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…

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….

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!

Wake up!

Wake up!

Sleep Daisy (Xanthisma texanum var drummondii) not awake yet. They woke up around 11:30am But some still are sleeping The morning dew highlights this Bowl and Doily Weaver or Cup N Saucer spider (Frontinella pyramitela) web. Only two species in North America and the other one is only in Arizona. The spider is about 4mm…

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…

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…

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…

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. …