A Short One

Yesterday I could not stay at home. Well I hadn’t been to the grasslands in week. I have been a homebody. However I needed a break from the report on Caddo. We had a 20% chance of rain, it was cloudy, and so I thought I could squeeze a short outing in. It started to sprinkle on me as I drove over to the grasslands. Hmmm.

Still sprinkling when I arrived. But I heard the far away thunder and saw the dark clouds heading for me. Though I still thought I had time to make it my target spot.
Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella) must have been breathtaking a week or so ago! And a Bindweed (Convolvulus equitans) snuck in too.
In this area there were a few really short American Basket-flower (Plectocephalus americanus)!

A Geometer cat was standing tall. I guess they think that was a better way to hide?
The Golden Dalea (Dalea aurea)! Yes, it was getting darker out.
Hiding in the hairs I found a very tiny cat!

Then I saw a large flying insect. I followed it and caught up with them. At the time I only knew it was a gangly katydid. With a little research later I decided it was the Stilt-walker Katydid (Arethaea grallator)!

Still more on my short Saturday morning trip tomorrow.

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Keep looking!

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