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Becky K  Nature and etymology lover 🦋🍃🐞@richmondbirder for birbs 🦅🐤🦉🐦🦆@aquawerk for my love’s nature art 🌿💦

Spring beauties (Claytonia virginica) - this genus is named for Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton. They are a perennial plant, overwintering through a tuberous root. The individual flowers bloom for three days, although the five stamens on each flower are only active for a single day. Flowering occurs between March and May. #springbeauties #instanature #nature_brilliance #naturephotography #canonsx60hs #canon #virginianature #nativeplants

Atlantic ghost crab 🦀 (Ocypode quadrata - literally “square fast foot”) This species lives on the coast from Massachusetts to Brazil. They are terrestrial but return to water to moisten their gills and release larvae. Their stalked compound eyes can swivel to give them 360° vision. They are omnivores, feeding on insects, filter-feeders, and the eggs or hatchlings of loggerhead turtles and will also scavenge for vegetation and detritus. #atlanticghostcrab #vabeach #instanature #nature_brilliance #naturephotography #canonsx60hs #canon #arthropod

Rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) are the smallest of the silk moths. Males have bushier antennae than females which allows them to sense female pheromones. As their name implies, females lay eggs on the underside of maple leaves. Like all Saturniidae moths adults do not eat and instead subsist on lipids stores during their larval stage! #rosymaplemoth #saturniidae #moth #lepidoptera #pink #fuzzy #instanature #nature_brilliance #naturephotography #canonsx60hs #canon #virginianature

Azalea season is here! Named from Ancient Greek ἀζαλέος (azaléos, “dry”), because the plant grows in dry soil. There are many azalea species native to Virginia, I tend to think the native flowers are more beautiful than the cultivated variety (cultivated is pictured) - see stories for examples of native plants 🌺 #azalea #rva #instanature #nature_brilliance #naturephotography #canonsx60hs #canon

Caribbean Hermit Crab (Coenobita clypeatus) has been confirmed to live as long as 12 years, and some crab owners have claimed to have crabs live up to 40 years! I had pet hermit crabs that lived for 5+ years personally. The genus name comes from a 15th century term for “cloister brother” 💕🐚🦐 #hermitcrab #stjohnusvi #usvi #instanature #nature_brilliance #naturephotography #canonsx60hs #canon

Wow! I can’t believe @bbcatt’s bday tubing is a month away! #rva #jamesriver #tubing #summer

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, all my mom-friends, and all moms out there! To me, being a “mom” is about loving unconditionally and teaching others to love while not sacrificing yourself (and a lot more than that too 😅)! @kykyinthesky @batesiest @shannieowood are great examples of teaching the power of love to their little ones while continuing to be their true selves! 💕 To everyone out there who mothers (regardless of gender)- whether to your human/animal/plant children or to strangers on the street- Happy Mother’s Day! (I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that teacher/nurse week usually lines up with Mother’s Day!) #mothersday #happymothersday #mom

Excited for the beach with @bbcatt this weekend! I don’t think we’ll be able to properly beach with the current forecast but I love getting my feet sandy either way :)

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) - the Japanese maple was introduced to America in the early 1800s. This species undergoes considerable genetic variation with seedlings from the same parent growing to display different leaf size, shape, and color. Due to its prolific seeding, this tree can escape cultivation and spread into forests. #japanesemaple #naturephotography #red #leaves #instanature #nature_brilliance #naturephotography #canonsx60hs #canon

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