This year there is a big pack of white-nosed Coati (Nasua narica) on the Firestone Center property. Lots of adults and juveniles and babies all trolling around together. When up in the trees feeding, they make quite a racket. I got a chance to spend about 10 minutes watching all this until they decided for one reason or another (maybe they spotted me) that it was time to head down and move on.
These are very good-looking animals, and happy to have had a chance to watch them doing their thing in the trees. As a side note, these are in the same family as raccoons, Procyonidae, and a large pack like this (likely 20 individuals) is composed of females and all young up to about two years of age. Older males are mostly solitary.
On 3-11 I posted a photo of a Harvestman (daddy long legs) in Grand Caverns, Va.
Bill Shear was kind enough to send along a proper ID after project coordinator Carol Tiderman sent my pic to the specialists. I thank Bill and Carol for helping me out with the species ID.
Identifying photos is worthy science
This is a Harvestman (Erebomaster weyerensis), photographed in it's type locality (that means the original site from which it was found). Grand Caverns used to be called Weyers Cave before it was commercialized and hence the name.
Pretty cool find and hope you enjoyed the background info.
Mostly I am interested in animals. But plants and fungi at the FCRE can be interesting...to a point. A couple pics of such.
And that's all I have on that for now. So next up is a more interesting exercise. You have thirty seconds to figure out what this is...
So do you have it figured out? I'll give you another moment.
This lump is...
Another planthopper (two more obvious ones have been posted recently). This is one furry critter, and is facing right. An eye can just barely be seen at full size.
So, after that, time to see some millipedes, more obvious than the previous.
A while back I published a pic of a bee looking out of the nest. And to continue that bit, I have found more similar pics.
And now just a few more pics
And to finish tonight.
A harvestman spider feeding on a critter that seems almost the same size as the spider!
Harvestman spiders, mostly known as daddy long-legs, are very efficient predators. Harmless to humans, they take an amazing amount of prey given their small body size.
Photo from Ohio, US. With luck and time, I will open my first US galleries from some work I did recently in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist