Photo Contest Vote: Animal

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Below are all our finalists in the “Animal” section of our Photo Contest. Please look through them one last time before voting for your favorite. We know it is possible to game these polls. Please act like adults and don’t vote more than once. If we believe that the results are invalid, the contest will be canceled. The photos and poll are below the fold.

  • Iguana iguana by Geoffrey C. Locke — Green or common iguana, a local feral/invasive species in south Florida
  • Tympanocryptis cephalus by Paul Blake — blotch-tailed earless dragon. Northwest Queensland (Australia) between Mount Isa and Camooweal
  • Regulus satrapa by Dave Rintoul — golden-crowned kinglet, male, captured at a winter bird-banding site near Ft. Smith, Arkansas. These tiny (6 g) birds have been in North America for eons; fossil remains of kinglets, dated to 400 ka ago, have been found in tar pit deposits in California.
  • Brachynemurus abdominalis by Gregory Zolnerowich — adult ant lion, whose larvae dig pits in sandy soil and prey on ants or small arthropods that tumble down the pit
  • Hemisquilla californiensis by Mike Bok — magnified view of a uropod, or tail feather, of mantis shrimp. Bright colors for intraspecific communication are abundant on these animals, and their visual system is uniquely specialized for advanced color and polarization discrimination.
  • Archilochus colubris by Darren Garrison — ruby-throated hummingbird killing yellowjacket (Vespula squamosa). Hummingbird is territorial and attacks yellowjacket invading bird feeder. South Carolina.

12 Comments

Torn between 4!

What a difficult choice. All the photographers are to be applauded!!

Indeed.

excellent photos, one and all.

I know from personal experience what a difficult (or lucky) cap that hummingbird/wasp shot was to get.

Go go Tympanocryptis cephalus!

i voted for hemisquilla californiensis, but mine was a close second!

Jimmy said:

Go go Tympanocryptis cephalus!

Where is that? I keep looking for the picture but all I see is one with a bunch of rocks! :b

Iguana iguana FTW! How could I vote for anything else? ;-)

but all I see is one with a bunch of rocks! :b

Look for the rock with eyes… ;)

the Archilochus is really great!!!!

CyberLizard said:

Iguana iguana FTW! How could I vote for anything else? ;-)

…well, to be entirely fair, there is another lizard. and with a slightly more interesting name. the iguana is one of those few animals who has a common name, genus name, AND species that are all the same.

jeff locke said:

CyberLizard said:

Iguana iguana FTW! How could I vote for anything else? ;-)

…well, to be entirely fair, there is another lizard. and with a slightly more interesting name. the iguana is one of those few animals who has a common name, genus name, AND species that are all the same.

See also: Bison bison. In fact, there’s even a subspecies: B. bison bison. But these also have an alternate common name.
Or as I like to say, “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”

I chose Tympanocryptis cephalus by Paul Blake. This one is the best because in addition to picturing the animal, it most successfully also highlight the animal’s environment and surrounding. In fact, it is triking the way in which the Tympahncryptocolus fits into its desert-like world.

NS

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