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.

Amphibians

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Frog - Bull Rana catesbeiana Animal - Amphibian - Frog - Bull - Rana catesbeiana.jpg
Frog - Green, Northern Rana clamitans melanota Adult and tadpoles
Frog - Leopard, Northern Lithobates pipiens Green morph
Frog - Pickerel Lithobates palustris
Salamander - Spotted Ambystoma maculatum
Toad - Eastern American Anaxyrus americanus Adult (brown and tan morph) and young
Toad - Fowler's Anaxyrus fowleri

Annelids

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Leech, Freshwater Jawless Glossiphoniidae
Worm, Earth Lumbricus terrestris Animal - Annelid - Worm, Earth - Lumbricus terrestris.jpg

Birds

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Blackbird, Red-winged Agelaius phoeniceus Female, male
Bluebird, Eastern Sialia sialis Female, male
Cardinal, Northern Cardinalis cardinalis Female, male
Chickadee, Black-capped Poecile atricapillus Animal - Bird - Chickadee, Black-capped - Poecile atricapillus.jpg
Cowbird, Brown-headed Molothrus ater
Crane, Sandhill Grus canadensis Animal - Bird - Crane, Sandhill - Grus canadensis.jpg Female, male, hatchlings
Crow, American Corvus brachyrhynchos
Dove, Mourning Zenaida macroura Adult, hatchlings
Dove, Rock Columba livia
Duck, Wood Aix sponsa Female adult, male/female juvenile
Eagle, Bald Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Egret, Great Ardea alba
Finch, American Gold Carduelis tristis Female, male
Goose, Canada Branta canadensis Animal - Bird - Goose, Canada - Branta canadensis.jpg Female, male, hatchling, fledgling
Grackle, Common Quiscalus quiscula Female, male
Grackle, Great-tailed Quiscalus mexicanus Animal - Bird - Great-Tailed Grackle (Female) - Quiscalus mexicanus.jpg Seen in New Mexico and Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Gull, American Herring Larus smithsonianus
Gull, Common Larus canus
Gull, Laughing Leucophaeus atricilla Animal - Bird - Gull - Laughing (Alternate) - Leucophaeus atricilla.jpg Alternate plumage. Seen in the Bahamas.
Hawk, Broad-winged Buteo platypterus
Heron, Great Blue Ardea herodias Dark form
Hummingbird Trochilidae Seen several, couldn't identify
Jay, Blue Cyanocitta cristata Female, male
Junco, Dark-eyed Junco hyemalis Male slate-colored
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus Animal - Bird - Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus.jpg
Kingfisher, Belted Megaceryle alcyon Female
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Female, male, hatchlings
Nuthatch, Red-breasted Sitta canadensis
Owl, Barred Strix varia Animal - Bird - Owl, Barred (Fledgling) - Strix varia.jpg Animal - Bird - Owl, Barred - Strix varia.jpg Adult and fledgling. Saw another at night, but I couldn't identify it
Oriole, Baltimore Icterus galbula
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Adult, nest
Pelican, Brown Pelecanus occidentalis
Pheasant, Common Phasianus colchicus
Raven, Common Corvis corax
Redpoll, Common Acanthis flammea
Robin, American Turdus migratorius Animal - Bird - Robin, American (Hatchlings) - Turdus migratorius.jpg Female, male, hatchlings, 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, male
Vulture, Turkey Cathartes aura
Waxwing, Cedar Bombycilla cedrorum Female, male
Woodpecker - Flicker, Northern Colaptes auratus Animal - Bird - Woodpecker - Flicker, Northern (Egg) - Colaptes auratus.jpg Male, female, egg
Woodpecker - Pileated Dryocuopus pileatus
Woodpecker - Red-bellied Melanerpes carolinus

