Four fer

Four fer

 It was a driving tour day! The goal was to see more Trout Lilies. And see them we did! We went to four locations that I know of in Cooke County. We saw the Elbow Bush (Forestiera pubescens) or as Shirley liked to refer to it as Spring Herald. It was located in Denton County. Ours…

Absolutely purty weather!

Absolutely purty weather!

 Ah, the temperature was so nice this afternoon. No breeze and 62 degrees, I could not have asked for better. Today’s mission on the grasslands was to check if the Trout Lilies (Erythronium mesochoreum) were blooming. The first critter was this Dainty Sulphur. A delightful find! I have not seen the usual numbers this winter….

Patchy frost

Patchy frost

 We had some patchy frost this morning. Our recorded low was 31.6 degrees. First frost of the season! When it warmed up, the bugs came out. This is a Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa). White Checkered-skipper (Pyrqus genus)  Zabulon Skipper (Poanes zabulon) on the Fall Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides). I believe this little red spider might be in …

Where’s the lizard?

Where’s the lizard?

This Texas Spiny Lizard decided it was warm enough this afternoon to be out and about. Closeup Five-banded Thynnid wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum) on the Fall Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides) Cardinal feather weirdly stuck on the tree in this upright position.   Mint-loving Pyrausta  (Pyrausta acrionalis) Found this little guy (1cm or 3/8in.) hiding by my backdoor…

A lot of frass

A lot of frass

 I know there is a lot of frass in the national news these days, but this frass (frass is insect poop) I have been waiting for this fall.   This is under two of our Bois D’arc trees (Maclura pomifera). The fatter one is a sphinx caterpillar’s frass. The host plant for the Hagen’s Sphinx (Ceratomia…

Back and forth

Back and forth

Every day, twice a day, the local Canada Geese fly by first one way, then back. The flock has grown from just two in the spring to about 35 now.  Eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii) Meshweb weaver spider and insect prey A hundred is my guesstimate of the millipedes on my backporch. Closeup Corn Earworm  (Helicoverpa zea)…

On the top

On the top

Yesterday, after we climbed out of the creek bed, we walked along the top of the mesa in the prairie. So the following are a few things that capture my eye on the top of the mesa. Gayfeather (Liatris mucronata) with a Meshweb weaver  (Dictynidae) web under the blooms. Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Gayfeather.   We…

Congratulations to Jeff Quayle!

Congratulations to Jeff Quayle!

Every year the Native Plant Society of Texas recognizes organizations and individuals. The Shirley Lusk Memorial, honors a citizen scientist for collecting and preserving Texas native plants for public education by providing outstanding contribution of herbarium voucher specimens. Jeff Quayle is recognized this year for his collection of over 1000 herbarium specimens stored at the…

Clouds and Xerociris wilsonii

Clouds and Xerociris wilsonii

 The morning started off with some cool clouds. Just love the patterns.  Ailanthus Webworm Moth (Atteva aurea) Five-banded Thynnid Wasp (Myzinum quinquecinctum) This is a Wilson’s wood-nymph moth (Xerociris wilsonii) caterpillar. It is the 30th record in the US and a new record for Wise County. Last year, Jeanne found one on her place in Montague…

Fog

Fog

Visibility was 1/8 mile this morning. Great morning to see the meshweb weavers (Dictynidae) webs. They make a plain framework of an irregular mess over foliage, flowers, and dead stalks of plants. This ant hill made me think a rock formation in the Southwest. They had a side entrance so not many of the ants…

Chocolate Tube Slime

Chocolate Tube Slime

Harvestman(Eumesosoma roeweri) Notice the red mites on its several of its legs. Mites do this to get a lift to a new place. I had read about this sometime ago so I was so excited to see this! The difference between true spiders (Araneae – order) and Harvestmans (Opiliones – order) are that Harvestmans have…