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 14, 2012

Description

The green tree frogs have arrived for the spring. The night of 14 March was the first green tree frog night of 2012. The afternoon/evening thunderstorms and the warming temperatures have beckoned the Green Ones to our windows!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 18, 2012

Description

Found along the edge of one of the (many) trails at Langdale Park in Valdosta, Georgia. This still needs to be identified.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) Spizella passerina

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 17, 2012

Description

The first birds to tackle the bird feeder this spring. Chipping sparrow, Spizella passerina?

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Little Brown Skink Scincella lateralis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 18, 2012

Description

Most likely Scincella lateralis, but I'd love confirmation. Scooting about in the brush at Langdale Park in Valdosta, Georgia.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Carpenterworm Moth (Prionoxystus robiniae) Prionoxystus robiniae

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 14, 2012

Description

This carpenterworm moth was loitering about my back patio. The first image was taken on 14 March (late at night), the second was taken on the following morning. The moth hung around for quite some time...

Thanks to anita363 for the identification help!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Redbelly Water Snake Nerodia erythrogaster ssp. erythrogaster

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 26, 2012

Description

I've spotted a second Nerodia species on the Valdosta State University campus: the redbelly watersnake, Nerodia erythrogaster erythtrogaster (known commonly as the plain-bellied watersnake, Nerodia erythrogaster). The other positively identified species is Nerodia fasciata, the southern banded watersnake. I wouldn't be surprised to find a brown watersnake in the area, as well. It's a rich little creek system that runs right through campus and is jammed with tadpoles, frogs, small fish, and crayfish. Just right for the Nerodias (a few of them, at least). This individual was very near molting, but I was still unable to catch it (without likely getting wet -- I had an exam a few hours later!)

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Redbelly Water Snake Nerodia erythrogaster ssp. erythrogaster

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 28, 2012

Description

This is a redbelly watersnake, Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, observed on the Valdosta State University campus in south Georgia. A small creek runs westward through campus. This creak has a decent population of Nerodias (mainly N. e. erythrogaster and N. f. fasciata, from what I've seen), frogs (mainly bronze frogs and perhaps bullfrogs), some turtles (red bellies and yellow bellies), and little fishies/crayfish. It's a fantastic little creek!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Palmetto Weevil Rhynchophorus cruentatus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

April 27, 2012

Description

This is a palmetto weevil, Rhynchophorus cruentatus, I found trekking around our front yard in Valdosta, Georgia. The little critter was cooperative for a moment and then swiftly flew away.

~ janson, http://dusttracks.com

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Common Pill-bug Armadillidium vulgare

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

Yeah, so "roly-polies" are pretty common, but still... I figured I'd photograph and represent a couple -- at least for Life List purposes. Here in Valdosta, we've got a ton of these isopods. Very, very abundant in my neighborhood.

~ janson, http://dusttracks.com

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Giant Agave Bug Acanthocephala thomasi

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

There is apparently no shortage of Acanthocephalas here in Valdosta. I've seen quite a few, along with this year's crop of wheel and assassin bugs. Quite abundant in my backyard!

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Two-lined Spittlebug Prosapia bicincta

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

This is (another) common arthropod in my neck of the woods (and elsewhere), but by god: it deserves representation! I've been seeing a good number of these on my back patio at night. They're one of the many species that clamor around my patio lights.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Snowy Tree Cricket Oecanthus fultoni

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

This was a new one for me, the snowy tree cricket. It was a visitor to my back patio, attracted by the patio lights. It's the only one I've seen in my neighborhood this year. A very cool camper who soon after took off for another recreational, nocturne park with bright lights.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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Click Beetle Orthostethus infuscatus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

This click beetle is one of many click beetles and other arthropods clustered around my back patio lights on 22 May 2012. I've seen a good number of these during the late spring and early summer nights.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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False Bombardier Beetle Galerita bicolor

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 23, 2012

Description

While a good number of other arthropods were busy clamoring around my back patio lights, this false bombardier was patrolling a backyard tree -- well away from the hustle and bustle of patio life. A cool bug with an impressive ability to spray acid at would-be predators. (I kept my distance, just in case.)

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Greenhouse Frog Eleutherodactylus planirostris

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 23, 2012

Description

Looks like we've got greenhouse frogs established in our south Georgia neighborhood! I've seen a few of these this past year in the backyard. Far less common than the cricket frogs, but still enough to make an impression. The species is native to the West Indies, I believe.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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Little Brown Skink Scincella lateralis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

May 23, 2012

Description

While rummaging about for cricket and greenhouse frogs, I came across this skittish little brown skink. In south Georgia, I've seen far more broad headed skinks than any other species -- but that's probably because of their size and surface activity. These little dudes and dudettes tend to stay somewhat hidden. I've seen maybe a half dozen or so in my backyard this past year.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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Chanterelle Cantharellus cibarius

Observer

jansonjones

Date

June 5, 2012

Description

Images of chanterelle growing in our backyard. Nothing to divine about this, but they are lovely!

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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Citrine Forktail Ischnura hastata

Observer

jansonjones

Date

June 18, 2012

Description

This is a citrine forktail; more specifically, it's an immature female citrine forktail. I identified the little lovely with the help of Giff Beaton's Dragonflies & Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast (U. of Georgia Press 2007). The tiny little grace dallied about one of our backyard shrubs for a few moments and then sliced her way through the air and over our fence. Glad I spotted her. She was quite lovely!

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Dusk Singing Cicada Tibicen auletes

Observer

jansonjones

Date

June 17, 2012

Description

This is Tibicen auletes, the Northern dusk singing cicada, photographed in my backyard on 17 June 2012. We had a ton of these in the neighborhood during June, flying into the house, calling from the trees, and making a general racket. This individual was fairly sedate, perhaps starting to wind down?

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Dusk Singing Cicada Tibicen auletes

Observer

jansonjones

Date

June 18, 2012

Description

This northern dusk singing cicada, Tibicen auletes, was just completing ecdysis, the process of shedding its pupal exoskeleton and taking the form of an adult (imago) cicada. Most of the cicada’s life is spent as a pupa, hidden underground and feeding from tree roots. Quite late in its life span, it emerges from the ground, sheds its pupal exoskeleton, and assumes its winged, adult form with a new brand-spanking-new exoskeleton. Only then is the cicada a sexually-reproducable adult.

I was quite lucky to find this bright green cicada just at the end of ecdysis. By the time I ran back inside, grabbed my camera, and got back to the fence line, the cicada had just finished emerging from the old exoskeleton.

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Fork-tailed Bush Katydid Scudderia furcata

Observer

jansonjones

Date

June 17, 2012

Description

A fork-tailed bush katydid visited the back patio on 17 June 2012. I have no idea what's going on with the posterior, but welcome any explanation from those more In-The-Know!!!

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Little Brown Skink Scincella lateralis

Observer

jansonjones

Date

June 16, 2012

Description

The only thing really remarkable about this one is that I managed to actually catch it. I caught a fleeting glimpse of the skink disappearing beneath a bed a pine needles in my backyard. Somehow I managed to find the little scamper! We've got quite a few of these on our property, but most of them remain well hidden and out of sight.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Great Blue Skimmer Libellula vibrans

Observer

jansonjones

Date

June 19, 2012

Description

Behold! The Great Blue Skimmer! This rather awesome adult male decided to land himself on my fence and just chill the hell out. I had time to go get my camera, come back, creep close, and shoot some awesome macros before he decided to finally take flight and disappear over the fence. A fantastic dragonfly!

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com