Butterflies, Moths, Caterpillars

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Butterfly - Cabbage White Pieris rapae Animal - Moth - Cabbage White - Pieris rapae.jpg Adult
Butterfly - Clouded Sulfur Colias philodice Adult
Butterfly - Monarch Danaus plexippus Adult
Butterfly - Painted Lady Vanessa cardui Animal - Butterfly - Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui.jpg
Butterfly - Swallowtail, Canadian Tiger Papilio canadensis Adult
Butterfly - Swallowtail, Giant Papilio cresphontes Animal - Butterfly - Swallowtail, Giant - Papilio cresphontes.jpg Adult
Moth - Hawk, Five-spotted (Tomato Hornworm) Manduca quinquemaculata Caterpillar
Moth - Hummingbird Hemaris Unable to identify species
Moth - Isabella Tiger (Wolly Bear) Pyrrharctia isabella Animal - Moth - Isabella Tiger (Wolly Bear) - Pyrrharctia isabella.jpg Adult, Caterpillar
Moth - Tent Caterpillar, Eastern Malacosoma americanum Adult, caterpillar
Moth - Oleander Syntomeida epilais Animal - Moth - Oleander Caterpillar - Syntomeida epilais.jpg Caterpillar (seen in Quintana Roo, Mexico)
Moth - Tussock, Hickory Tiger Lophocampa caryae Animal - Moth - Tussock, Hicory Tiger (Caterpillar) - Lophocampa caryae.jpg Animal - Moth - Tussock, Hicory Tiger (Moth) - Lophocampa caryae.jpg Caterpillar, adult
Moth - Tussock, Spotted Lophocampa maculata Caterpillar
Moth - Winter (Inch Worm) Operophtera brumato Adult, caterpillar

Cnidarias

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Jellyfish, box Cubozoa Seen in Bahamas. Also stung by one, in Gulf of Mexico, but couldn't identify.

Crustaceans

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

Fish

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

Insects

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Ant - Black Carpenter Camponotus pennsylvanicus Female, Male, larva, eggs
Ant - Black Garden Lasius niger
Ant - Pavement Tetramorium caespitum
Bee - Bumble, American Bombus pensylvanicus Animal - Insect - Bee - Bumble, American - Bombus pensylvanicus.jpg
Bee - Sweat, Dark Lasioglossum pectorale Animal - Insect - Bee - Sweat, Dark - Lasioglossum pectorale.jpg
Bee - Honey, Western Apis mellifera Animal - Insect - Bee - Honey, Western - Apis mellifera.jpg
Beetle - False Mealworm Alobates pennsylvanica
Beetle - Japanese Popillia japonica Animal - Insect - Beetle - Japanese - Popillia japonica.jpg
Beetle - May Phyllophaga
Beetle - Willow Leaf Plagiodera versicolora Animal - Insect - Beetle - Willow Leaf - Plagiodera versicolora.jpg
Boxelder Bug Boisea trivittata
Centipede - House Scutigeridae
Centipede - Bark Cormocephalus
Cicada Unable to identify genus
Cricket - Field Gryllus pennsylvanicus
Damselfly - Ebony jewelwing Calopteryx maculata Animal - Insect - Damselfly - Ebony Jewelwing - Calopteryx maculata.jpg Male
Damselfly Ischnura
Dragonfly - Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis
Dragonfly - Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia Animal - Insect - Dragonfly - Common Whitetail (Juvenile Male) - Plathemis lydia.jpg Juvenile male
Dragonfly Anisoptera Unable to identify species
Earwig - European Forficula auricularia Female, male, young, larva, eggs
Firefly - Common Eastern Photinus pyralis Animal - Insect - Firefly - Common Eastern - Photinus pyralis.jpg
Fishfly - Spring Chauliodes rastricornis Animal - Insect - Fishfly - Spring - Chauliodes rastricornis.jpg
Fly - Common Fruit Drosophila melanogaster
Fly - Crane Tipulidae
Fly - Deer Chrysops Animal - Insect - Fly - Deer - Chrysops.jpg
Fly - Flesh Sarcophaga Animal - Insect - Fly - Flesh - Sarcophagidae.jpg
Fly - Horse Tabanidae
Fly - House Musca domestica
Gnat Mycetophilidae Unable to identify species
Grasshopper - Differential Melanoplus differentialis
Grasshopper - Two-striped Melanoplus bivittatus
Harvestman - Eastern Leiobunum vittatum
Katydid - Fork-tailed Bush Scudderia furcata
Ladybeetle - Asian Harmonia axyridis
Lady Bug Coccinellidae
Mantis - Chinese Tenodera sinensis
Mantis - European Mantis religiosa
Masked Hunter Reduvius personatus Animal - Insect - Masked Hunter - Reduvius personatus.jpg Nymph
Mayfly Palaeoptera Seen in Ohio off Lake Erie
Milkweed Bug, Small Lygaeus kalmii Animal - Insect - Milkweed Bug, Small - Lygaeus kalmii.jpg Adult and nymphs
Millipede Diplopoda Unable to identify species
Mite - Clover Bryobia praetiosa Animal - Insect - Mite - Clover - Bryobia praetiosa.jpg
Mosquito Culicidae Female, larva. Unable to identify species
Pseudoscorpion Pseudoscorpionida
Spider - Grass, American Agelenopsis Animal - Insect - Spider - Grass, American - Agelenopsis.jpg
Spider - Longbodied Cellar Pholcus phalangioides
Spider - Nursery Web Pisaurina mira Animal - Insect - Spider - Nursery Web (Male) - Pisaurina mira.jpg Male
Spider - Tan Jumping Platycryptus undatus
Spider - Yellow Sac, American Cheiracanthium inclusum Animal - Insect - Spider - Yellow Sac, American - Cheiracanthium inclusum.jpg
Spider - Zebra Back Salticus scenicus
Stink Bug - Brown Marmorated Halyomorpha halys Animal - Insect - Stink Bug - Brown Marmorated - Halyomorpha halys.jpg
Tick - Brown Dog Rhipicephalus sanguineus
Walking Stick - Common Diapheromera femorata
Wasp - Great Black Sphex pensylvanicus Animal - Insect - Wasp, Great Black - Sphex pensylvanicus.jpg
Wasp - Eastern Yellow Jacket Vespula maculifrons
Wasp - European Paper Polistes dominula
Wasp - Metricus Paper Polistes metricus
Weevil - Black Vine Otiorhynchus sulcatus

