Animals

BBHSP Biology Section 1: Animals

Please contact us if you find any corrections or if you have questions about this page.  Photos by BBHSP staff and friends.  The growing list of species found at BBHS is on this page (below all the pictures) and is collected and managed by Jennifer Berry. Enjoy!

*Also, for information about Fish in the river Ahjoomah (AKA Pit River), please see this page:
http://www.bigbendhotsprings.org/?page_id=504

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Mammals:

Bat Brown Myotis crop

Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus)

Blacktail Deer3 crop

Columbian Black-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)

Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Grey Fox Track

Grey Fox Track


Amphibians and Reptiles:

Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla)

Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla)

Pacific Chorus Frog with interesting colors and markings

Pacific Chorus Frog with interesting colors and markings

Pacific Chorus Frog with interesting colors and markings

American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana or Lithobates catesbeianus) Juvenile Male (?)

Western Toad, Anaxyrus Boreas Hunkering Down

Western Toad, Anaxyrus Boreas Blending In

Western Pond Turtle- Nick crop

Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata or Emys marmorata)
Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata)

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Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata or Emys marmorata)

Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata or Emys marmorata)

Salamander #1

Ensatina Salamander (Ensatina eschscholtzii)

Ensatina Salamander (Ensatina eschscholtzii)

Ensatina Salamander (Ensatina eschscholtzii)

Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

LIZARDS, TICKS AND LYME DISEASE

UC Berkeley entomologist Robert Lane has discovered that a substance found in the blood of the common western fence lizard kills Lyme disease bacteria in the gut of juvenile ticks that feed on it. It may help explain why there is far less Lyme disease in California than in the eastern United States, where the lizard does not live. The western fence lizard — a commonly found species dubbed the blue belly lizard in California – can carry an average of 30 juvenile black legged ticks, which are about the size of a poppy seed. Three stages of tick development Larval Ticks pass through three stages of development. During each stage they eat one “blood meal.” Larval ticks become infected with Lyme disease when they feed on rodents.

Nymphal Tiny tick nymphs can transmit Lyme disease by biting a human. If they feast on a common western lizard, however, something in the reptile’s blood appears to kill the bacteria

Adult Adult black-legged ticks move off the forest floor and onto plants and grasses. Those who feasted on lizards as nymphs are less likely to transmit Lyme disease to humans.

California Orange-Bellied Newt (Taricha torosa)

Valley Garter Snake

California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae) is nonvenomous.


Insects and Arachnids:

Golden Bupestrid Jewel Beetle

Buprestis aurulenta, commonly known as the Golden Jewel Beetle or Golden Buprestid Beetle.

Golden Bupestrid Jewel Beetle

Buprestis aurulenta, commonly known as the Golden Jewel Beetle or Golden Buprestid Beetle.

Black Beetle

Black Beetle

Insect Mating Behavior

Insect Mating Behavior

Deer Tick

Female Deer Tick (aka Black Legged tick – Ixodes scapularis – Ixodes dammini)

The Female Deer Tick is probably the most dangerous tick…
Deer Tick Diseases: 
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis

Dog Tick

Female American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

Adult Male Dog Tick

Male American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

Male American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

Dog Tick Diseases: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tuleremia and may carry Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis.

More information on local ticks:
Tick Info Sheet

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Predaceous Diving Beetle (Aquatic Insect) Family Dytiscidae

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Predaceous Diving Beetle (Aquatic Insect) Family Dytiscidae

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Grasshopper nematode (Mermis nigrescens)

Grasshopper nematode, a roundworm of the phylum Nematoda, Mermis nigrescens, develops as an internal parasite of grasshoppers (and perhaps earwigs). It is extremely large, 5 to 20 cm.

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Grasshopper nematode, a roundworm of the phylum Nematoda, Mermis nigrescens, develops as an internal parasite of grasshoppers (and perhaps earwigs). It is extremely large, 5 to 20 cm.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Insect- Wings

Millipede

Millipede

Moth

Moth #1 – Ceanothus Silk Moth (Hyalophora euryalus)

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Colias-Alexandra-Butterfly-on-California-Buckeye

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Meeting of the Minds

Moth #2 –

Moth #3 –

Moth #4 –

Moth #5 –

Moth #6 –

Moth #7 –

Moth #10- Morning Glory Plume Moth, Emmelina monodactyla

Moth #8 –

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Nymphalis californica)

Eastern Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus)


Grub

Worm

Worm

Signal Crayfish

Signal Crayfish

California Scorpion (Graemeloweus iviei OR more likely a Paruroctonus silvestrii) (??) found under a rock.


Birds:

Band-Tailed Pigeons (Patagioenas fasciata) Roosting Above Mineral Site

Band-Tailed Pigeons (Patagioenas fasciata) Roosting Above Mineral Site

Black-Headed-Grossbeak.

Black-Headed-Grossbeak

Stellars Jay

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

Steller’s Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri)

American goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Juncos in Nest

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) preched on Ponderosa Pine Snag near River Achoma

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) preched on Ponderosa Pine Snag near River Achoma

Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) doing yoga in Oolaymoomay meadow.

