Warm afternoon…91 degrees

Shield-backed katydid (Tettigoniinae family) hanging out on the gayfeather (Liatris mucronata).


Green June Beetle (Cotinis nitida) found on the trail dead. I placed it on the Russula species mushroom for a better photo.

Underside is even more pretty. 

Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima) blooms again.
This afternoon after it warmed up, the Spotted Cucumber beetles (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) were all over the Buffalo Gourd plant.

White-banded crab spider (Misumenoides formosipes) was making meal of this Feather-legged fly (Trichopoda lanipes). You can’t see the spider in this photo, but when you see an insect not moving away from you, look for a spider or another predator having a meal. You can clearly see the “feathers” on the leg of the fly.

Love the name of this one…Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)

Another view. 

New rare critter in Wise County…migrated from Oklahoma! Is it an animal or plant or both? It may need a new branch on the tree of life!

The White Tuberosa (Vegettuber alba)! (Veget is Latin for lively, spirited and tuber means a knot, knob or swelling in Latin.)

Closeup of the cute face.

Oh my gosh, it says…”it is too much. I’m all worn out”. 

Claire, thanks for catching this rare critter for me 😉

Keep on looking!


  1. I love the Vegettuber alba! I'll have to keep an eye out for them here. You could documenting a range expansion!


  2. Claire, I am glad of yours and Paula's hard work. Maybe you will find more, eh. And I will be happy to document it as well. Dig carefully 😉

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