Tied down

Where is that rain?

Indeed, Ms Cottontail was standing at attention. That is not something I have seen often.
An Orange Sulphur stops at the Texas Thistle. Good thistle! 🙂 A number of critters were at the thistle, but this one in particular seemed oblivious to me.

Plenty of sticky pollen left on this Clasping-leaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia amplexicaulis)!

One gnarly looking mushroom!

This was a really weird critter that caught my eye in our garden pond. Oh my what was it? I had no clue other than it was a larva of some sort. Thanks to my entomologist it was narrowed down to a Horse Fly (Tabaninae) larva. Further investigation led me to believe it might be in the genus of Tabanus. Of course this is just a guess. If it is a Tabanus than the larva apparently can bite. And it feels like a wasp sting. Whoa right? Glad I didn’t pick it up! Thanks Claire and Michelle! FYI, it went back in the pond.

Tied down and still it can put up a defense. However as it gets further along toward completing the pupation, its osmeterium will no longer come out.

Neanderthals May Have Been The First To Carefully Concoct This Substance

Keep looking!

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


  1. Poor cat being bugged while in life’s transformation. But that’s my favorite thing to do. Make them show their stinky defenses.

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