Cream Wild Indigo

Cream Wild Indigo

More Beavers Bend State Park… This is Cream Wild Indigo (Baptisia bracteata). We took locations of the plants we found for a researcher friend of Claire’s that is looking for Frosted Elfin caterpillars.  For a moment, we thought oh boy! But it was not. The caterpillar is a yellow caterpillar, the size of a grain of…

Feet in the air!

Feet in the air!

The leaves on a thistle tied together with silk. It is the Painted Lady caterpillar! Thistles are its host plant. Frass of the Painted Lady caterpillar! Buprestid beetle on Prairie Verbena! Thin-lined Owlet (Isogona tenuis) is a common moth in our Post Oak woods. Baby Bluebirds growing fast! Found this pretty green cat on an…

Pollinating

Pollinating

This girl was into something with an orangey pollen! Really tiny on a Post Oak leaf. I believe it may be a type of Crambine Snout Moth (Subfamily Crambinae). This is the Green Soldier Fly (Hedriodiscus binotatus). Close up the wings. It is a beautiful critter! And it looks like it has been doing some pollinating…

Ladybugs

Ladybugs

 We got a total of .72 inches yesterday. I’m sure the plants are happy!  We had about 60-70 Pine Siskins outside the window while we ate dinner! It is the most I have seen this year. Eastern Tent caterpillar was covered in dew this morning! Pink Evening Primrose! The Forest Tent caterpillar! The Eastern Tent…

Rainbow

Rainbow

Yeah for the rain! So far .68 inches and some pea sized hail at 6pm. We could do without the hail, eh. Hagen’s Sphinx (Ceratomia hageni) has very good camouflage!  A close up of its hairs! Looks like a bristle brush doesn’t it. Its host plant is the Bois D’arc.  Remember the frozen spittlebug frothy…

Blackberry

Blackberry

 By the time many of you will read this, it will be Wednesday morning and hopefully the last frost. Today (Tuesday) the low was 45 and high was 58. I worn my heavy coat with that wind blowing today.  Engelmann’s Daisy (Engelmannia peristenia) is looking pretty across the road from our mailbox! Close up. It…

Rabbit ears!

Rabbit ears!

 It got down to 37 again this morning! High was a wonderful 75 degrees! I found what the green caterpillar from yesterday was…Figure-Eight Sallow (Psaphida resumens) caterpillar. Small Phigalia (Phigalia strigataria) has multiple shades from this brown to a yellow and white colors. Ladybug larva! Square-bud Primrose (Calylophus berlandireri) has started to bloom! There are…

37!

37!

 It was cold this morning. We got down to 37 degrees…brrr.  But maybe even colder the next couple of days. I wonder if it will be the last frost. My Mom used to say, it was needed for the blackberries to set.  Our Tharp’s Spiderwort is blooming nicely. The Buprestid beetles (Acmaeodera ornatoides) are enjoying it too….

Chilly today

Chilly today

 It is a tad chilly today, but tis nice to see the sun again. Our low this morning was 41 and the high was 61 degrees. Our four day total was 1.32 inches. I think the plants are happy!  Here are the last of the grasslands photos from the April 13th. This was a cool…

A couple of cats

A couple of cats

Here are some more of the grasslands finds! Interesting to see how the beavers gnawed on the tree and how the tree is healing. New Cedar Elm leaves are colorful! Back of a new Post Oak leaf. If you have a chance, take a close up look at the hairs on the back of the…

Celestials!

Celestials!

More photos from the grasslands… Eastern Red Cedar with fungus where a limb had been cut off.   Closer view. Gnarly oak! Can you find the dragonfly? Closer…sometimes even when you know where it is, they can be hard to spot.  It is a female Common Whitetail. Greenbriar is starting to flower. This is a…

Festive!

Festive!

White Compass Plant  or White Rosinweed (Silphium albiflorum) was nibbled to a stub. The cows or maybe the deer must like it. We found multiple of the plants eaten. I don’t know what caterpillar this is on the Chittamwood, but it will completely defoliate the new leaves. Don’t worry, the tree will quickly get new…