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Subject: other animals
Location: Vancouver, WA
August 13, 2015 8:26 am
I love your website! You have helped me on more than one occasion. Do you know of a similar site to help one identify other animals? Specifically, today’s question regards a frog that a neighbor found in her upstairs bathroom in western washington this morning. She has a picture of it. I haven’t found one I’m sure of by searching images, so wondered if there is a good source to ask. Thanks!
Signature: Carla Dillenburg

Pacific Chorus Frog

Pacific Chorus Frog

Dear Carla,
The very loose definition we use for “Bug” is “things that crawl” so we do have an Amphibian category on our site.  This is a Pacific Tree Frog or Pacific Chorus Frog, and according to State Symbols USA:  “The Pacific chorus frog (also called Pacific tree frog) can be brown, tan, grey or green, and produce their charming sound by puffing up their throat sacs to three times the size of their heads.”  The site also notes:  “Washington designated the Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla) as the official state amphibian in 2007 (proposed by a third grade class at Boston Harbor Grade School in North Olympia, Washington). The Pacific chorus frog is a native amphibian found in every county of Washington state.”  California Herps has some nice images.

Thank you!  Is it possible it arrived in her second floor bathroom via plumbing?  She has no windows in that bathroom, and all other windows screened and closed.

We think not.  Tree Frogs climb quite well, and we would favor a window or accidental transport.

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Subject: Weird bug in tank
Location: Karnse county, TX
May 2, 2015 2:18 pm
I found this bug in a tank at my house and was wondering what kind its
Signature: thanks

Dragonfly Naiad and Tadpoles

Dragonfly Naiad and Tadpoles

This is an aquatic Dragonfly Nymph, known as a Naiad, an aquatic predator that may eat your small Tadpoles.

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fishing spider??
August 22, 2011 10:17 am
i posted pics to your facebbok page and have tried 3 time s unsuccessfully ot send them to you on here, it wont upload them. its a green spider, in the water and it had grabbed a tiny tadpole out of the water. its beena  couple of months since i posted them! wondering if you can help!
Signature: BIBEF

we do not check the facebook pages.  We reserve that as an open forum.  We only post letters that come to our website directly.  We are very curious about the photos of the spider you describe and we would love to see the photos.  Your aphid photos did arrive correctly.  Try attaching the spider photos to this response and please add all the information on the sighting, like location and date.

hope it works this way, i have seen spiders near water, but never IN the water. the one pic is a good one of the spider, you can see its feet pressing on the surface of the water, and the second which sadly came out blurry, you can see the tadpole it grabbed out of the water in its mouth. i was only able to get the one with te tadpole and almost fell in the pond trying to get that one, so thats why only the blurry one! ive look ed at fishing spiders on your site and they dont really look like this one, but that could just be me!!

Six Spotted Fishing Spider

Dear Bibef,
We are very happy we requested you to resend these photos.  Other letters from you have come from Ohio.  Is this also Ohio?  This is definitely a Fishing Spider in the genus
Dolomedes, and we have identified it as a Six Spotted Fishing Spider, Dolomedes triton.  We have some old images in our archives, including these images from Louisiana, and this image from Florida,  but your image is the only we have received depicting a food chain image with aquatic prey.

Six Spotted Fishing Spider eats Tadpole

yes ohio, caesars creek state park to be exact, and thank you, fun finding out they come in a variety of colors!!

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another for you archives
Location: el dorado county, california
May 5, 2011 8:34 pm
i see these little guys quite often, was wondering on the species,
Signature: adric


Dear adric,
This is some species of Salamander, an amphibian.  We couldn’t match the markings on your specimen to any of the individuals pictured on the Identifying California Salamanders website, however it seems most like the Pacific Newts in the genus
Taricha.  Your location in El Dorado County indicates the likeliest species is the Sierra Newt, Taricha sierrae, however, the mottling on your specimen is quite different from all the images on that website.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to confirm or correct us while we are at work today.  The coloration on the individual in this video is the closest to your specimen that we were able to locate in a short period of time.

