Time for orange

This weekend was the start of the archery season for deer. And so there were lots of folks out on the grasslands. It runs from October 1st through November 4th. Then the general season is November 5th through January 1st. So its time to get out the hunter orange!

The Spotted Cucumber Beetles (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) were still chilled this morning on the Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima). With the crazy dry summer, our Buffalo Gourd had died back. Then when the late summer rain came, it sprouted again!

It was another chilly morning here. So it was definitely a surprise to see them.

My first bugs on the grasslands! The Common Green Stink Bugs (Chinavia hilaris) were mating on the Liatris mucronata!

Second insect, a Casebearer Moth (Coleophora) -tentative ID. There are over 158 species in North America and probably many more undescribed species. Often they will have a thicken base on the antennas.

Third insect, a skipper! Thanks to Claire, it was ID’s as a Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho). Thanks Claire!

Fourth and fifth critters! The Orbweaver caught a Green Lacewing…yum!

Final insect, the Monarch (Danaus plexippus)! We had a roost of seven last night at home. However, I am seeing more of them today in the yard. So perhaps, we will have a bigger roost tonight?

Hope everyone had a chance to get outside this weekend!

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


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