Reader Sarah Crews, who takes care of many feral cats, is also an evolutionary biologist specializing in insects, and sent some animal photos (including one of her cats, all of which bear interesting names). The links are to the photos on Sarah’s flickr site, and the indented bits are her notes:
Grizzled Mantid, adult female, Gonatista grisea – adorable insect, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, under bark of slash pine, FL:
Adorable pseudoscorpion from Hobe Sound NWR (species not identified):
A closeup showing its hairy palps:
Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus): Hobe Sound, Florida:
Green Heron – another boring bird 🙂 Butoroides virescens, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, FL:
This is Surprise, Cat! (that’s right, its name has a comma and an exclamation mark), so called because it always looks suprised. Here it’s looking moderately surprised:
Here it’s looking completely surprised:
Stephen Barnard from Idaho sent two photos of a Rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus):
He also sent a picture of a Cobra, with this note:
I just bought this car. Does that make me a bad person?
I’ve lusted after Cobras since I watched them race in the ’60s. I turned 68 yesterday and decided that the money sitting in the bank, which I won’t even notice when it’s gone, could be better put to this use, but I have some white liberal guilt.
When I assured him he wasn’t a bad person and then requested more details about the car, I got this:
It’s a 2009 Superperformance MkIII 427S/C Cobra replica with about 7600 miles in mint condition, designed to look just like the original 1965 Shelby Cobras. It has an insane amount of horsepower and torque.
The high quality replicas are actually better cars than the originals, with better suspension, brakes, transmission, etc. The originals cost millions. I take delivery in a couple of weeks (shipped from California).