Armadillo and chicken

Armadillo and chicken

What does an armadillo and a chicken have in common? In the same way, they both needed to get to the other side of the road LOL. See what just goofing around leads to: The Biophysicist Transforming Asparagus Into Medical Implants Keep looking!

New plant for me

New plant for me

Still in the drainage to the pond, we continue on with the July 20th outing. We discover more fungi, insects, and a new plant for me. Butterflies Cross the Vast Sahara Desert in Longest-Known Insect Migration This Sponge Fossil May Be the Earliest Record of Animal Life Keep looking!

American Groundnut

American Groundnut

The American Groundnut (Apios americana) is a plant in the legume family. I knew that it was on the grasslands, but had not run across it before. Previously, I had only seen it in Cooke County thanks to Shirley. The 20th outing however was to be my day. In tomorrow’s post, I will take you…

Pipevine!

Pipevine!

The July 16th outing saga continues! As we started to climb in elevation, we happened upon the Woolly Dutchman’s Pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa)! Of course, the elevation climb is really not that much. But this area did not have standing water as it was on a slight slope above the bottomlands. Keep looking!

Before dawn…

Before dawn…

I left the house before dawn, but I did not start the exploring until the sun had been up for a half hour. It was pretty nice at the grasslands this morning. A breeze would have been welcome. But none was too be had ’til we got a slight breeze on the way back to…

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!

So the visit to the grasslands on Thursday was great as usual. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a breeze, but since we go really early it is not too bad. It started out on the roadside to hunt for a plant. I didn’t find it, but maybe it…

Mint-loving Pyrausta

Mint-loving Pyrausta

I was going to make this post about my visit to the grasslands yesterday, but changed my mind this afternoon when I found this visitor on my backdoor. (I am easily distracted.)The Mint-loving Pyrausta (Pyrausta acrionalis) sat there for sometime. There are 61 species of the genus Pyrausta in America north of Mexico. Their larva…

Gaura mollis

Gaura mollis

The Lizardtail is such a nice plant. It has a wet-like feel to it. It is one of the host plants for a White Lined Sphinx moth. I have not seen one on it this year, but I’m still watching for them. The plant can get six feet or so tall. With all the rain…

Milkweed

Milkweed

This morning I checked in on Carol Clark’s blog and found that she an excellent explanation of the differences in Green Milkweed and Antelope Horns Milkweed. So check out her post on “Green Milkweed and Antelope Horns Milkweed, Let’s sort those out!“! She has done some other great posts you might want to look over…

Cool Beetle

Cool Beetle

A few years ago while out surveying on the grasslands, I came across this cool beetle. I thought it was a moth, but Suzanne who was with me, knew that it was a beetle. It does not look like the typical beetle. There are always new things to learn! Articles: The Alchemists Had It Right?…

A few beetles

A few beetles

We had company today! My nephews were here and we had a grand time. We looked at bugs, fossils (Devil’s Toenails), and snake vertebras. Of course they took some home. Well, not the bugs. Keep looking!