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Critter 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: Reedy Creek
Common Name: Horace’s Duskywing
Scientific Name: Erynnis horatius
Wing Span: 1 7/16 – 1 15/16 inches (3.6 – 4.9 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Butterflies and Moths of North America

  • The Duskywing prefers open woodlands and edges, clearings, fencerows, wooded swamps, power-line right-of-ways, open fields, roadsides.
  • The caterpillar version of the Duskywing can be found on both red and white oaks including willow oak (Quercus phellos), northern red oak (Q. velutina), scrub oak (Q. ilicifolia), water oak (Q. nigra), post oak (Q. stellata), and live oak (Q. virginiana).
  • To seek females, males perch at the ends of twigs on hilltops or slopes about 1 foot above the ground. Mating has been observed around midday; females deposit eggs singly on new growth of the host.
  • Horace’s Duskywing visits flower up to about 4.5 feet tall including dogbane, buttonbush, sneezeweed, goldenrod, peppermint, boneset, and winter cress.

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Finnegan at Richmond SPCA

Hi there, I’m Finnegan! I’m a handsome and friendly guy who loves to make new friends. Other than my unique appearance, another interesting thing about me is that I’m deaf! While this will make communicating with me a little different, I still have a lot of love to give.

If you are interested in meeting with Finnegan, please visit our Adoption Center or give us a call at (804)521-1307.

Age: 3 years,
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: White / Brown
Size: M (dog size guide)
ID: 49168753

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Critter 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: Maymont
Common Name: Eastern Amberwing
Scientific Name: Perithemis tenera
Length: 22-25mm

Quick Facts

  • The smallest dragonfly in Northern Virginia, and second smallest in the U.S. (only Elfin Skimmers are smaller).
  • Amberwings are reported to have the most intricate courtship of any dragonfly. After the male selects several possible egglaying sites for a mate, he flies off to find a female and leads her back to his potential nursery. To attract her, he sways back and forth, and hovers with his abdomen raised. Mating only occurs if the females approves – making this one of the few dragonflies where females choose the males.
  • Amberwings may be our only dragonfly that actively mimics a wasp. The markings and shape of their abdomens resemble a small wasp, but they take it several steps further. When threatened, they rhythmically move their wings up and down while pulsing their abdomens.
  • The common name refers to its eastern range, although this dragonfly does extend westward well into the central part of the United States.
  • In late summer, males can be seen along the shores of lakes, ponds, marshes and slow sections of rivers, bays and canals. But females are often found far from water, in meadows among summer wildflowers, as in the above photo. They’re probably hunting even smaller visitors to these summer blooms like midges, flower flies and tiny bees.

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Mercury at Richmond SPCA

Are you searching for a fun, friendly and adorable family member? My name is Mercury and I’m the girl for you! I am pretty lonely here by myself, just waiting for my special someone to come along. Won’t you please take me home today?

Age: 2 years,
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Chocolate
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 49324606

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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

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

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Whales were spotted on a Rudee’s Whale Tour and the Responsible Code of Conduct for Whale Watching was followed. Look for a write-up of our trip next week.

Where Spotted: 6 Miles off the coast of Virginia Beach
Common Name: Humpback Whale
Scientific Name: Megaptera novaeangliae
Length: 12–16 m (39–52 ft)
Weight: 25–30 t (28–33 short tons

Quick Facts

  • Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. Virginia Beach is on their route during the months of December, January, and February.
  • Like other large whales, the humpback was a target for the whaling industry. The species was once hunted to the brink of extinction; its population fell by an estimated 90% before a 1966 moratorium.
  • The varying patterns on the tail flukes distinguish individual animals. Identification is done by comparing the amount of white vs black and scars on the fluke. The humpback whales are then given a catalogue number.
  • Thin, parallel scars are from the killer whale’s teeth, and are known as “rake marks.” The circular scars on the flukes are from barnacles, which embed themselves into the whale’s skin.
  • Instead of teeth, this filter-feeder has baleen plates that overlap to form a dense net used to strain millions of small shrimp-like animals.
  • Humpbacks may work as a team when hunting for schooling fish. Once underwater, several humpbacks encircle the fish with a “bubble net”— a ring of bubbles blown from their blowholes. Others position themselves beneath the school and then rise, forcing the fish toward the surface. The humpbacks then lunge up through the concentrated school of fish, feasting on thousands of prey in a single gulp with their cavernous mouths.
  • Killer whales are known to prey on both calves and adult humpback whales.
  • At birth, a calf can measure up to 15 feet (4.6 m) long and weigh about 1,500 pounds (680 kg).

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Seafoam at Richmond SPCA

Hi there, who are you? My name is Seafoam and I really hope you’re my new family! Even though the people here at the Richmond SPCA are very nice, it’s still not the same as having a home to call my own. Won’t you please make me the happiest girl around by adopting me today?!

Age: 2 years,
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey / White
ID: 49283891

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Critter of the Week

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

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Where Spotted: Malvern Hill Battlefield
Common Name: Eastern Meadowlark
Scientific Name: Sturnella magna
Length: 7.5-10.2 in (19-26 cm)
Weight: 3.2-5.3 oz (90-150 g)
Wingspan: 13.8-15.8 in (35-40 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Labs

  • The Eastern Meadowlark is not in the lark family (Alaudidae)—it’s a member of the blackbird family (Icteridae), which also includes cowbirds and orioles.
  • A male Eastern Meadowlark typically has two mates at a time, rarely three.
  • Taxonomists recognize up to 17 subspecies of Eastern Meadowlark, including one isolated population in the Southwest known as the Lillian’s Meadowlark, which lives well within the range of the Western Meadowlark.
  • Although Eastern and Western Meadowlarks are nearly identical, the two species hybridize only very rarely. Mixed pairs usually occur only at the edge of the range where few mates are available.
  • Where Eastern and Western meadowlark ranges overlap in the central U.S., the two species refuse to share territories. Their songs sound totally different to each other, like a foreign language, so singing doesn’t always do the job of communicating territorial boundaries. Instead, the two species are likely to fight for territorial supremacy.
  • An Eastern Meadowlark male can sing several different variations of its song. In New York, the songs from one male were analyzed using spectrograms; the bird sang more than 100 different patterns of song.
  • The oldest known wild Eastern Meadowlark was at least 8 years, 8 months old. It was banded in Pennsylvania in 1926, and shot in North Carolina in 1935.

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Sebastian at Richmond SPCA

Greetings! I am Sebastian, a handsome and frisky feline who is looking for a home just like yours! I can tell that you’d be a great fit for my fun-loving purr-sonality and zest for life! Won’t you please consider adopting me into your family today?

Age:  1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: White / Black
ID: 49189402

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