Another Bob Day

Tuesday had been another quail (bobwhite) survey morning. We didn’t hear one. πŸ™ Fingers crossed for the next survey day.

The moon was still up when we arrived at the first stop.

Sometimes while we listening I bend down to see what at my feet like this Ruellia and crab spider!

The morning’s survey was a bust for the bobwhites. Maybe next time. πŸ™‚ After the survey we headed to another location to do a bit of exploring. Grass burs were in the path. And a beautiful Stink Bug nymph clung to it.
The Roundleaf Scurf-pea or Brown-Flowered Psoralea (Pediomelum rhombifolium) was well concealed among the grasses and forbs on the sandy path.
Well hidden in the foliage was a Common Tree Cricket (Oecanthus).
Always hoping to find critters on the Bull Nettle (Cnidoscolus texanus), I found a spider! However this was as close as I dared. Definitely caution is required with the Bull Nettle!

A small leaf beetle that is sometimes called a Camphorweed Chrysomelid (Zygogramma heterothecae) was nestled on a Camphorweed (Heterotheca).

My finger for scale!

Then on the same plant an even smaller bug, the tentatively ID’d Delphacid Planthopper (Delphacidae). They might have been 1.5mm at most.

And then we reached the creek. What to do? You will have to wait until tomorrow to find out. LOL.

These Cute, Fuzzy Bumblebees Are Precision-Engineered Pollinators

Dazzling photos capture the unreal beauty of insects

Keep looking!

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


  1. Great finds! Especially love the stripey beetle! Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get some on my Heterotheca. They really reseeded well from last year.

  2. Isnt this a beautiful planet we inhabit? The pics of insects along with your great photos proves it. I think i just expect exceptional photos from you. Thank you

  3. That Chrysomelid beetle is so pretty! And I don’t know that Pediomelum. I’d like to see it sometime.

    1. Keep your eyes out for it in sandy soils and a lot of times in the more shady spots. And that (the shade) is a good spot to be in right now. πŸ˜‰

  4. I have only seen that Brown Psoralea twice, once on our place. But has disappeared long ago. Thanks for the pic of it!

  5. Yes it is a beautiful planet – sometimes we should slow down & looka bit closer to really appreciate all the wonders. Maybe then folks would take better care of all hat hidden beauty.

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