Oh Horse Apples!

Harvestman or Daddy Short-legs(Eumesosoma roeweri)

Sweetgum (Liquidambar styracifluain my backyard with the Cottonwoods (Populus deltoides) in the background. The Sweetgum is one of the host plants for Luna moths.


One fresh and two old and used up ones of the Lycoperdon species of puffballs.

 These are the Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta) which are from Brazil.
Did you know Texas has native Fire Ants (Solenopsis geminata)?  I only recently became aware of that fact. Besides the familiar mound, I can’t say I ever really looked at the Red Imported Fire Ants very close before. But today I noticed that there were several sizes.

Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) knot with green algae on it.

Same mushroom from yesterday that was on the Blackjack (Quercus marilandica) log but now it has opened further. Lost its shine.

Bois D’arc tree (Maclura pomiferawith the bright horse apples in my neighbor’s pasture. Looks like it is decorated for Christmas to me. 

Keep looking!


  1. The clouds set off the horse apples nicely. I have done the same thing as you. Photographed them after the leaves have fallen and thought to myself it looked like nature had decorated it for Christmas.

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