matt_in_trees The milkweed borer beetle is a pretty interesting insect. Both its genus and species name - Tetraopes tetrophthalmus - are Latin derivatives meaning "4 eyes." The reason for this becomes apparent when you take a closer look at its head. The base of the antennae actually bisect each eye, giving them a total of 4. As the common name suggests, they live on milkweeds.
#milkweed #nature #nature_obsession #beetle #arthropodsanonymous #hiking #botanizing #insectsofinstagram #macro #newyork #buffalony #outdoors
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matt_in_trees Smelly Dog does not care for wooden duck.
#pooch #puppy #dog #mansbestfriend #runaway #duck #horrormovie
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  •   the.blonde.recluse The caption 2w
  •   zeroeye Nice! 2w
  •   jasonhusveth I believe you and I were brothers in another life. Where did you see this? I thought they were only in Missouri? Or perhaps that is the Ozark Hellbender that is kept, bred, and studied only at the St. Louis Zoo? 2w
  •   matt_in_trees @jasonhusveth right on man! The Ozark bender is a subspecies of hellbender that diverged due to glacial events that separated the watersheds (I think). These hellbenders are part of a headstart program in Buffalo that is working to create habitat and supplement wild populations via captive breeding. 2w
  •   akhdarlevante Looks like Toothless character 2w

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matt_in_trees Sarracenia jonesii - a wonderfully small species of pitcher plant endemic to the #appalachianmountains
It is only found growing in 10 locations between North and South Carolina making it quite endangered. It has the smallest flowers of any #Sarracenia that I have ever encountered. I was very lucky to have seen this one. Aside from habitat destruction, poaching is the major threat to its survival in the wild.
#nature #nativeplants #nature_obsession #endemic #endangeredspecies #carnivorousplants #californiacarnivores #conservation #plant #plants #plantnerd #botany #pitcherplant
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matt_in_trees Sphodros rufipes - the red legged purseweb spider. I am generally pretty cool with spiders, however, this one made me into a wary hiker for a few days. They live most of their lives in tunnel-shaped webs and rarely ever leave. I was lucky to have seen this male (females have black legs). If you want to see something truly amazing, do an image search for their fangs ;)
#arthropodsanonymous #spider #road #skyporn #forest #crossingtheroad #NorthCarolina #coweeta #ottonc #nature #nature_obsession #webslinger #hiking #outdoors
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matt_in_trees Galiella rufa or rubber cups are a super cool species of fungi that grows on decaying wood. Apparently it is native to both eastern North America and Malaysia.
#fungi #fungus #cupfungus #appalachia #appalachianmountains #sylvanc #NorthCarolina #nature #nature_obsession #ecology #fungiperfecti #shrooms
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matt_in_trees Happy 4th... from a truck stop somewhere in PA.
#4th #summerlovin
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matt_in_trees A Devonian sea witnesses the light of day for the first time in over 360 million years.
#penndixie #fossils #fossilhunting #geology #devonianera #crinoid #brachiopods #nature #nature_obsession #buffalony #newyork #outdoors
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  •   angie__belle Wow 4w
  •   micwillet What!!! Im so jealous 4w
  •   linguamanda @melbelle692 This made me think of you. :) 4w
  •   melbelle692 @linguamanda yes this is awesome! 4w
  •   swamp_fancy Whoaaaaaa! Holy crinoids! Awesome. 4w
  •   matt_in_trees @micwillet I took our fossil heritage for granted for many years. It isn't terribly difficult to find good deposits of crinoids, brachiopods, and trilobites around here. Only recently have I realized how special these layers really are. If you are ever in western New York you must do some hunting :) 3w
  •   micwillet I will! 3w

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matt_in_trees This is what happens when you plant a big ol' onion. I must say I really don't like the smell of this bloom. Pretty nonetheless!
#garden #onion #flower #flowerporn #veggie #vegetable #containergardening #gardening #buffalony #city #newyork #plant #plantnerd #botany #smelly #experiment
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matt_in_trees #tbt I can't believe that in the span of a month I have managed to explore the shores and cliffs of the Bruce Peninsula and the mountains of the Southern Appalachains.
#dowhatyoulove #explore #hiking #brucepeninsula #flowerpotisland #lakehuron #greatlakes #nature #nature_obsession #forest #forestporn #botanizing
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matt_in_trees Spigelia marilandica or Indian pink. When I first saw this plant I was certain it was a garden escape. Turns out it is native throughout southeastern North America.
#plant #plants #plantnerd #nature #nature_obsession #botany #highlands #NorthCarolina #nativeplants #flower #flowerporn #botany #botanizing #spigelia #outdoors #forest
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matt_in_trees Judaculla Rock - A large soapstone boulder containing more petroglyphs than any other known rock east of the Mississippi. There is a lot of speculation as to the meaning of many of these symbols but it holds considerable significance among the Cherokee. Experts have estimated the carvings are somewhere around 1000+ years old. Truly an honor to stand before it.
#NativeAmericans #Cherokee #NorthCarolina #archaeology #Judaculla #JudacullaRock #rockart #petroglyphs #culture #honor #respect
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matt_in_trees Was collecting data the other day and this butterfly landed on my middle finger and wouldn't leave. It resulted in this rare selfie.
#forest #outdoors #hiking #butterfly #nature #nature_obsession #science #beard #northcarolina #coweeta #selfie
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