Anas rubripes: American black duck

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The American black duck [Anas rubripes] is a large dabbling duck. American black ducks are similar to mallards in size, and resemble the female mallard in coloration, although the black duck’s plumage is darker. It is native to eastern North America and has shown reduction in numbers and increasing hybridization with the more common mallard as that species has spread with man-made habitat changes.

The American black duck somewhat resembles the female mallard in coloration, although the black duck’s plumage is darker. The male and female black duck are generally similar in appearance, but the male’s bill is yellow while the female’s is a dull green. The head is slightly lighter brown than the dark brown body, and the speculum are iridescent violet-blue with predominantly black margins. The black duck has orange legs and dark eyes. In flight, the white underwings can be seen in contrast to the dark brown body. The behavior and voice are the same as for the mallard drake.

Photo: Dunwoody, Georgia, USA [20150730]

Source: Wikipedia

Lyssomanes viridis: Magnolia Green Jumping Spider

Lyssomanes viridis is a translucent green spider… This species commonly lives on the tree Magnolia grandiflora. – Richman & Whitcomb

These spiders mostly eat flies, such as syrphid flies and dolichopodid flies. Their legs and body are a pale translucent green, and they have red and white scales on top of their head around the eyes. Males have noticeably long jaws.

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^ Lyssomanes viridis on Yarrow [Achiella ‘Moonshine’]

Lyssomanes is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders). Approximately 80 species have been described, ranging from South and Central America, up to the southern United States.

They are long-legged, with translucent bodies frequently green or yellow. They resemble lynx spiders, except that they have large anterior median eyes.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150725]

Source: Wikipedia

Hemaris diffinis: Snowberry clearwing moth

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The snowberry clearwing [Hemaris diffinis] is a moth of the order Lepidoptera, family Sphingidae.

It is about 32–51 millimetres [1.25–2 in]. The moth’s abdomen has yellow and black segments much like those of the bumblebee, for whom it might be mistaken due to its color and flight pattern similarities. The moth’s wings lack the large amount of scales found in most other lepidopterans, particularly in the centralized regions, making them appear clear. It loses the scales on its wings early after the pupa stage by its highly active flight tendencies. It flies during the daylight much like the other hummingbird moths, but it may also continue flight into the evening, particularly if it has found a good source of nectar.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150725]

Source: Wikipedia

Aranda Noorah Alsagoff orchid

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Aranda Noorah Alsagoff [registered in 1972]. It is named after the daughter of an orchid grower, Syed Yusof Alsagoff, then president of the Orchid Society of South East Asia. The hybrid helped put Singapore on the orchid map. It is still an important cut-flower for export. The orchid can be found in the National Orchid Garden within the Botanic Gardens in Singapore.

× Aranda, abbreviated in trade journals Aranda, is an intergeneric hybrid between the orchid genera Arachnis and Vanda [Arach x V].

Photos: National Orchid Garden, Singapore [20150326]

Source: Wikipedia

Dendrobium ‘Mohamed Nasheed’ orchid

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This orchid was named after His Excellency Mohamed Nasheed, Then President of the Republic of Maldives on the occasion of his visit to the National Orchid Garden on 28 June 2010.

Dendrobium ‘Mohamed Nasheed’ = Dendrobium ‘Garnet Beauty’ x Dendrobium sutiknoi

Photo: National Orchid Garden, Singapore [20120519]

Source: Wikipedia