נובמבר 26, 2020

Journal #4

1) Jumping Bush Cricket
Taxonomy :
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Family:Gryllidae
Genus:Hapithus
Species:H. saltator
11/13/20 || 3:53 pm || 79 degrees Fahrenheit || Laredo, Texas || seen in my kitchen || the cricket is good crucial for birds and bigger insects to get nutrients. || cricket was seen resting on the floor.|| Lat: 27.593// Long:-99.525||.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65605883

2) Brewer’s Blackbird
Taxonomy:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Icteridae
Genus:Euphagus
Species:E. cyanocephalus
11/10/20|| 8:28 am || 75 degrees Fahrenheit || Laredo, Texas || seen in the park || lat:27.611//long:-99.463|| the blackbirds help farmers by eating insects in cornfields || bird was seen resting on a tree branch.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65606050

3)Boat-tailed Grackle
Taxonomy:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Icteridae
Genus:Quiscalus
Species:Q. major
11/13/20|| 3:53 pm|| 80 degrees Fahrenheit || Laredo, Texas|| seen in a parking lot|| lat:27.593//long:-99.525|| grackles are actually a threat to cornfields, they eat ripening corn sprouts and damage cornfields. || bird was seen looking for acorns.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65606164

4)Black Flies
Taxonomy:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Diptera
Family:Simuliidae
Subfamily:Simuliinae
Tribe:Simuliini
Genus:Simulium
11/25/20|| 10:59 am|| 96 degrees Fahrenheit || Laredo, Texas || seen in my backyard|| lat:27.593//long:-99.525||
They play an important role in terrestrial and aquatic food chains- they are prayed on my insects and birds.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65607190

5)Garden Acraea
Taxonomy:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Nymphalidae
Tribe:Acraeini
Genus:Acraea
11/25/20 || 11:00 am|| 85 degrees Fahrenheit || lat:27.593//long:-99.525|| seen in my backyard || Laredo,Texas|| the acraea eats plants until it is turned into a butterfly, however- it can be preyed on by other insects|| the acraea is seen being eaten by ants.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/65607265

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נובמבר 09, 2020

Journal #3

1) Blue-Fronted Dancer
Taxonomy:
Domain: Eukaryote
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insect
Order: Odonata
Suborder: Zygoptera
Family: Coenagrionidae
Genus: Argia
Species: A. Apicalis
Observation:
Date: Nov 8, 2020
Time: 11:39 a.m
Temperature: 80 degrees Fahrenheit
City and State: Laredo,Texas
Description of location: a park by the river.
Lat. & Long. : 27.585 // -99.532
Role of animal in environment: Blue Fronted Dancers have an appetite for insects, so they are beneficial to the ecosystem by keeping populations of smaller insects balanced.
The Blue Fronted Dancer was resting on a rock when the picture was taken.
Link : http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/64483343

2) Texas Bow-legged Bow
Taxonomy:
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Family: Alydidae
Genus: Hylalymenus
Species: H. Tarsatus
Date: Nov 8, 2020
Time: 11:44 A.M
Temperature: 80 degrees Fahrenheit
City&State: Laredo, Texas
Description of location: tree by the park
Lat. & Long. : 27.585 // -99.531
Role of animal in environment: The Texas Bow Legged Bug cannot sting or bite and feed by sucking liquids from seeds and pods, they also mimic red ants.
The Texas Bow Legged Bug was pictured resting on a leaf.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/64484652

3)House Sparrow
Taxonomy:
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passeridae
Genus: Passer
Species: P. Domesticus
Date: Nov 2, 2020
Time: 12:00 P.M
Temperature: 80 degrees Fahrenheit
City&State: Laredo, Texas
Description of location: My front yard
Lat. & Long. : 27.593 // -99.525
Role of animal in environment: Falcons and Eagles consume house sparrows, and house sparrows also feed on seeds, which impact the plant communities.
The House Sparrow was seen picking at acorns.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/64484718

4) Eastern Bordered Plant Bug
Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Pentatomomorpha
Superfamily: Pyrrhocoroidea
Family: Largidae
Genus: Largus
Species: succinctus
Date: Oct 23, 2020
Time: 12:27 P.M
Temperature: 85 degrees Fahrenheit
Lat. & Long. : 27.593 // -99.525
City&State: Laredo, Texas
Description of location: outside of my house on the sidewalk
Role of animal in environment: the bug can cause damage by scarring developing fruits, such as strawberries or blueberries.
The bug was seen walking on the sunny sidewalk.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/64486346

