Thursday, September 12, 2013

Colorful Critters

Found this box turtle yesterday at the edge of some nearby woods. Not a very good picture, but it was pretty cool to come across one for the first time in years. (I didn't wait around for it to emerge from its shell; my little dog was way too interested.)  The beetle is a mystery. The colors and back pattern are striking. It's definitely in the category of small beetles (only 1/4 inch or so), but I had no luck determining its type.
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  1. Not a beetle--this is a nymph of Chinavia hilaris, the green stink bug.

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    1. Ahhh. A stink bug nymph. Not too exotic, but still cool-looking. Thanks.

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  2. That turtle is a great find Susan! It is a species of special concern in Mass. Would love to chat someday about where you found it.

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    2. Tried without success to enter it on the UMass Herp Atlas site. Finally gave up in frustration.

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  3. Try submitting it on the Natural Heritage website: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/natural-heritage/species-information-and-conservation/report-rare-species/vprs-information-system.html

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    1. Will do. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  4. Ah, I was about to suggest that! Charley beat me to it.

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