List of animals I've seen in the wild

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This is a list of animals I have personally seen alive in their natural habitat and was able to identify (to some extant). Unless otherwise mentioned, I first saw the animal in Michigan.


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Frog, Bull Rana catesbeiana
Frog, Northern Green Rana clamitans melanota Adult and tadpoles
Frog, Pickerel Lithobates palustris
Salamander, Spotted Ambystoma maculatum
Toad, Fowler's Anaxyrus fowleri


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Leech, Freshwater Jawless Glossiphoniidae
Worm, Earth Lumbricus terrestris


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Blackbird, Red-winged Agelaius phoeniceus Female, male
Bluebird, Eastern Sialia sialis
Cardinal, Northern Cardinalis cardinalis Female, male
Chickadee, Black-capped Poecile atricapillus
Cowbird, Brown-headed Molothrus ater
Crane, Sandhill Grus canadensis
Crow, America Corvus brachyrhynchos
Dove, Mourning Zenaida macroura Adult, hatchlings
Dove, Rock Columba livia
Eagle, Bald Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Egret, Great Ardea alba
Finch, American Gold Carduelis tristis
Goose, Canada Branta canadensis Female, male, hatchlings
Grackle, Common Quiscalus quiscula Female, male
Grackle, Great-tailed Quiscalus mexicanus Seen in New Mexico and Quintana Roo, Mexico
Gull, American Herring Larus smithsonianus
Gull, Common Larus canus
Hawk, Broad-winged Buteo platypterus
Heron, Great Blue Ardea herodias
Hummingbird Seen several, couldn't identify
Jay, Blue Cyanocitta cristata
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
Kingfisher, Belted Megaceryle alcyon Female
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Female, male, hatchlings
Nuthatch, Red-breasted Sitta canadensis
Owl Couldn't identify
Oriole, Baltimore Icterus galbula
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Pelican, Brown Pelecanus occidentalis
Pheasant, Common Phasianus colchicus
Raven, Common Corvis corax
Redpoll, Common Acanthis flammea
Robin, American Turdus migratorius Female, male, nest, eggs
Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Passer montanus
Sparrow, House Passer domesticus Female, male
Starling, Common Sturnus vulgaris
Swallow, Barn Hirundo rustica Female, male
Swan, Mute Cygnus olor
Turkey, Wild Meleagris gallopavo Female
Vulture, Turkey Cathartes aura
Woodpecker, Pileated Dryocuopus pileatus
Woodpecker, Red-bellied Melanerpes carolinus


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Crayfish, Rusty Orconectes rusticus
Pill-bug, Common Armadillidium vulgare AKA Roly-poly
Sow-bug Kind that can't roll up


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Bass, Smallmouth Micropterus dolomieu
Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus
Catfish, Flathead Pylodictis olivaris
Trout, Lake Salvelinus namaycush


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Ant, Black Carpenter Camponotus pennsylvanicus Female, Male, larva, eggs
Ant, Black Garden Lasius niger
Ant, Pavement Tetramorium caespitum
Bee, American Bumble Bombus pensylvanicus
Bee, Western Honey Apis mellifera
Beetle, False Mealworm Alobates pennsylvanica
Beetle, May Phyllophaga
Boxelder Bug Boisea trivittata
Butterfly, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Papilio canadensis
Butterfly, Clouded Sulfur Colias philodice
Butterfly, Monarch Danaus plexippus
Centipede, House Scutigeridae
Centipede, Bark Cormocephalus
Cricket, Field Gryllus pennsylvanicus
Damselfly Ischnura
Dragonfly, Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis
Dragonfly Unable to identify species
Earwig, European Forficula auricularia Female, male, young, larva, eggs
Firefly, Common Eastern Photinus pyralis
Fly, Common Fruit Drosophila melanogaster
Fly, Crane Tipulidae
Fly, Horse Tabanidae
Fly, House Musca domestica
Gnat Unable to identify species
Grasshopper, Differential Melanoplus differentialis
Grasshopper, Two-striped Melanoplus bivittatus
Harvestman, Eastern Leiobunum vittatum
Ladybeetle, Asian Harmonia axyridis
Lady Bug Coccinellidae
Mantis, Chinese Tenodera sinensis
Mantis, European Mantis religiosa
Mayfly Palaeoptera Seen in Ohio off Lake Erie
Millipede Diplopoda Unable to identify species
Mite, Clover Bryobia praetiosa
Mosquito Culicidae Unable to identify species
Moth, Five-spotted Hawk / Tomato Hornworm Manduca quinquemaculata Caterpillar
Moth, Hummingbird Hemaris Unable to identify species
Moth, Isabella Tiger / Caterpillar, Woollybear Pyrrharctia isabella Adult, caterpillar
Moth, Winter / Inch Worm Operophtera brumato Adult, caterpillar
Pseudoscorpion Pseudoscorpionida
Spider, American Yellow Sac Cheiracanthium inclusum
Spider, Longbodied Cellar Pholcus phalangioides
Spider, Tan Jumping Platycryptus undatus
Spider, Zebra Back Salticus scenicus
Stink Bug, Brown Marmorated Halyomorpha halys
Tick, Deer Ixodes scapularis
Walking Stick, Common Diapheromera femorata
Wasp, Eastern Yellow Jacket Vespula maculifrons
Wasp, European Paper Polistes dominula
Wasp, Metricus Paper Polistes metricus
Weevil, Black Vine Otiorhynchus sulcatus


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Agouti Dasyprocta Seen in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Bat Unable to identify
Bear, Black Ursus americanus Seen in Kentucky
Chipmunk, Eastern Tamias striatus
Coati Nasua Seen in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Coyote Canis latrans Seen in California
Deer, White-tailed Odocoileus virginianus Male, female, fawns
Groundhog Marmota monax
Hare, Snowshoe Lepus americanus
Manatee, Florida Trichechus manatus latirostris Seen in Florida
Mink, American Neovison vison
Mouse, House Mus musculus
Muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus
Opossum, Virginia Didelphis virginiana
Rabbit, Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus
Raccoon Procyon lotor Adults and kits
Seal, Northern Fur Callorhinus ursinus Seen in Seattle
Squirrel, American Red Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
Squirrel, Fox Sciurus niger
Squirrel, Eastern Grey Sciurus carolinensis
Skunk, Striped Mephitis mephitis
Vole, Meadow Microtus pennsylvanicus


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Clam, Freshwater Many kinds, unable to identify
Mussel, Zebra Dreissena polymorpha
Slug, Grey Garden Deroceras reticulatum
Slug, Pacific Banana Ariolimax columbianus Seen in Seattle
Snail, Garden Cornu aspersum


Common Name Nomenclature Notes
Iguana Seen in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Snake, Black King Lampropeltis nigra Seen in Kentucky
Snake, Blue Racer Coluber constrictor foxii
Snake, Butler's Garter Thamnophis butleri
Snake, Eastern Garter Thamnophis sirtalis
Snake, Smooth Green Liochlorophis vernalis
Turtle, Common Snapping Chelydra serpentina Adult, hatchlings
Turtle, Western Painted Chrysemys picta
Turtle, Spiny Soft-shell Apalone spinifera spinifera