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Black and Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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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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Coastal Plains Cricket Frog Acris gryllus ssp. gryllus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

August 31, 2011

Description

This is a subspecies of the southern cricket frog, the coastal plains cricket frog, Acris gryllus gryllus. In this neck of the woods, they're pretty much everywhere. A thick population density in my neighborhood and in Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Green Frog Lithobates clamitans

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jansonjones

Date

August 31, 2011

Description

In south Georgia we have the bronze frog, Lithobates clamitans clamitans -- the type/subspecies of Lithobates clamitans (the green frog). I'm not too familiar with subspecies status of this genus/species, so I'm tagging this as the general green frog. They're firmly established in Grand Bay WMA. This individual was found hiding in a root hole.

~ 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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Green Frog Lithobates clamitans

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jansonjones

Date

October 27, 2011

Description

Lithobates clamitans clamitans is locally known as the bronze frog, not the green frog. And for good reason: they're bronze, not green. I've seen a decent number of these at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area northeast of Valdosta.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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North American Millipede Narceus americanus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

August 23, 2011

Description

Millipede of power! I've seen quite a few of this species romping about since moving to south Georgia in the summer of 2011.

~ 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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Katydids Family Tettigoniidae

Observer

jansonjones

Date

January 7, 2012

Description

I suspect this is some species of conehead katydid, though I'm not sure about the species. The little bugger was hanging out just on the underside of some dead wood. Surprised me when I found it. Very calm, very still. Didn't make much of an effort to move away.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

January 7, 2012

Description

Grand Bay was moderately quiet on this mild January day, but there was one red-shouldered hawk hanging out and doing its thing.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Gray Ratsnake Pantherophis spiloides

Observer

jansonjones

Date

January 8, 2012

Description

If it weren't for Tom Spinker's excellent flickr album focused on Grand Bay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42389547@N00/sets/72157608307553993/), where this juvenile gray rat snake was photographed, I would've probably misidentified it as a juvenile yellow (black) rat snake, as they're damn near identical as juveniles. Spinker's photographed a few easily-identifiable adult gray rat snakes in this immediate vicinity, so I'm fairly comfortable with the identification as it stands. (Taxonomic debate with eastern/yellow/black/gray rat snakes is an entirely different matter.)

The young snake was resting under a rotten log, but quickly gained energy in the low-70s air temperature and direct January sunlight. A cute, cute snake.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Coastal Plains Cricket Frog Acris gryllus ssp. gryllus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

February 4, 2012

Description

The cricket frogs are out and about here in Valdosta, Georgia. I saw a few scampering about in Grand Bay WMA just northeast of town earlier this afternoon. Spring is in the air. This is, I believe, the Coastal Plains cricket frog subspecies, Acris gryllus gryllus.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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jansonjones

Date

February 4, 2012

Description

I saw this little War of the Worlds water bug chilling out in a wetland area of Grand Bay WMA in south Georgia. I believe this a nymph Lethocerus americanus -- a not-so-giant giant water bug.

Update: it could be a species of Abedus? Just not sure...

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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jansonjones

Date

February 4, 2012

Description

I've been finding plenty of these centipedes, Scolopocryptops sexspinosus, in and around Valdosta, Georgia since moving here. They're extremely abundant in this area (though, I suppose they're extremely abundant throughout most of the south -- at least).

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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jansonjones

Date

February 28, 2012

Description

This fungi was photographed in south Georgia at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area on 28 February 2012 -- toward the end of what will hopefully be our final "cold" snap and after a week of fairly constant rain. Any help identifying this would be greatly appreciated!

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

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jansonjones

Date

February 28, 2012

Description

This fungi was photographed at Grand Bay WMA just east/northeast of Valdosta, Georgia on 29 February 2012 -- after a week of chilly weather and nearly-constant rain. Any help identifying this would be greatly appreciated!

~ janson "not a fungi expert" jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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Parmotrema

Observer

jansonjones

Date

February 28, 2012

Description

With thanks to Kueda, it looks like this is some species of genus Parmotrema. They're related to lichen, but not actually lichen (lichen is a genus, not a family).

I done learned somethin' new, y'all!

Kudos to Kueda. Again!

Any fungi experts care to try to whittle this identification down closer to the species level?

Photographed in south Georgia on 28 February 2012.

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

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Southern Banded Water Snake Nerodia fasciata ssp. fasciata

Observer

jansonjones

Date

February 28, 2012

Description

This is a southern watersnake, Nerodia fasciata fasciata, photographed at Grand Bay WMA in south Georgia on 28 February 2012. After a week of cold temperatures and lots of rain, the watersnake was basking on a clump of dead dead limbs between a dirt road and a canal-channel. The snake was quite thin and in dire need of a good meal. Still, quite responsive and alert. Just a little slower than the Nerodias typically are.

