Life on a Quarter Acre

When I first heard about iNaturalist a few years ago, I decided to use it to see what's living on our property -- a standard quarter-acre lot in the town of Moscow, Idaho.

So I started photographing everything I could find, and submitting the photos to iNaturalist. So far I've found 415 taxa on our little lot (not including cultivated plants).

I took all of the photographs on this website with a Canon SX60 camera, using a 500 D closeup lens when needed. I'm not much of a photographer; I just point and click and hope for the best.

Although I try to include everything I can find that's alive, there are exceptions. I only include wild things -- so no people, pets, or plants that I'm trying to cultivate. Even so, I've probably left out most of the inhabitants, since most species are just too small for me to photograph.

You have to draw the line somewhere; I draw it at about 3 mm (1/8 inch).

(If you have any comments, corrections, or suggestions, you can send them to me, Steve Wells, at


Insects (307)


Spiders (20)

Other Invertebrates

Other Invertebrates (13)


Birds (36)

Other Vertebrates

Other Vertebrates (5)


Plants (30)


Fungi (5)

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