Leave me alone!

Leave me alone!

I wondered if this Bull Snake (Pituophis catenifer) had recently shed its skin. It looked bright. Some say the Bull Snake is called a Bull Snake because of the ridge between the eyes. This maybe the best look I have had of that feature. Turn the sound up. It had finally had enough of me….

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…

Misty

Misty

 Not getting much rain here, mostly just light to heavy mist. Misty on the prairie The above two photos are of Western Horse Nettle (Solanum dimidiatum), but I wonder why the water droplets did not stick at least to the wrinkly ones? Eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii) Funnel spider web The mist did not stop the water striders…

Frostweed!

Frostweed!

  Stink bug (Pentatomidae) Painted Lady or American Lady, it was really beat up. Monarch Monarch Honey Bee Dark Flower Scarab (Euphoria sepulcralis) All the above on the Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) Keep looking!

Hazy day

Hazy day

Hazy day again. Glad the temp is pleasant. This is a Flesh Fly (Sarcophagidae) on blackberry (Rubus oklahomas) leaves.  Larvae: many species are necrophagous, but some feed in mammalian tissues or parasitize other arthropods (bees, cicadas, termites, grasshoppers/locusts, millipedes), earthworms, or snails. Adults feed on various sugar-containing materials such as nectar, sap, fruit juices and…

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…

Part II of LBJ grasslands…critters

Part II of LBJ grasslands…critters

 Part II is about all the other stuff that was found on Tuesday, Sept 15th.     Millipedes  Diplopoda (class) have two legs per segment True Bug (Heteroptera- suborder) Don’t you love those eyes! Underside Just found out from BugGuide what this is…Big-Eyed Toad Bug (Gelastocoris oculatus) What a good name! Texas skeleton (Lygodesmia texana) plant…

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…

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…

Ferns under the scope

Ferns under the scope

I spent most of my day looking at spores under the scope. I did not know what I was going to see or what I was looking at half the time. Thank goodness for Google! Purple cliff-brake spores (Pellaea atropurpurea) are the roundish things to the right side of the photo. This is at 400x. …