Two Ladies

Another guest photo, this time from Suzanne!

Suzanne found this tiny exuvia of a scorpion in the bottom of pot. Oh my is it tiny. The striped bark scorpion (Centruoides vittatus) according TPWD is the only one in our area. However there are 18 described species in Texas. The immature will molt an average of six times before maturity. Thanks Suzanne for sharing your little guy!
So many plants are blooming now including the Western Horse Nettle (Solanum dimidiatum) here at our house. Look carefully at the anthers. Some are bruised which means someone was getting some pollen! Bumblebees will do this, but I have yet to see one this season.

A fallen Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) blossom got hung on a spider’s web. My first glance and first thought was a weird bug. LOL.

The babies have not flown the coop yet. I have heard the parents scolding me for several days now. I thought for sure they would be gone today.

While checking out the Toothache tree (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) I found my first lady on the afternoon walk, a Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodamia convergens). This is a native ladybug!

My second lady was Ashy Gray Lady Beetle (Olla v-nigrum) on the same Toothache Tree! Interestingly this ladybug has two color forms. This one and another that is black with two red spots. See this link to BugGuide for a photo of it. Totally different!

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


  1. That honeysuckle bloom does look like a bug. Arent lady bugs pretty. I haven’t seen a scorpion in awhile so that tiny exuvia looks cute.

  2. You’re welcome, Mary! As soon as I saw it and how perfect it was, I knew I had to share a pic with you.

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