Second survey day

Up early for the second quail survey. I would say bright-eyed and bushy-tail but I was not. LOL

This survey spot will often have a Bobwhite calling. However not this morning. 🙁

At 7:36am our spirits were lifted with three separate Bobwhites calling. I was going to share a movie with y’all of the call, but something was not cooperating. How do we know it was three different birds. We listen to see if the sound comes from different directions and the loudness of the calls. Great survey morning!
On the second to last survey point I spotted a nice walkingstick.

On another nearby leaf on the Western Horse Nettle a Grass-Veneer (Euchromius ocellea). The two bands were hard to see but the bands helped with ID.

Finished with our last survey point we took a short walk.

Western Leaf-footed bugs (Leptoglossus clypealis) were mating.
The Roundhead Prairie Clover (Dalea multiflora) had bugs and spiders!

Love the glands on the sepals of the Big-top Dalea (Dalea enneandra)!

The Eastern Red-bellied Tiger Beetle (Cicindelidia rufiventris cumatilis) was surprisingly cooperative for a photo. Usually the tiger beetles are racing around.
On False Gaura (Oenothera glaucifolia syn. Stenosiphon linifolius) yellow aphids including the exuviae and a winged adult!
This was the best find after the survey, a Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida)! A new Wise County record. Yippee!

Great morning!

Keep looking!

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


  1. I love the tiger beetle. Glad you got a good shot. And especially happy to hear you heard three quails.

  2. Congrats on the 3 bobwhites calling and the dragonfly record!
    Batter boards and string went up today and tomorrow they start moving off the topsoil so they can lay the pad for our house foundation. There is a huge bulldozer parked here tonight. We were busy today laying out fencing, string and posts, etc. to protect trees and areas.

      1. I will try to get some pics up on Facebook.
        The foundation will probably be poured mid September. Whole build is 9-12 months. Ground work takes long even when you don’t live in the rocks. They want to be sure there is stable ground under the slab.

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