The eclipse will be finished by the time this post went out. Of course (well at least I hope) I have some photos to share soon of the eclipse. While I sort those photos I will share a bit more from the campground.

Seven-spotted Ladybug (Coccinella septempunctata) and pale aphids! The predator and the prey.
A White-margined Burrower Bug (Sehirus cinctus) was lurking nearby. The brown thing looks to be some sort of pupa.

Ahhh, time to stretch its wing.
I was unsure as to what this was until I saw the tubes out the rear. Such a weird aphid!
A top view of the non-native Hemp Broomrape (Phelipanche ramosa). It is scattered over much of the park’s mowed areas.
The flower was a pretty trumpet shape. It is a native to the Mediterranean. It’s roots extends into the ground up to 10 feet!
Along the edges of the mowed areas a Rambur’s forktail (Ischnura ramburii) lit momentarily for me.
A very tiny spider on sumac!
Here’s one that managed to snag a midge!

A Striped Lynx Spider (Oxyopes salticus) caught a midge (Chironomidae) as well. Yum! There are plenty of the midges to go around. LOL.
Another edge plant was the Marbleseed (Lithospermum)!

Dashing across the road, a Wolf Spider with babies on back hides under the grass on the pavement.

Hope everyone got a good view of the eclipse!

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  1. We barely had a break in the clouds in time to see the eclipse then it was gone just as we got light again. Has been overcast all day after that. Loved the dancing glow around the dark circle and the orange flares or whatever they were. Hummingbirds went to roost when it got dark. A cardinal sang through the first half of darkness. There was sunset color to the west where the clouds were thinner.

  2. We got to see the eclipse try too but had to drive a ways to do so. Love wolf spiders especially with babies.

  3. Go ladybugs go! We went to my sister’s house today to watch the eclipse. Hemp broomrape all over her neighborhood. Our eclipse view was awesome – the clouds disappeared just in time.

  4. Our view of the eclipse was perfect – drove to my sister’s house in Arlington and the sky cleared up in plenty of time. Pretty doggone awesome. And the predicted traffic jams did not develop. All around great day.
    Midges must be really tasty!

  5. Couldn’t have asked for a better setting for the eclipse than The Flower Mound prairie. Things are lush after last fall’s fire, the Penstemon cobaea was in flull bloom, and our skies only had about 20% cloud cover at the time of the eclipse. Breathtaking!

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