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What animals are in your yard or local region?

Pixiebeak

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I'm not much of a wasp* gal, but those flowers are gorgeous!



*Though I'm still intrigued with the trichogamma wasps @Khizz mentioned in a moth post. :chin:
Still figuring out the forum. Thanks for sharing this!

I only started wasp appreciation last year. They are fascinating , so diverse and important pollinators. I'm especially fond on the 4 spotted scoliod wasp its 3 inches loves my passion flowers and seems to be a gentle giant. ( I didn't keep pictures, but anytime now they should be showing up again).

I may have also found an undescribed species of gall wasp. Its super tiny, and has been sent to entomologist

Oh the flowers are tropical milkweed from my pollinators garden
 

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Don't get me wrong, I love the desert! The animals that live here are just a little mean and hardened from all the hot days in the sun. This is a list of animals I constantly encounter:
  • Javalinas, angry wild hogs. DON'T leave food out for them at night, they'll dig through your trash cans.
  • Coyotes, they just look like dogs. Don't really bother people that much, but they do go after dogs and outside pets. Really not much of a threat otherwise.
  • Scorpions of all kinds. My house is pretty infested, I see one at least once a week.
  • Horny toads, which are a kind of lizard and are actually quite cute. When you were a kid in my area you would try to catch them all the time.
  • Jackrabbits that are really lean and scrappy, not very cute.
  • And finally, the 'beloved' diamondback rattlesnake, which we don't see too often but that we know are there. They aren't as awful as most people think, and they do give fair warning with their tails. Getting bit is a drag, but I have a hospital near my home, at least.
Any other desert members? I know there are plenty other desert animals that I don't see where I live.

When I lived in the desert (over 20 years ago) we would see in the main part of town many native mice, birds and lizards but when you took a drive a bit further away from the populated areas you’d often see wild emus, feral goats and camels, less often you’d see feral horses or cows, the most amazing thing to see though was definitely wedge tail eagles there- they’re absolutely huge in the desert, the ones I see here in Victoria are honestly tiny in comparison.
 

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I don't have pictures too much since I just have a cell phone. Common animals would be invasive European sparrows and starlings as the most common. Then American robins, blue jays, blue heron, night heron, little green heron, northern cardinals, common grackles, white tail deer, racoons, virginia opossum, various bees, wasps, mosquitos, beetles etc. The fireflys are going crazy right now and the farmer's fields sparkle with them at night. Red tail hawks, occasionally coopers hawks, or bald eagle. Red fox, bobcat(if you are lucky), coyote. Cottontail rabbit and fox squirrel.
 

Pixiebeak

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I don't have pictures too much since I just have a cell phone. Common animals would be invasive European sparrows and starlings as the most common. Then American robins, blue jays, blue heron, night heron, little green heron, northern cardinals, common grackles, white tail deer, racoons, virginia opossum, various bees, wasps, mosquitos, beetles etc. The fireflys are going crazy right now and the farmer's fields sparkle with them at night. Red tail hawks, occasionally coopers hawks, or bald eagle. Red fox, bobcat(if you are lucky), coyote. Cottontail rabbit and fox squirrel.
I miss fireflies in farmer's fields! Wow. I grew up in Illinois corn fields full of fireflies. Before light pollution really dropped their numbers
 

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They’re one of my favourite insect repellents lol
We have a bunch of little geckos and skinks! Once it starts getting warmer again you hear all their mating calls, and our house becomes a gecko's love pad. :hehepink:
 

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Think I forgot to include the wolf in my animal list... I had seen what I thought was a HUGE coyote the week before, but as I was approaching a near-to-that area I saw a profile of the wolf along the road, and a moment later, it looked straight-on at me... so there was no question. Amazing for NW Illinois that we have this variety [wolf, mountain lion- 15yr ago, lynx] ...
 

Pixiebeak

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Think I forgot to include the wolf in my animal list... I had seen what I thought was a HUGE coyote the week before, but as I was approaching a near-to-that area I saw a profile of the wolf along the road, and a moment later, it looked straight-on at me... so there was no question. Amazing for NW Illinois that we have this variety [wolf, mountain lion- 15yr ago, lynx] ...
Awesome!!! O can imagine was amazing to look into his eyes!!!!

I used to live in Southern Illinois very rural. Long long time ago We had 3 wolves we kept seeing. My dad was so excited! Contacted fish and wildlife, they gave him a hard time claiming coyotes. So my dad set a blind and baited and had them come out. Wolves! Not long after one was killed on the highway. We were then told they we roamers and males dispersing, no establishment of a pack.

Nature is so fascinating!
 
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