May was a good month to flip open some identification books, open tabs on identification websites, and start labeling organisms.
Some were easy to the species, some I was lucky to have evidence to assign by genus or even subfamily. Some I’ve seen throughout much of my life and everyone seems to know the common names, others are bark beetles (subfamily classification). I selected 10 for this Project365 installment.
In full disclosure, I as of yet do not have a macro lens and will forego the expense of extension tubes and put that funding toward a macro lens. SO much this month I wished I could get closer.
So those two were easy. I merely double checked the scientific names (I tend to switch the sweetgum and sycamore Latin names) and never doubted myself.
As I didn’t see the caterpillar or the moth forms, I’m taking the internet’s word on that one. The cocoons are most distinct, and Arkansas lists for insects don’t include other bagworms, so odds are I identified that correctly. I feel like I should get a grade on this….
I’m not sure how much time I spent challenging myself to start labeling all of my photos that feature an organism, but it is fun. Photography encourages me to notice more of what is around me and taxonomy enforces that effort to a greater depth. There are some serious naturalists in the blogosphere that may find error in the names I’ve included in this post. By all means suggest corrections! You won’t hurt my feelings.
In case of curiosity, I tend to rely on the following sites for identification (in supplement to regional guidebooks):