Pedal to the Metal

Pedal to the Metal

Our next stop was at Rhodes Lake. It also is a popular lake for duck hunters. The lake has many kinds of creatures in addition to water birds. For example, we heard the rattle call of the Belted Kingfisher across the lake. Hmmm, I hope I didn’t scare the frass out of it. Pedal to…

Lazy

Lazy

What a gorgeous fall day, eh! Were you lazy? Or did you get outside to enjoy it? Fundamentally Altering Previous Thinking – Two Bee Species Have Become One New coral reefs and seamounts discovered in the Galápagos Surprise Discovery Reveals a Whole New Source of Evaporation Caring stink bugs and tangled octopuses: European Wildlife Photographer…

This Stinks Too!

This Stinks Too!

The species, Verbesina encelioides, stunk according to Shirley. While I can smell it, I certainly don’t think it smells that bad. In fact, my olfactory instrument say the Mexican Plums are really what smell bad. LOL. So the Verbesina encelioides goes by several common names including Cowpen Daisy, Golden Crownbeard, Butter Daisy to name a…

Spotted

Spotted

So what did you spot today? Here’s what I found. 🙂 It was a very energetic little thing! Late last night I ID’ed as a Sunflower moth (Homoeosoma electellum)! And appropriately it was on a sunflower. Historic dam removal poses challenge of restoring both river and landscape The Glowing Secret That Mammals Have Been Hiding…

What’s new today…

What’s new today…

A few of my favorite things at home today. Definitely always fun to watch the locomotion of a caterpillar’s walk! Here the Hackberry Emperor most likely was hunting for a place to pupate. It was on an Post Oak. Hope y’all saw some good nature today as well! 🙂 Bright white lights are a buzzkill…

More from Shirley Day

More from Shirley Day

Did I mention what a fun day we had on Shirley Lusk Day? Let me just restate, it was great! Indeed what a great day to honor Shirley! And of course many thanks to the Thomsen Foundation! Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you…

Shirley Day

Shirley Day

Oh boy, did you miss a fantastically beautiful day at the Thomsen Foundation today! In fact, it was cool enough that I even put on a light jacket in the morning! So many caterpillars and fun stuff. More on the Shirley Day tomorrow! I know you are already sorry you couldn’t join us, eh! Keep…

Hiding in plain sight

Hiding in plain sight

Animals are the masters of hiding in plain sight. When someone points at a bright bird like a cardinal and you still can’t see it? Happens all the time to me. How did you do at spotting all the critters? Listen to one of the largest trees in the world Butterflies originated in North America…

A Gentle Squeeze

A Gentle Squeeze

It is always fun to observe new things in nature. And hardly a day goes by that I don’t see something I have not seen or known about. So wonderful! At first I didn’t think the younger instars had developed the osmeterium. I had always just petted their heads of the older larvae for the…

A Close Encounter

A Close Encounter

After the sun sets a whole another crew comes out. So I got out my trusty UV torch in search of the glowing creatures! This cutie was hanging from a silk on a Post Oak. Also now a member at the Curry Foster Home. What can I say, I am a larvae hoarder. LOL So…

Lots of cats

Lots of cats

On our adventure to the bottomlands on the LBJ NG, we certainly found a lot of cats. Furthermore, did you know a group of caterpillars is called an army? I didn’t. LOL Also while searching for the term I found a group of cats (the feline kind) is called a clowder or a glaring. And…

The Hackberry

The Hackberry

The humble Hackberry tree (Celtis) is often called a trash tree. In fact, this is so undeserved. True it is not good for lumber, but wow does it have other great qualities. The Hackberry can live 100-150 years, a great shade tree, and also tolerate air and soil pollutants. Moreover the wildlife love it! These…