Invertebrates  
Adelpha californica California Sister Butterfly Butterfly
Apiomerus spp   Bee Assassin Bug
Argia vivida White damselfly Damselfly
Battus philenor Pipevine swallowtail Butterfly
Buprestis aurulenta Golden Buprestid Jewel beetle
Catocala spp Underwing moth Moth
Cercyonis pegala Wood Nymph Butterfly Butterfly
Coelocnemis californica Broad-necked Darkling Beetle Beetle
Coenonympha californica California Ringlet Butterfly
Collomia grandiflora Mountain Collomia Annual
Chalcophora angulicollis Western Sculptured Pine Borer Beetle
Charidryas gabbii Gabb’s Checkerspot Butterfly
Cinidela longilabris Long-lipped Tiger Beetle Beetle
Danaus plexippus Monarch Butterfly Butterfly
Dasymutilla sackenii Velvet Ant Wasp
Desmerocerus californicus dimorphus Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle Beetle
Gnophaela latipennis Pindi moth Moth
Junonia coenia Buckeye Butterfly Butterfly
Monochamus clamator latus Pine Sawyer Beetle Beetle
Nymphalis antiopa Mourning cloak Butterfly
Occidryas chalcedona Chalcedon Checkerspot Butterfly
Osmia spp Mason Bee Bee
Papilio zelicaon Anise Swallowtail Butterfly Butterfly
Papilio eurymedon Pale Swallowtail Butterfly Butterfly
Prionus californicus California Prionus beetle Beetle
Speyeria callippe Callippe Fritillary Butterfly Butterfly
Birds  
Anas crecca Green-winged Teal Duck
Anas platyrhynchos Mallard Duck
Ardea herodias Great Blue Heron Aquatic
Bombycilla cedrorum Cedar waxwing Songbird: Waxwing
Buteo jamaicensis Red-tailed Hawk Hawk
Calypte anna Anna’s Hummingbird Hummingbird
Cinclus mexicanus American Dipper Songbird: Cinclid
Coccothraustes vespertinus  Evening Grosbeak Songbird:Finch
Colaptes auratus Nothern Flicker Woodpecker
Contopus sordidulus Western Wood Peewee Songbird: Flycatcher
Cyanocitta stelleri Stellar’s Jay Jay
Empidonax difficilis Pacific-Slope Flycatcher Songbird: Flycatcher
Euphagus cyanocephalus  Brewer’s Blackbrid Songbird: Blackbird
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon Falcon
Icterus bullockii Bullock’s oriole Songbird: Blackbird
Junco hyemalis Dark-eyed Junco Songbird: Sparrow
Megaceryle alcyon Belted Kingfisher Kingfisher
Megascops   kennicottii Western Screech Owl Owl
Meleagris gallopavo Wild Turkey Wildfowl
Melospiza melodia Song Sparrow Songbird: Sparrow
Myiarchus cinerascens Ash-Throated flycatcher Songbird: Flycatcher
Oreotrxy pictus Mountain Quail Wildfowl
Pandion haliaetus Osprey Raptor
Passerella iliaca  Fox Sparrow Songbird: Sparrow
Passerina amoena Lazuli Bunting Songbird: Cardinals
Patagioenas fasciata Band-Tailed Pigeon Dove
Pheucticus melanocephalus Black-headed grosbeak Songbird: Cardinals
Picoides pubescens Downy Woodpecker Woodpecker
Pipilo maculatus Spotted Towhee Songbird: Sparrow
Piranga  ludoviciana Western Tanager Songbird: Cardinals
Psaltriparis minimus Bushtit Songbird: Tit
Selasphorus rufus Rufous Hummingbird Hummingbird
Setophaga coronata Yellow-rumped Warbler Songbird: Warbler
Setophaga nigrescens Black-throated Gray Warbler Songbird: Warbler
Setophaga petechia Yellow Warbler Songbird: Warbler
Sialia mexicana Western Bluebird Songbird: Thrushes
Sphyrapicus ruber Red breasted Sapsucker Woodpecker
Spinus pinus Pine Siskin Songbird: Finch
Spinus psaltria Lesser Goldfinch Songbird: Finch
Sturnus vulgaris European Starling Songbird: Starling
Tachycineta bicolor Green Tree Swallow  
Troglodytes aedon House wren Songbird: Wren
Turdus migratorius American Robin Songbird: Thrushes
Vireo cassinii Cassin’s Vireo Songbird: Vireo
Zenaida macroura Mourning Dove Dove
 
Reptiles + Amphibians  
Diadophis punctatus occidentalis Northern Ringneck Snake Snake
Elgaria multicarinata Southern Alligator Lizard Lizard
Emmys marmota Western Pond turtle Turtle
Ensatina eschscholzii Monterey Ensatina Salamander
Pituophis catenifer catenifer Gopher Snake Snake
Pseudacris regilla Pacific Chorus Frog Frog
Rana boylii (?) Foothills Yellow-legged frog Frog
Rana catesbeiana Bullfrog Frog
Sceloporus occidentalis Western Fence Lizard Lizard
Taricha torosa or granulosa California or Rough-Skinned Newt Newt
Thamnophis couchii Sierra Garter Snake Snake
Thamnophis elegans Terrestrial Garter Snake Snake
Mammals  
Brassariscus astutus Ringtail Carnivore
Castor canadensis Beaver Rodent
Felis catus Feral cat Carnivore
Luntra canadensis N. American river otter Carnivore
Lynx rufus American Bobcat Carnivore
Mustela erminea Short-tailed Weasel Carnivore
Myotis californicus California Bat Bat
Neotoma fuscipes Dusky-footed Wood Rat Rodent
Neovison vison American mink Carnivore
Odocoileus hemoinus Black-tailed deer Herbivore
Otospermophilus beecheyi California Ground Squirrel Rodent
Scapanus orarius Coastal mole Shrew/Mole
Sciurus niger Fox Squirrel Rodent
Sciurus griseus Western gray squirrel Rodent
Sylvilagus bachmani Western brush rabbit Rabbit
Tasmasciurus douglasii Douglas’ Squirrel Rodent
Urocyon cinereoargenteus Grey Fox Rodent