Natural history photos

Research Scenes
The Practical Workout
The Practical Workout

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The Sunset Overture
The Sunset Overture

A hole 11 hours in the making, completed after sunset.

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The Lost Shaft
The Lost Shaft

Enough said.

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The Practical Workout
The Practical Workout

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Noteworthy Excavations

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Trophallaxis between Philotermes(?) beetle andTenuirostritermes

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Septentrinna bicalcarata with one of if its many ant hosts, Veromessor pergandei.

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Temite beetle sp 1
Temite beetle sp 1

A second species of Philotermes(?) with Tenuirostritermes

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Trophallaxis between Philotermes(?) beetle andTenuirostritermes

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Myrmecophiles, Termitophiles and parasites!

This wire-belted P. badius forager is a member of colony containing hundreds of sisters; each wearing age-specific belts.

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Gray fox friend monitors my harvester ant research.

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This wire-belted P. badius forager is a member of colony containing hundreds of sisters; each wearing age-specific belts.

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Lab and Field

The Apalachicola National Forest and the Florida panhandle

An enchating sink hole (ANF, Leon Sinks)

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A controlled burn crackles through the piney flatwoods of the ANF

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Nothing says paradise like a warm, gulf breeze through the Spanish moss.

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An enchating sink hole (ANF, Leon Sinks)

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Big Pictures

Iridenscent Salticid
Iridenscent Salticid

Better than gold!

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Camera ham
Camera ham

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Iridenscent Salticid
Iridenscent Salticid

Better than gold!

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Spider Heart Breakers

Pogonomyrmex baidus mating flight
Pogonomyrmex baidus mating flight

Winged debutantes ready themselves the morning of a mating flight. Later, foreign males will arrive to mate with females on their natal nest.

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Enter the alates
Enter the alates

Female alates (future queens) clamor out of their nest entrance on a June morning. Colonies release a coordinated pulse of male and female sexuals in early summer.

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A new superorganism
A new superorganism

A newly mated foundress begins excavating a nest. She will dig more than 30cm and forage frequently while raising her first brood.

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Pogonomyrmex baidus mating flight
Pogonomyrmex baidus mating flight

Winged debutantes ready themselves the morning of a mating flight. Later, foreign males will arrive to mate with females on their natal nest.

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Pogonomyrmex badius Mating Flights

A juvenile American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) seeks a snack in a canal.

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Grey Fox Friend
Grey Fox Friend

This fellow was not shy and kept me company for two field seasons.

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This bright eyed toad tumbled out of his burrow during an ant nest excavation. He was returned.

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A juvenile American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) seeks a snack in a canal.

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Vertebrate Visitors

Male fiddler crabs at low tide.

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Riding the lubber bus
Riding the lubber bus

This lubber is host to numerous mites.

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A water scorpion (Ranatra) moves across the forest floor.

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Male fiddler crabs at low tide.

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Small Pleasures

Scenes from distant places
 Amitermes laurensis , Nifold Plain
Amitermes laurensis , Nifold Plain

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 Amitermes laurensis , Nifold Plain
Amitermes laurensis , Nifold Plain

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DSCN1198.JPG

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DSCN1291.JPG

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Watercolor and ink artwork

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Pogonomyrmex badius nest in cross section