Today we have a diverse selection of both critters and contributors:
First, a hymenopteran from reader Ant:
What I’ve tentatively identified as a mammoth wasp (Megascolia (Regiscolia) maculataflavifrons also Scolia flavifrons). This specimen was about 4 cm long.[JAC: 2.54 cm/inch, so about 1.6 inches!] and quite docile, but one of our party got quite a shock when she saw what had landed on her back. (No pics of that!) Le Jardin des Abeilles, Corsica, 8 July.
From reader Glenn Butler, of Portsmouth, Virginia:
Not great pics from my ipad, but an unfortunate trio of squirrels that had their nest tree removed. Their mother should come back for them, but if not we’ll be sure wildlife rehab tends to them.
I’m posting the best of the baby squirrel pictures.
Reader Rob sends two photos of Spruce Grouse (Grice?), Dendragapus canadensis.
These are shots of the elusive Spruce Grouse. The big bird is momma looking down on us as her 3 chicks were foraging on the ground. This was a Great Wass Island, a sanctuary managed by the Nature Conservancy north of Arcadia National Park.
When sending photos, please don’t forget the Latin binomial, or it will make extra work for the management!
I assume this is a chick, but I don’t know from grice:
From Reader Stephen Barnard in Idaho:
A Western Wood Pewee [Contopus sordidulus]perched on my tripod before and after catching a meal.
Male Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri):
And I’m sneaking in a spiffy new logo for Professor Ceiling Cat designed by reader Aneris: