I believe our subject is Brochymena arborea, also known as the Rough Stink Bug. After photographing it I did a little research and was surprised to learn there are several beneficial species of stink bugs, the Rough Stink Bug being one of them. While many stink bugs feed on plants and cause crop damage there are also species, such as this one, that prey on caterpillars and other crop damaging insects.
Virginia Integrated Pest Management published the Field Guide to Stink Bugs which explains how to identify stink bugs in the Mid-Atlantic region and identifies the beneficial ones.
I was surprised and thrilled to see this adorable little raccoon at the coast while on a ride last weekend. I live in the country inland , and hardly ever see them anymore, so I was so happy this little cutie allowed me close enough for some shots. it came out just before dark and was walking alone the rocky shore line.
This Bewick’s Wren was spotted in the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, near Palm Springs, CA. I don’t think I had seen one before this trip, and it took me a while to identify him once we got home. I might have guessed Carolina wren if not for the location.
This Anhinga was beautifully perched in a sunny patch of a mangrove tree when I encountered it. The Anhinga was picking leaves out of the tree and seemed to be playing with this one before it dropped it.
During a recent trip to the Florida Gulf Coast I was watching several Forster’s Terns as they hunted above the gulf. When they spotted a potential catch, they would hover for a second before diving, nearly straight down, into the water. I took lots of photos of them flying and hovering before I was able to capture this one just before it splashed into the water.