I hope people are enjoying these photos, as I know the photographers go to a lot of trouble to take them and send them to me. But if you do like some of them, let the photographer know in the comments. I have a respectable queue now, so there will be more, but if I decide to continue this, please keep sending me photos. As always, I ask for GOOD ones, ones that are interesting, inspiring, cute, or beautiful.
Reader Sarah Crews sent four photos of arthropods:
Here’s an American Carrion Beetle (Necrophila americana), with one photo showing it cleaning up some sort of mammal at night. Hoosier National Forest, near West Baden Springs, Indiana.
An opiliones [“harvestmen”] munching a carabid beetle (also HNF near West Baden Springs) . Opiliones are arachnids without venom that always seem a little dopey and awkward (though tropical ones look pretty tough), but obviously are excellent predators (I mean, it’s eating a predatory ground beetle!)
A one spotted tiger beetle (I think), Cylindera unipunctata, from Morgan Ridge, Hoosier NF. [JAC: it doesn’t look as iridescent as the ones online]:
Reader Pete Moulton sent some mammal photos, including a skunk, one of my favorite species. I had a striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) for several years as a pet. But I believe there are four species endemic to the U.S., of which this is one.
Western Hognose Skunk Conepatus mesoleucus, just one of the four species of skunks in Arizona, at the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum near Superior. I understand quite well that not everyone likes skunks, but they’re handsome animals, and I always enjoy finding and photographing them.
Rock Squirrel, Otospermophilus variegatus, enjoying a snack at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. The mottled look to the pelage is its key fieldmark, as well as the source of its species epithet.
Round-tailed Ground Squirrel, Xerospermophilus tereticaudus, apparently seeking some greener pastures from its perch in an ocotillo; also at the Desert Botanical Garden.