Mammals

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Agouti - Central American Dasyprocta punctata Animal - Mammal - Agouti - Central American - Dasyprocta punctata.jpg Seen in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Bat Chiroptera Unable to identify
Bear, American Black Ursus americanus Seen in Tennessee
Chipmunk, Eastern Tamias striatus
Coati - White-Nosed Nasua narica Animal - Mammal - Coati - White-Nosed - Nasua narica.jpg 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 Animal - Mammal - Rabbit, Eastern Cottontail - Sylvilagus floridanus.jpg Adult, young
Raccoon Procyon lotor Animal - Mammal - Raccoon - Procyon lotor.jpg Adults and kits
Seal, Northern Fur Callorhinus ursinus Seen in Seattle
Squirrel, American Red Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
Squirrel, Black Sciurus carolinensis Variant of the gray squirrel
Squirrel, Fox Sciurus niger Animal - Mammal - Squirrel, Fox - Sciurus niger.jpg
Squirrel, Eastern Gray Sciurus carolinensis
Skunk, Striped Mephitis mephitis
Vole, Meadow Microtus pennsylvanicus

Mollusks

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Clam, Freshwater Unionoida Many kinds, unable to identify
Mussel, Zebra Dreissena polymorpha
Octopus Octopoda Seen in Quintana Roo, Mexico; unable to identify species
Slug, Grey Garden Deroceras reticulatum
Slug, Pacific Banana Ariolimax columbianus Seen in Seattle
Snail, Faucet Bithynia tentaculata
Snail, Garden Cornu aspersum

Reptiles

Common Name Nomenclature Photos Notes
Iguana - Black Spiny-tailed Ctenosaura similis Animal - Reptile - Iguana - Black spiny-tailed iguana (Female) - Ctenosaura similis.jpg Animal - Reptile - Iguana - Black spiny-tailed iguana (Male) - Ctenosaura similis.jpg Female, male. Seen in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Snake - Black King Lampropeltis nigra Seen in Kentucky
Snake - Garter, Butler's Thamnophis butleri
Snake - Garter, Eastern Thamnophis sirtalis
Snake - Smooth Green Liochlorophis vernalis
Turtle - Snapping, Common Chelydra serpentina Animal - Reptile - Turtle - Snapping, Common - Chelydra serpentina.jpg Adult, hatchlings
Turtle - Painted, Western Chrysemys picta Animal - Reptile - Turtle - Painted, Western - Chrysemys picta (Hatchling).jpg Adult, hatchlings
Turtle - Spiny Soft-shell Apalone spinifera spinifera