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Critters of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Lake Harrison
Common Name: Tree Swallow
Scientific Name: Tachycineta bicolor
Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz (16-25 g)
Wingspan: 11.8-13.8 in (30-35 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Labs

  • Migrating and wintering Tree Swallows can form enormous flocks numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They gather about an hour before sunset and form a dense cloud above a roost site (such as a cattail marsh or grove of small trees), swirling around like a living tornado. With each pass, more birds drop down until they are all settled on the roost.
  • Tree Swallows winter farther north than any other American swallows and return to their nesting grounds long before other swallows come back. They can eat plant foods as well as their normal insect prey, which helps them survive the cold snaps and wintry weather of early spring.
  • The Tree Swallow—which is most often seen in open, treeless areas—gets its name from its habit of nesting in tree cavities. They also take readily to nest boxes.
  • Tree Swallows have helped researchers make major advances in several branches of ecology, and they are among the best-studied bird species in North America. Still, we know little about their lives during migration and winter.
  • The oldest Tree Swallow on record was at least 12 years, 1 month old when it was recaptured and released during banding operations in Ontario in 1998.

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Adopt Wanda at Richmond SPCA

Hi everyone! My name is Wanda. I love people and affection. I even wag my tail like a dog when I am happy. Please come visit me and possibly take me home!

Age: 4 years,
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Brown
Declawed: No
ID: 47833868

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by the Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name: Orange Assassin Bug
Scientific Name: Pselliopus barberi
Length: 1/2 inch

Quick Facts

  • The assassin bugs are also known as bloodsuckers, kissing bugs, or coned nose bugs.
  • There are over 155 assassin bug species, and they are all similar by one specific characteristic, and that is, they are equipped with a pointed, curved mouth known as proboscis, which they use to stab and kill their prey, and also to defend themselves from predators.
  • These insects are highly predatory and spend most of their time hunting.
  • The diet of an orange assassin bug consists of caterpillars, insects, worms, houseflies, and other smaller bugs.

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Essence at Richmond SPCA

Age: 3 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 50903579

Hey duuude! My name is Essence and I think it would be totally rad if we became best buds! I am one cool pup with an awesome personality and I know I’d make a great addition to your family. I love playing with stuffed toys but I’m not all fun and games, I’m also a pretty smart gal. I dig treats and already know how to sit and lie down for one. If you’re ready for one far out adventure, you’ve gotta come meet me today!

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by the Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Climbing Wall and Pony Pasture
Common Name: Hentz Orbweaver (I’m pretty sure on this id but could be wrong)
Scientific Name:Nescona crucifera
Length:  Females are 0.37-0.74 inches (9.3-19 mm) and males are slightly smaller

  • Hentz orbweavers are also known as spotted orbweavers because of two distinct white spots they have on the underside of their abdomen, and the “crucifer” portion of their Latin name is due to the embossed cross-shape they have on the top side of their abdomen. (Not seen very well in my photos.)
  • The Arboreal Orbweaver/Hentz Orbweaver (Nescona crucifera) is primarily a nocturnal species and it rebuilds its web every night. However, adult females have been known to leave their webs up and hunt throughout the day.
  • This spider has one of the widest color and modeling pattern variations of any spider species.
  • The Arboreal Orbweaver is mostly found in the eastern portion of the U.S. but its southern range extends west to California.
  • The orb portion of the web may be nearly 2 feet in diameter.

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Twizzler at Richmond SPCA

Hello friends, my name is Twizzler and I’m here to find a family of my very own. I haven’t always known the comfort of a home and I think the world is a pretty scary place at times. I need someone special like you to show me plenty of patience and kindness to help me overcome my fears and gain confidence. If you think that you can show me the devotion I deserve, then won’t you please be my hero and ask about adopting me today?

Age: 8 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Buff
ID: 50949987

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Where Spotted: Forest Hill Park Lake
Common Name: Praying Mantis specifically a Carolina Mantis (with bonus Honey Bee)
Scientific Name: Stagmomantis carolina
Length: Adult females are 47 to 60 millimeters (2-2.5 inches) adult males are about 54 millimeters (2.2 inches)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Capital Naturalist

  •  “Praying” mantis have long fascinated people. The very term “mantis” comes from ancient Greek meaning “prophet” or “seer” due to the way they hold their legs in prayer-like fashion.
  • All mantis have a unique ability to turn their heads around much more than other insects. They are said to be the only insects that can look over their shoulders.
  • There are 20 species of mantis in North America. Unfortunately, of the two we commonly see around here, the most likely one we encounter is the non-native Chinese Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia).
  • Chinese Mantis are larger, the females getting to about 4″. Chinese Mantis also have wings that extend beyond their abdomen, while the female Carolina Mantis have wings that only extend part way along the back.
  • A typical Carolina ootheca produces about 50 eggs, while the Chinese might produce 350 eggs.
  • Sexual cannibalism occurs in roughly one quarter of all intersexual encounters of this species, though specimens of this species will engage in cannibalism regardless of age or gender if the opportunity presents itself.
  • The Carolina mantis is the state insect of South Carolina.
  • The Carolina mantis’ color varies because the nymphs are able to adjust their color to match the environment they are in at the time of molting. They can adjust their color over each molt, if necessary, until they reach their final molt to adulthood.

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Van Zandt at Richmond SPCA

What’s up ya’ll?! I’m the one, the only, yours truly, THE Van Zandt! I’m the class clown at the shelter, make no mistake. I’ll have you cracking up left and right with my antics! My shelter buddies tell me I could use some basic manners, so I’m hoping I can find a family willing to show me the ropes. Won’t that be you?
Age: 3 years,
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black / Brown
Size: M (dog size guide)
ID: 4870392

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