Clintonville Wildlife

Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) on a coneflower head.

On this summer solstice, I’m reflecting on all the wildlife that lives in and around our small patch of earth in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. I’ve been amazed by how many species live with us—or do we live with them?

Below is a list of creatures I’ve observed over two years. These are just from memory and are animals I could identify. There have been many other unidentified insects.

Mammals

Bats
Possums
Rabbits
Raccoons
Red fox (1)
Squirrels

Birds

Bluejays
Canada geese
Cardinals
Chickadees
Crows
Great blue heron (1)
Hawks
House finches
Hummingbirds
Goldfinches
Grackles
Mourning doves
Nuthatches
Robins
Sparrows
Turkey vulture (1)

Insects, etc.

Ants
Aphids
Bumble bees
Carpenter bees
Centipedes
Common house spiders
Crickets
Daddy longlegs
Dragonflies
Earthworms
Flies
Honey bees
Hornets
Jumping spiders
June bugs
Lady beetles
Lightning bugs
Milkweed bugs
Mosquitoes
Moths
Monarch butterflies
Pill bugs
Praying mantis (1)
Red milkweed beetles
Silverfish
Slugs
Stink bugs
Wasps
Wolf spiders