First Wed

Every time I write ‘First Wed outing’ in a text, it wants to autocorrect to wed(ding). LOL. So on with the show now from May 1st, the First Wed(nesday) outing!

And what a show stopper it was! The Firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella) and the Greenthread (Thelesperma filifolium) covered the prairie as we proceeded through the gate at the grasslands.

First fauna was the Buckeye (Junonia coenia) caterpillar!
Pausing to look at the fringes on a Standing Winecup’s petal, a blister beetle (Pyrota nigrovittata) dropped by. The adults in the Pyrota genus feed on several families of plants.
Goodness the wildflowers are so gorgeous!

A crab spider found a tasty morsel! Crab spiders can change colors to match the plant but it can take several days for the change.

The Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea) caterpillars colors range from blonde to a very dark color. You can spot them on a large variety of plants feeding.

Another generalist forger is the Haldeman’s Shieldback katydid (Pediodectes haldemani). In fact BugGuide says it is an “omnivorous, will eat plants, carrion, and will catch and eat smaller animals.” Whoa watch out! 😉

And this was only the first half of the show of the First Wed outing! Second act tomorrow!

Klamath River Reservoirs Drained for World’s Largest Dam Removal Project

They swim and they spin: Meet the aquatic spiders

Keep looking!

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


  1. Do you think it’s unusual to have so many salt marsh moth cats now? I notice them in the fall normally.

  2. Beautiful!!!
    Very neat about the crab spiders.
    Lots of Salt Marsh cats down here too. I used to curse them when I would find them eating the vegetables and good plants. Then I saw them eating nightshade and other noxious weeds and changed my tune. Now I just move them. They are so cool between how fast they can move and the colors they can range.

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