Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Karen Bartelt sent us a fourth batch of birds from Cuba (see first three installments herehere and here). Her IDs are indented.

Red-legged thrush (Turdus plumbeus).  This is a very common Caribbean bird.  I didn’t know that when I saw this first one, on a roof across from the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where we were staying in Havana.
A nice collection of red-legged honeycreepers (Cyanerpes cyaneus) in Vinales National Park.  The males have the blue heads; females are olive green.
Cuban grassquit, female (Phonipara canora).  Cuban endemic.
0135 – Cuban grassquit, male (Phonipara canora).  Cuban endemic.  Both of these were taken at a farm that seems to attract both Cuban and yellow-faced grassquits.
Yellow-faced (Tiaris olivaceus) and Cuban grassquits.
And reader Tom Tezlaff would like an ID of this insect (I don’t have the location info):

9 Comments

  1. Posted May 30, 2018 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    The insect looks to me like the shuck of stonefly nymph.

  2. GregZ
    Posted May 30, 2018 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Yes, the insect is the exuvia of a stonefly nymph (Plecoptera).

    • Posted May 30, 2018 at 8:30 am | Permalink

      Exuvia — new word for me. Can’t wait to use it in front on my fly fishing friends. By the way, stonefly nymphs are an important source of food for trout.

      • W.T. Effingham
        Posted May 30, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

        Here in the mid-latitude,midwest, middle of nowhere, few exuvia stay so intact they appear to be alive. Speaking of crusty exoskeleton shells, yesterday Missouri Governor…

        • Christopher
          Posted May 30, 2018 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

          Zing!
          Yes, Mr. Family Values is on his way out! Made my day yesterday.

  3. Dominic
    Posted May 30, 2018 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Lovely birds… thanks for sharing.

  4. David Coxill
    Posted May 30, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    The last photo of the birdies ,the two on the right look like one bird .

    • Mark R.
      Posted May 30, 2018 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I did a double take on that as well.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted May 30, 2018 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Whenever I see the case of a stonefly, I immediately think of trout.

    I loved the Cuban birds, especially the grassquits. And what a cool name; birds have some of the best common names.


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