No, I’m not losing it. I know that this is an amphibian and not an insect. It eats insects so it’s good enough for me. With winter fast approaching, my bug hunts are yielding less and less photo opportunities, so I’ll take what I can get. When winter actually comes, I’m not sure what I’ll be posting, but I’ll figure out something.
I find salamanders most interesting because their ability to regenerate lost limbs. This is most common with their tails as they can actually drop them voluntarily to distract predators.
Here is a video of some salamanders I found in my yard today.