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

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jansonjones

Date

February 28, 2012

Description

This is a new spider for me. It was found under a rotting log in Grand Bay WMA in southern Georgia, a bit east and north of Valdosta. It looked like the spider had a web built under the log, though it didn't look concretely funnelish. Coras medicinalis?

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

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Dragonflies and Damselflies Order Odonata

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2012

Description

I picked up a dip net and am starting to explore what's beneath the water's surface in south Georgia and Florida. This is new territory for me, as evidenced by the innumerable invertebrates and arthropods I found -- organisms I don't know and can't identify. Hoping to get some feedback and advice on iNaturalist!

Update: Judging from the comments, it sounds like this is a dragonfly nymph! Thanks for the tips, Masters O' Identification!

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

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Dragonflies and Damselflies Order Odonata

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2012

Description

Another arthropod I found while dip-netting at Grand Bay WMA in southern Georgia. Clearly an insect, likely a dragonfly nymph, but what genus and/or species? You got me.

Any ideas?

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

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jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2012

Description

This is a crayfish I found at Grand Bay WMA in southern Georgia. There were numerous individuals found in a short period of time. Not sure of genus and species, however. Need to investigate further. Any tips?

Two individuals from the same sample are represented here.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Green Frog Lithobates clamitans

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2012

Description

This is a rather large tadpole found in Grand Bay WMA in southern Georgia. Given the density of bronze frogs in the area (Lithobates clamitans clamitans) and after contrasting bullfrog tadpole imaging with this species online, I'm fairly confident this is, in fact, a bronze frog tadpole. Size is right, description is right, and the range is right.

At Grand Bay, bronze frogs (as they're called here) are quite abundant. Good to see a tadpole phase at last.

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

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Six-spotted Fishing Spider Dolomedes triton

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2012

Description

If I had a nickel for every fishing spider I came across today... well, I could almost buy a half a coke at disney world. They were quite abundant in Grand Bay WMA in south Georgia today. Quite abundant indeed.

I thin,

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

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Livebearers and lampeyes Family Poeciliidae

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2012

Description

I haven't been much of a fish guy in my life to date. I know the bigger ones -- the ones you like to eat... But the little'uns? No clue. Hoping to turn that around and learn a thing or two. So, having said that, any idea what this tiny little bugger may be? It was snagged at Grand Bay WMA in south Georgia (with a small dip net). The fish is, of course, very, very small. Also very lovely. (And yes, the fish was returned safely to the water... it wasn't quite a keeper...)

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

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Coastal Plains Cricket Frog Acris gryllus ssp. gryllus

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2012

Description

There is no shortage of Coastal Plains cricket frogs (Acris g. gryllus) in south Georgia. I see them damn near every time I visit Grand Bay WMA outside of Valdosta. At least when it's not freezing... I also see them often enough in my backyard. Water or no water, they seem to always be around.

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

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slime molds (Class Myxomycetes) Class Myxomycetes

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 1, 2012

Description

Bright yellow fungi! (Right? Or is it a slime mold? I just don't know...)

I'm hoping Identotron will work its mojo with this one. I'm also hoping to get some feedback from those fungi and/or mold experts out there. This was photographed at Grand Bay WMA in south Georgia, just east and north of Valdosta. The week prior, we had a good amount of rain (with accompanying chilly temperatures).

Any ideas?

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Lutarium Toe-biter Belostoma lutarium

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 12, 2012

Description

Most certainly a member of Belostomatidae, but I'm not sure if the genus is Abedus or Lethocerus. I'd thought with an earlier individual in the same area it was Lethocerus (at the prompting of a friend), but now I'm wondering if these aren't Abedus...? Any ideas?

Update: The folks over at bugguide.net believe this is Belostoma lutarium. I'm not one to disagree with the folks at bugguide.net.

~ janson jones,
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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Yellowbelly Slider Trachemys scripta ssp. scripta

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 12, 2012

Description

Time to start working on the south Georgia turtle identifications... (Identotron, I'm looking at you, kid.)

Judging from Tom Spinker's excellent description and identifications of similar turtles in this immediate area (over on Flickr), this should be a juvenile yellow belly slider, Trachemys scripta scripta. Lots of these turtles line the entrance canal to Grand Bay from Knight Academy Road.

Confirmation or correction would be appreciated!

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com

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Yellowbelly Slider Trachemys scripta ssp. scripta

Observer

jansonjones

Date

March 12, 2012

Description

Yellowbelly sliders FTW! Plenty of these turtles at Grand Bay WMA, particularly along the entrance canal off of Knight Academy Road.

~ janson jones,
http://dusttracks.com