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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Odd Fashion: The Lacewing Larva

I spent a great day in Terres Basses/The Lowlands yesterday and saw quite a few interesting critters. Pictured below is a lacewing larva, which hunts insects and other invertebrates, then attaches their empty exoskeletons to its back for camouflage. Lacewings and their larvae are often considered beneficial insects because they eat other insects that are considered agricultural pests. Their fashion […]

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Empty Nests Will Soon Be Filled

Does anyone recognize this? It’s a killdeer nest, but they haven’t laid eggs yet. There are several species of bird that build nests on the mudflats around our salt ponds. (I use the terms “build” and “nest” pretty loosely here, because there isn’t much of a nest to speak of.) Right now, we’re at the beginning of the nesting season. […]

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Kestrel Spirit Doesn’t Guide Me

Yesterday I went back to Tintamarre for a second expedition in search of the elusive skink. I spent a lot of time looking at old stone walls and I actually did see a skink for about one second before it ran back into the wall, but no photos of it. Of course, I did see plenty of other great stuff. […]

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Awkward Teenage Years, Heron-style

This yellow-crowned night heron was taking a morning nap on a rock. They are generally most active at night when they hunt crabs and similar prey. This particular one seems to be molting into its adult plumage. Its head looks adult, but the body is closer to the plumage of a juvenile bird.

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Cattle Egret Chicks

My, how fast they grow! While many of the snowy egrets are still sitting on eggs, some of the great egret chicks at the cemetery pond in Grand Case are getting pretty big. Our three egrets often nest in multi-species colonies, and typically the great egrets start first. The colony at the cemetery pond has spread out quite a bit […]

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Tiny Baby Giant Centipede

We were having dinner with friends last night and Jenn suddenly cried out in pain because she got bit by a giant centipede (Scolopendre in French, genus Scolopendra). Luckily, it was a tiny baby giant centipede. We have multiple species on the island, some native, some introduced. Below is a photo of a baby of an introduced species, Scolopendra subspinipes, […]

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Kickstarter Success!

Success!!! Like a Cabot’s Tern with a tasty fish in its mouth, we have the funding to print the new, super-more-awesome edition of The Incomplete Guide to the Wildlife of Saint Martin. We had 102 backers on Kickstarter from around the world who generously supported this project. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude, but thank you, thank you, […]

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SXM Katydid

The Kickstarter project to fund the printing of the new book ends in 18 hours. If you want to support the book, get your name in the book as a supporter and get some great rewards, everything from the book itself to an insect named after you in the book, the time is now: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/420840503/the-incomplete-guide-to-the-wildlife-of-saint-mart This katydid nymph appreciates your […]

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Mottled Tortoise Beetle

If you scroll down to a couple past posts, you’ll see that this insect went from what looked like a strange, goo-covered caterpillar to a bizarre, armored alien looking pupa. As it turns out, it was a tortoise beetle all along and this is what it looks like as an adult. I believe it is the mottled tortoise beetle, Deloyala […]

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Flying High

Our Kickstarter project to finance the new edition of the book is flying high like this Least Tern. We just reached our stretch goal of $6,000. We should everything we need for the printing of the book now, so any additional support we get at this point will go towards our project to get this book into schools and give […]

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