Invertebrate Quiz: Take Flight

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Field Journal: Sea Squirts & More

Low tides have come and gone while I sat at home looking at the tide charts, wondering what I was missing during the pandemic. But with the easing of restrictions here in Washington, I finally ventured out to my regular haunt in West Seattle for the first two times this season. My first outing was not very exciting, I found only a single nudibranch and not a whole lot else. This week however, I had more success in not only finding a few nudibranchs, but also making some discoveries new to me.

Summer has officially begun in Seattle, and this week offered sunny weather and remarkably calm water for searching the tidal zone. It wasn’t long before I found the first nudibranchs, but at first I didn’t see them because the rock I had…

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Invertebrate Quiz: Here’s Looking at You

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Tritonia festiva: A Nudibranch Presentation

This is a slightly silly, but fun slideshow presentation I made about a nudibranch I see here in Seattle, Tritonia festiva using my own photos.

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More Nudibranch Paintings

Earlier this spring I picked up my watercolors and began sketching and painting nudibranchs. Over the last few couple of months I’ve continued painting and finished a number of new nudibranchs. I’ve also ventured into other subjects, some of them featuring in my recent articles, others just for fun. Although I’m not painting nudibranchs as often, I’m still trying to paint several times a week on whatever draws my attention. Below are a few more nudibranchs I’ve painted since the last time I featured them. This time I ventured into highlighting some behavior, including a pair of Glossodoris species mating, and Tyrannodoris leonis eating another of the same species.

Nearly all of my reference photos came from the wonderful book Nudibranchs of the World by Helmut Debelius and Rudie Kuiter.

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Invertebrate Quiz: What Doesn’t Belong?

One of these things is not like the other…but which one? Once you think you know, look below the photo for the answer.

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A, B and C are all types of flies (Diptera) while D is a sawfly (Symphyta).

A is a bee fly in the Bombylius genus
B is Eristalinus taeniops, a syrphid fly
C is Physocephala burgessi, a thick-headed fly in the Conopidae family
D is a willow sawfly in the genus Nematus

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