The Yard

We spent the whole holiday weekend at Claire’s house in Norman. Claire’s goal has been to have all the native plants she can fit in their lot. In fact it was the typical suburban lot when they moved in a few years ago. The front yard now has a veggie garden and native plants in a more neat arrangement. However the backyard is messy. Just like nature likes!

The beautiful backyard! The natives are just packed in.
Lace Bugs (Corythucha), adults and nymphs on the Common Sunflower.
Another color of a Lace Bug (Corythucha)!

Yellow aphids (Aphididae)!
A Tawny Emperor cat on the Hackberry.
Sawfly larva!
Love the antennae on the Euphorbia Bug (Chariesterus antennator)!

Indeed the Euphorbia Bug (Chariesterus antennator) nymphs were adorable as well!

Perhaps my favorite find in their yard was probably this cat on the Croton! The Goatweed Leafwing larva was rolled tightly in a leaf.
So we guessed it was probably at least a second instar.
A real cutie!

After its ordeal with us we released it back to its home. Apparently we had worked up its appetite. 🙂 Furthermore its head glowed under the UV light! Additionally we found several other of its mates rolled in other leaves of the Croton.

Claire’s restoration (with Paula’s help) of her backyard has taken several years. Furthermore the results have been amazing! In fact with 612 species and counting in her yard I would say the effort has paid dividends for nature. The species list includes: 13 mammals, 52 birds, 3 amphibians, 1 Reptilia, 3 Mollusca (snails), 48 Arachnida, 415 Insecta, 65 Plantae (does not include what she has added), 13 Fungi, and 3 Protozoa (slime molds). And over the weekend we were able to record the Tricolored Bat, her 13th mammal! Indeed amazing! You can follow Claire on her blog, Cast Iron Forest to Skillet.

Kathy wanted to share her sighting of a baby Cope’s Gray Treefrog. So Kathy sat at her “table watching a baby treefrog eating bugs on the glass window. It was just SO cute.” And she included this link for Cope’s Gray Tree Frog so we could learn more about this species. Thanks Kathy!

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Keep looking!

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


  1. Thank you so much for visiting and for saying such nice things about our little prairie and woodland edge. 💙. Also for counting up the various critters, I hadn’t split it out before like that! Very exciting to have the bats with your detector. I think my next frontier for creatures is going to be tinier bugs… there’s got to be some thrips in this place.

  2. Thank you for sharing too. 🤗 Yeah you have lots more. Look for the mites in the hairs of the leaves. I find them quite often! And then there is the soil. So much eh!

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