The September, 2010 Challenge for Charity has concluded and we have a winner! Larry Jordan of The Birder’s Report has won $10 for his local wildlife rehab, Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. Larry recently toured the facility and wrote an excellent post about it, full of pictures and a couple of videos. If you want to see what goes on at Shasta, have a look! Now, for the answers…
Picture 1 Question: Name the species or common name of this dazzling grasshopper.
Picture 1 Answer: Rainbow Grasshopper, Dactylotum bicolor. Isn’t he awesome?!
Picture 2 Question: These photos are pretty bad, but I was excited to see this bird for the first time. Can you ID this bird?
Picture 2 Answer: This is a Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus), or at least I believe it is. Hopefully the next time I see one of these striking sparrows, I’ll get a better picture.
Picture 3 Question: What biological process is this animal experiencing?
Picture 3 Answer: metamorphosis. This little frog still has part of the tail he had as a tadpole.
Bonus Picture Question: Name the Genus to which this spider belongs.
Bonus Picture Answer: Castianeira, possibly Castianeira occidens. This spider belongs to a group known as antmimics, though this doesn’t look like any any I know. It does kindof resemble a Velvet Ant, Family Mutillidae – which is really a wasp.
The next Challenge for Charity contest will be posted on October 3. Thanks to everyone who participates, taking a moment to learn about nature and help out their favorite wildlife conservation cause!