5) Carolina Wolf Spider
Taxonomy:
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Lycosidae
Genus: Hogna
Species: H. carolinesis
Date: Nov 8, 2020
Time: 7:46 P.M
Temperature: 80 degrees Fahrenheit
Lat. & Long. : 27.593 // -99.525
City&State: Laredo, Texas
Description of Location: in my backyard.
Role or Animal in environment: the Carolina Wolf Spiders are good hunters, they are very skilled in preying for animals. They also use their venom to paralyze their prey so no microbes can infect them.
The Carolina Wolf Spider was pictured resting near the grass.
Link: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/64486426

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אוקטובר 19, 2020

Journal #2

Gulf Coast Toad : http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62529447
~Identification~
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chrodata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Bufonidae
Genus: Incilius
Species: Valliceps
Date Seen: 10/10/20 || Time: 4:10 p.m || Temp.: 90 degrees Fahrenheit || City: Laredo || State: Texas || Description of location: in my backyard || Lat: 27.594 || Long.: -99.525
Role of animal: the gulf coast toad hides under concrete slabs and in humid places, they are carnivores and will eat anything they can prey on.
In the image, the gulf coast toad was taking a rest and stayed in the same position for a while.
2) American Bumble Bee : http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62910587
~Identification~
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Apidae
Tribe: Bombini
Genus: Bombus
Date seen: 10/18/20 || Time: 6:30 a.m || Temp: 80 degrees Fahrenheit || City: Laredo || State: Texas || Description of location: In the park by the rio bravo || Lat: 27.585 || Long: -99.531
Role of animal: Bees pollinate many flowers, which is important for many birds and small mammals since they get their food from them.
In the image, the bumble bee seemed to be pollinating some yellow flowers.
3) Common Buckeye : http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62910761
~ Identification~
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Junonia
Species: J. coenia
Date Seen: 10/18/20 || Time: 6:32 || Temp: 80 degrees Fahrenheit || City: Laredo || State: Texas || Description of place: at the park by the rio bravo. || Lat: 27.585 || Long: -99.531.
Role of animal: similar to bees, they also pollinate flowers and control population by eating insects.
In the image, the buckeye was flying over the plants.
4) Egyptian Goose: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62949877
~Identification~
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Alopochen
Species: A. aegyptiaca
Date Seen: 10/16/20 || Time: 10:20 a.m || Temp: 87 degrees Fahrenheit || City: Laredo || State: Texas || Description of place: by the pond near my house. || Lat: 27.593 || Long: -99.528.
Role of animal: Geese can spread seeds to other areas when they release their feces, working as a fertilizer.
In the image, the Egyptian Goose seemed to be roaming around the area.
5) Garden Acraea Larvae : http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62960994
~identification~
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Acraeini
Genus: Acraea
Date Seen: 10/18/20 || Time: 1:24 p.m || Temp: 90 degrees Fahrenheit || City: Laredo || State: Texas || description of area: in my backyard. || lat: 27.593 || Long: -99.525.
In the image, the larvae was on the floor, not moving at all.
Role of animal: in the larvae stage, the butterfly consumes food in order to transition into its adult form.

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ספטמבר 18, 2020

Journal #1

(Pantropical Jumping Spider) - Seen on August 22, 2020 at around 2 p.m
(Rest of Insects listed) - Seen on September 18,2020 at 3 p.m
Temp: 73 degrees Celsius
Seen at : Laredo, Texas
Lat & Longitude :
Pantropical Jumping Spider: Lat( 27.593)Long(-99.525)
Housefly: Lat(27.593) Long(-99.525)
Southern Flatcoil: Lat( 27.593)Long(-99.525)
Theona Checkerspot: Lat( 27.593) Long (-99.525)
Tropical Fire Ant: Lat (27.593) Long (-99.525)

Insects Observed:
Pantropical Jumping Spider (Plexippus paykulli) - KINGDOM : Animalia // CLASS: Arachnida
Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) - KINGDOM : Animalia // CLASS: Insecta
Southern Flatcoil (Polygyra cereolus) - KINGDOM : Animalia // CLASS: Gastropoda
House Fly (Musca domestica) - KINGDOM : Animalia // CLASS: Insecta
Tropical Fire Ant (Solenopsis geminata) - KINGDOM : Animalia // CLASS: Insecta

These insects were found in my backyard, it was cloudy and beginning to drizzle.
Roles of each animal:
Pantropical Jumping Spider ( seen sitting on a window ): This species of spiders constantly seek for prey, they actively hunt mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests.
Housefly (sitting on the rail, watching the sky) : Houseflies are very important when it comes to breaking down and recycling organic resources.
Southern Flatcoil Snail (sleeping ):Although they are small, these snails help break down dead plants.
Theona Checkerspot Butterfly (flying through the plants): These butterflies are crucial for pollinating native plant species.
Tropical Fire Ant (looking for food): They are important for various reasons, such as allowing water to reach roots and aerating soil.

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