Great-tailed Grackles, zanates, Quiscalus mexicanus, gracks, sky rats, blackbirds, etc. Whatever you call these birds, they're a striking and tenacious native bird that does incredibly well in the urban environments we've created in the SW US and elsewhere. Houston, TX, USA.
@Spicy_Ibis @bader_diedrich No problem. They're really neat little jumpy things, and must not handle frost too well since the US terrestrial ones are only found deep in the sunbelt. Here's a photo from the top, a much larger and longer legged one from mid elevation (1900ft) wet forests of Oahu, Hawaii.
@Spicy_Ibis @bader_diedrich Some species of non-marine terrestrial amphipod, also known as lawn shrimp. Having seen a lot of the aquatic variety growing up dipnetting (and the ones on saltwater beaches), it's always weird for me to see these fish out of water. Here's one I saw in forests of c. Florida :
Neat little teneb I've always wanted to see. Saw a couple in the sand here! These might to be opportunistically myrmecophilic, based on some scattered accounts. Araeoschizus sp. Chaparral, NM, USA.
Very excited to have photographed this rare ant. This waspy fellow is a male of an uncommonly seen doryline genus, thought to be termite predators. Antwiki says they aren't attracted to lights, but that wasn't our experience at all. Acanthostichus sp. Chaparral, NM, USA.
Moth week is here! Here's one of my favorite moths, on our collection manager's sheet. Though easy to overlook, they have some nice colors. Plus their name is cool. Cosmopterix sp. Slaterville Springs, NY, USA.
Been trying to catch one of these stunning longhorns for years! They always seem to take flight the second before I'm ready, but not this time. Plinthocoelium suaveolens near Kingsbury, TX, USA.