Ed. Note:  Correction
Ryan wrote in with a comment indicating that is is probably
Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis.  Here is a page from that supports Ryan’s comment and where it is indicated:  “Ensatina live in relatively cool moist places on land, and stay underground during hot and dry periods where they are able to tolerate considerable dehydration. They are most active on rainy or wet nights when temperatures are moderate. High-altitude populations are also inactive during severe winter cold.”

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Huge northern leopard frog…
Location: West Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada
May 4, 2011 6:45 pm
Hi again – I thought you may like these for your records.
This is the largest northern leopard frog that I’ve seen in my many years of taking photos of nature in my province. He/she was about 4 inches long, and looked like a toad at first sight. I’m sure it’s not a record, but it blew me away. Found at West Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada, in the beautiful marsh surrounding the lake.
I have actually seen one eat another of it’s own kind – legs hanging out and all – I think there are records of them doing that, right?
Signature: -M.M.

Leopard Frog

Dear M.M.,
Thanks for sending us your photo of a Northern Leopard Frog.  We do have some Amphibians on our site.  Amphibians are the proverbial ” canaries in the coal mine” when it comes to habitat degradation.  They are often the first creatures to vanish and that has a ripple effect within the ecosystem.  We imagine that a large frog would be fully capable of eating a smaller frog.  We imagine your marsh is a marvelous place.

You’re very welcome – thank you guys for your continued efforts at this important education.  Thankfully photography has brought me to a greater appreciation of even the smallest things.
Have you considered (in all that free time you have 😀 ) creating a similar site for young children?  I mean obviously the current one is great for all ages, but something child-friendly – where they could learn to appreciate bugs a little more?  I think it’s up to every parent and teacher to help children develop an appreciation and awe for nature and skills for taking care of it – when it’s made personal to them, they can often carry that with them for life.  Perhaps the same offering of ID’s where they can post either drawings or photos – and then providing simplified information… Something very colourful and fun…
Just a thought,  thank you again.

Dear Maggie,
We have tried to the best of our abilities to maintain a website that is child friendly in the sense that we keep obscenities and other inappropriate content off the site.  We recently had a little verbal sparring match with a reader about our stance regarding not wanting to do homework for students.  We feel that the importance of learning how to do research far outweighs having correct answers.  Kim, who berated us for being rude because of our ethical dilemma regarding “doing homework”, made a very good point regarding children using the internet.  Children may encounter inappropriate content on the internet, and we respect that parents do have the onerous task of trying to moderate the content their children are exposed to, which makes a website devoted to children a questionable endeavor, not to mention that at this point in our lives it is also time and labor prohibitive.  There is one additional obstacle regarding us creating a website devoted to children:  all of the principal players involved in our website are childless, hence we don’t really treat children differently than we do adults.  We realize that children are more inquisitive, but we do not speak down to them and we realize that we may need to explain more complex concepts and define the meanings of words that they have not learned before, but that is also the technique we use with our average reader who wants to learn “What’s That Bug?”  In the end, we don’t think a website devoted to children would be much different than our current website so we cannot justify a duplication of programming.  Thank you very much for your suggestion, but we just don’t believe we are the correct team for that job.

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Manitoba Blue Spotted Salamander
April 13, 2010
Finally I got some photos of our house guest – one of many who live in our sub-basement (covered in root cellar that they stay in during the winter because they do not truly hibernate). This is a rare/uncommon and shy (well okay supposedly!) salamander that not much is known about.  We have seen a few, rescued a couple, this last one from some fresh redicrete.  She is pretty friendly and likes her house – when it’s time for a new meal worm she comes out and stands up and looks at anyone coming in the room she stays in as if to say, “Hey servant food time for the beautiful Salamander over here”.  Like all Sally’s she only eats live food and no you cannot fool her either.
Thought you’d enjoy another lovely critter for your AWESOME GREAT SUPER page!
Take care,
Shanyn Silinski
SE Manitoba
“The most important things in life are NOT things!”

Manitoba Blue Spotted Salamander

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