Beautiful day Sept 17th

Beautiful day Sept 17th

Don’t think I have ever notice a katydid (Orchelimum) of this color before.  Ornate Box Turtle eating a grasshopper. Yum! I always take a top shot to compare to old photos of mine to see if it has been here at my house before. I last saw this one on Sept 24, 2016. Can’t get enough…

Emerging mushroom

Emerging mushroom

It was a super fun day at the LBJ National Grasslands today. It was 3.5 miles and almost 6 hours of exploring. I’m pooped.  This will probably take me a couple of days to show you all the stuff that was found. It will probably take several posts.  So I will start with just a…

Fall soon   Sept 14

Fall soon Sept 14

Spiny-aster  (Chloracantha spinosa) is a plant that likes to be near water or in a drainage area. The plant is sorta scraggly and just starting to bloom here.  Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola) is an invasive but sure has a pretty seed head. The Poodle skirt mushroom (just what I call it…not an official common name)…

A slow day… Sept 13

A slow day… Sept 13

Update: So the insect that was burrowing in the sandstone has been identified by BugGuide to genus. They say there are 5 described species in the U.S and the only two in our area are the Smaller Sand Cricket (Ellipes minuta) and  Ellipes gurneyi. So maybe I can catch it and see which it is. Fingers crossed…  See post dated 9-11-2020…

Montague County drive about

Montague County drive about

 Had to get a drive-about before the rain…fingers crossed! Rough-winged swallows were our first stop along the side of the road.  We also had first of season American kestrels.  Other birds of the day were Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, doves, Loggerhead Shrikes, roadrunner, red-shouldered hawk, vultures, White-eyed vireo and one mad-at-us Carolina wren.  Then…

Tapioca Slime mold

Tapioca Slime mold

 This is photo I took back in June of this year. This relates to the previous post about the mushroom digesting. I updated that post about it digesting and NOT digesting itself as I had told y’all. Anyways, here is a slime mold….  tapioca slime mold (Brefeldia maxima) I have seen some slime mold that…

Mosquitos!

Mosquitos!

  The mosquitoes are back with a vengeance! At least this girl won’t be getting my blood. This handsome fella, Salt Marsh Moth (Estigmene acrea), showed up at my backdoor last night.. He had just emerged. You can tell because in the top photo you can see his wing has not fully pumped up. Females…

Fungus and flowers!

Fungus and flowers!

Another warm day. Counting down for the days to cooler weather. 🙂 Gracie stood in the water for a good 6-8 minutes. She wants the cooler weather too. Thiers’ Lepidella (Amanita thiersii)  Closeup. It was pretty white and the surface had a moist feel. A polypore, a Ganoderma species. Looks like a bowtie I thought. Underside…

Saturday and humid out.

Saturday and humid out.

 Well, I still must get outside. Gracie says so too. Gracie finds a way to cool off. Palafoxia (Palafoxia callosa) a hard to see plant that likes limestone type soils. Mine is in the my driveway. Pretty tiny flies were visiting. Don’t know what it’s is name. Underside But I made a cool spore print. …