Abilene State Park

Abilene State Park

This is the last part of trip. And it was quite nice too! The park has about four or so miles of trails which are mostly in the shade. A great trip! These Butterflies Full of Wasps Full of Microwasps Are a Science Nightmare Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and…

Another overnight at Monahans

Another overnight at Monahans

Our visit was over. So it was time to head back east. Another overnight stay at Monahans Sandhills State Park. Primordial “Hyper-Eye” Discovered: Astonishing 390 Million-Year-Old Hyper-Compound Eye With 200 Lenses Tomorrow’s post … Abilene State Park! Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you…

In a shelter!

In a shelter!

Another beautiful day! Today on the afternoon walk, I found the tiniest specimen of a mushroom. No photos today, but I will get them to y’all in a day or so. Really cool!  Today’s photos are all from the grasslands. Woods Ear (Auricularia angiospermarum) is always a fun to see with its velvety texture!  Closeup…

Right where we left it in March

Right where we left it in March

More good stuff!  And lots of sunshine today. High temperature today was 80 degrees for us. We got a nice amount rain from yesterday’s storm…1.30″ Indian Blanket with a tiny beetle! Southern Purple Mint moth (Pyrausta laticlavia)! Snake Herb (Dyschoriste linearis) has an awesome throat! Texas Bindweed (Convolvulus equitans) has several colors from white to white…

Mystery plant confirmed!

Mystery plant confirmed!

 Back in March, Jeanne and I were checking out a spot on the grasslands to see what we could find. Well, we found a plant that had these hairs on the old stem that hurt to touch. Kathy saw my post and suggested it might be Marbleseed (Onosmodium bejariense) and also known as False Gromwell….

Benign weather pattern

Benign weather pattern

 Benign weather pattern is how NOAA called this weather we are having today and through Friday afternoon. Interesting way to put it I think. Well, since we have a benign weather pattern day today, it was perfect for visiting the grasslands. Which I did!  Today’s post will be short because…well I have a lot photos to…

A community

A community

 As I stepped out the back door to take Gracie on her walk, I stopped to look at a thistle next to the sidewalk. Thistle (Cirsium)! Mine are not blooming yet, but I have seen them blooming along the roadside. There was at the end of a leaf  something brown which I figured was a…

Thwarted!

Thwarted!

  I had big plans to work on photographing mosses, but as Jim and I  started to get up from the morning coffee, it all changed. Jim noticed a piece of wood with a hole in the end and then the moth in my jar (sitting on the shelf in the shop)! I have been…

Styrofoam peanuts!

Styrofoam peanuts!

Bewick’s wren nest with 4 eggs. After the size and color of the eggs, the twigs seal the deal for a Bewick’s. The Bold Jumping spider! Don’t the white spots look like eyes and a mouth. I think the “eyes” look like they have eyelashes. I saw this grass blade folded and wondered what did…

False Indigo!

False Indigo!

This is the second half of the Thursday’s outing.  American Lady! I was pleased I could get this close. Most of the butterflies lately have not been so cooperative.  Square-bud Primrose (Calylophus berlandieri) is the typical one we see in North Texas with the yellow center. Square-bud Primrose (Calylophus berlandieri ssp pinifolius) is the special…

A Shirley Tour

A Shirley Tour

Today’s route was one that I often took with Shirley. So I affectionally call it the Shirley Tour. There were five of us who all knew Shirley well. It was a great day! How could it not be, following Shirley’s path! First stop was the Garnett Preserve. This larva was the first critter of the…

Oak Leaftier Moth

Oak Leaftier Moth

This is the Oak Leaftier Moth (Acleris semipurpurana). It is rather small at less than 10mm. Judy found one in her yard; then I found one in my yard. LOL This is the Pale Metanema (Metanema inatomaria). It belongs in the Family Geometridae (Geometrid Moths). I finally looked up to see what makes it a geometer moth….