Today is catch-up day, in which I put together a few singletons and doubletons submitted by diverse readers. Their captions and IDs are indented.
First, two lepidopterans from Diana MacPherson.
Here area couple of moth pictures I took. I never noticed this moth before though it’s around a lot. I think I only saw the fluttering around and they look just plain brown but you can see the brilliant orange and blue they have on them. I took these pictures hand held with a Canon macro lens mounted to my Sony full frame camera. The full frame allows me to shoot at higher ISO than I normally can and therefore I can shoot slower frames and have more light get in while still not shaking the crap out of the camera so the image doesn’t end up with motion blur. The first picture I put on Flickr (https://flic.kr/p/2jhHkBF) and it was chosen by them for their Explore page which is a page showcases images. When that happens, thousands view your image.Ctenucha virginica Moth on Catnip:
Ctenucha virginica Moth Eating Catnip Nectar:
An adorable baby squirrel from Christopher Moss:
Usually it’s the second week of July when I see the baby American Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), so we must be running a few days behind this year. Generally I find them lying on the ground and looking rather dazed, as if their parents have thrown them from the drey without much care for where and how they land. But the first I’ve spotted this year has already discovered where the sunflower seeds live. We’ll see if we can fatten him, or her, up enough to make it through the winter.
From Gregory James, sent yesterday with the title, “An alien at our door.” Does anybody know the species?
From Kristin Wells:
This picture was taken from Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas near Congress Bridge. The dark grouping is a stream of Mexican Free-Tailed Bats (Tadarida brasilliensis) flying out from under the bridge. This was taken in mid-October last year and despite it being later in the season, I was lucky enough to see three streams of bats.
If you’re ever in Austin, show up at sunset to see this spectacle:
From Patrick Tracy:
Here’s a Cynomys ludovicianus, a.k.a. a black-tailed prairie dog, caught in the act of a jump-yip. The photo was take at Rothman Park in Lafayette, Colorado on March 23, 2020 (yesterday).
Here’s another Cynomys ludovicanus (black-tailed prairie dog) photo, taken about 30 meters from the last one I sent. This shot was taken with a GoPro Hero2, one of about 640 images taken for a time lapse video [JAC: see below]. When I look at them they make me think of cynodonts, which shared many traits and behaviors.
Here’s the video: