Definitely June

How quickly the months come. And so it was another First Wednesday outing today! What a wet start to the first half of the year here in North Texas as it was for many of you. And when June comes the weather is heating up. Well we could use a stretch of dry weather.

The first flower we saw next to our parked cars, White Prickly Poppy (Argemone albiflora)! The delicate petals remind me of crepe paper.
Bees were loading up!
A Lizard Beetle (Languriini – tentative ID) are herbivorous. They seemed to be taking only the top layer. since the yellow sap was not oozing.

More bees! Most were not pausing long.
Below the flowers…a grasshopper? No, a katydid nymph! The long antenna gave them away. 🙂

Such a beautiful creature! Some folks called the katydids, bush crickets. They belong in the Tettigoniidae family.
American Basket-flower (Plectocephalus americanus) were next to the Prickly Poppies!

Ahhh, this was going to be great morning! And we had not even moved away from the parked cars. LOL.

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  1. Those were such large plants too – so much activity inside them.
    Interesting article about that fern and implications of having such a large genome.

  2. Been seeing a lot of these Short-winged Katydids lately. Looking for an ID on iNat between Chestnut and Common. I think mine are Common. One hung out on the window screen all day never moving.

    1. I read that a lot of the kattydids are actually nocturnal. I waffled on my ID’s and then just got tire and hungry. So I will look another day. 🤪

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