Low creek crossing

After the quail survey on Friday it was time to go check on Shirley’s flowers in Cooke County.

Before getting to our target location we stopped at a low water crossing. The Buffalo Bur (Solanum rostratum) was looking mighty purty!
One little bee!
A gorgeous Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)!

This was a limestone creek bed so there were a few pieces of ammonites scattered around.
The False Indigo (Amorpha fruticosa) was not yet blooming. “The genus name, from the Greek amorphos (formless or deformed), alludes to the fact that the flower, with only a single petal (the banner or standard), is unlike the typical pea flowers of the family.” It is a host plant for the Hoary Edge and Gray Hairstreak plus some others. Next time I should look for the cats.

Near the edge of the dry creek the Western Ironweed (Vernonia baldwinii) was pretty dang tall unlike those in our dry field at home.

Certainly stopping at the low creek crossing always has great finds! Now back in the car to head to Cooke County destinations.

One last thing from a recording at our wildlife camera.

What if The Loch Ness Monster Was Actually a Giant Eel?

Keep looking!

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


  1. Lots of great finds! I love buffalo bur – wish it wasn’t so prickly. I wonder if the Manduca sp. feed on it too?

  2. What a wonderful video to catch!!!!
    The False Indigo Bush at my house in Carrollton brought in the Silver Spotted Skipper. It blooms in spring. That is a gorgeous specimen. They lined parts of the creek at Legacy but never that robust. There is some down here in our rivers too. I planted one in my plant corral where sprinklers keep it watered along with my nursery and it has done well.

    1. Its flowers are such an unusual color. Because I don’t have wet areas at the house I don’t get to observe it much. I think I read the silver spotted used it as a host plant. Let me know if you find some cats.

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