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Fiery Searcher (Calosoma scrutator)

Fiery Searcher or Caterpillar Hunter
Calosoma scrutator
(Order Coleoptera, Family Carabidae)


Cottonwood Borer (Plectrodera scalator)

Cottonwood Borer
Plectrodera scalator
(Order Coleoptera; Family Cerambycidae)

Plectrodera scalator, female












Grooved Flax (Linum sulcatum)

Grooved Yellow Flax or Grooved Flax
Linum sulcatum
(Order Linales, Family Linaceae)

Bigflower Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora)

Bigflower Coreopsis or Largeflower tickseed
Coreopsis grandiflora
(Order Asterales, Family Asteraceae)

Coreopsis grandiflora in the field. Photo by Emmy Dudeck, 2013. 
(Kansas: Sedgwick County. Sedgwick County Zoo. Wichita. 37.72041°N 97.40810°W. June 25, 2013.)

Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

Virginia Opossum
Didelphis virginiana
(Order Didelphimorphia, Family Didelphidae)

Adult opossum.  Image from

Western Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis)

Western Mosquitofish
Gambusia affinis
(Order Cyprinodontoformes; Family Poeciliidae)

Female (above) and male (below) Gambusia affinis.  Image from

Dotted/Spotted Gayfeather (Liatris punctata)

Dotted Blazing Star, Spotted Gayfeather, Snakeroot

Liatris punctate

(Order Asterales; Family Asteraceae)

Liatris punctata (Photo by John Egbert)


Height: 60-90 cm       

Stems: erect up to 80 cm, one or more

Leaves: sand paper feel, spotted with dots of resin, bottom leaves 10 cm long, growing smaller on the way to the top, pointed upwards

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Barred Owl

Strix varia

(Order Strigiformes; Family Strigidae)

Strix varia (Picture by Gerald Bolkin)

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

(Order Ciconiiformes; Family Ardeidae)

Butorides virescens perching

Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)


Eastern Cottontail

Sylvilagus floridanus

(Order Lagomorpha; Family Leporidae)

Sylvilagus floridanus (photo by Shanay R. Cantu-Chambers)

(Kansas: Reno County. Hutchinson, 38° 04’45”N, 97° 91’91”W. May 17, 2012.)


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