Survey at the grasslands

So I actually had a purpose that morning. I was conducting a small survey in area where I had not searched before for the Narrow-leaf Morning-glory (Ipomoea shumardiana). However no new patches was found.

A close look at Toothed Spurge (Euphorbia dentata)!

Crab spider was lurking!

The above spider had competition on the other side. ๐Ÿ™‚

Green Lynx Spider only stood out because it had moved on to the sepals.

Four O’clock (Mirabilis linearis) five fused sepals that could be mistaken for the flower. The pinkish or white flower had already dropped.

A closeup of the fruits! Looks like three friends and one lost it head! LOL The fruit can help you distinguish this species from others of the same genus. So these are hairy and ribbed. Some others have tubercles (knob like) on the fruits.

Now that I have seen this Horse Fly (Esenbeckia), it keeps popping up. This guy landed on the Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var pulcherrima)!

The Nits-and-Lice (Hypericum drummondii) flower is usually kinda like a pinwheel. However, the lack rain was probably curling its petals??
An impressive sized ant mound!

It was 11 o’clock and we had made the circle for the survey. So now we were done at the grasslands. It had been a good morning even if we didn’t find any new morning-glories patches.

Tomorrow, buckle up as I take you on the driving tour part of our day! LOL

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Keep looking!

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


  1. Does that crab spider have something in its grasp? Tiny insect?
    Closeups of the spiders really show their beauty and details.

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