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Texas Amorpha (Amorpha roemeriana)

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hydaticus

Date

August 2021

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Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris)

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earthgrazer

Date

September 11, 2021 06:56 AM CDT

Description

Not the best photo - backlit through window...

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Juniper Tip Moth (Glyphidocera juniperella)

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gcwarbler

Date

August 31, 2021 11:13 PM CDT

Description

I've been working on separating these buffy brown Gelechiid-like species, not all of which are actually in the Gelechiidae. I hope to create a (long-overdue) overview of several Texas species which we all are frequently confusing.
Teaser: This species seems to be characterized as follows:
-- Wing shape, particularly the FW apex and outer margin, is more rounded than the abundant Kyoto Moth or the Inga's.
-- Dark brown speckling all over wings
-- Mainly just two dark spots on FW, one at 2/5, the other at 2/3 of the FW length. Sometimes the more basal spot as a faint twin.
-- No terminal line of dark dots or only a faint indication of them.

Another species of Glyphidocera, G. democratica apparently occurs in the Austin region rarely. It usually has a distinct blackish terminal area and fringe on the FW (but not always?) and the more basal of the two dark spots is usually bolder. I'm a little unsure of the present moth; it might actually be G. democratica--shall we put it to a democratic vote?

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gcwarbler

Date

August 14, 2021 11:38 PM CDT

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Sages (Genus Salvia)

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strawberryseed

Date

August 15, 2021 07:05 PM UTC

Description

Came up wild in yard several years ago. Probably from birds.

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gcwarbler

Date

August 9, 2021 11:49 PM CDT

Description

I'm holding this example back at genus level because the dorsal dark patches don't match those of the common P. knudsoni nor of a couple other species in the genus here. Might be undescribed or ???

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ericisley

Date

August 6, 2021 10:52 AM CDT

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What

Dimorphic Snout (Hypena bijugalis)

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mikef451

Date

August 3, 2021 06:10 AM CDT

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pedernaturalist

Date

July 2018

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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sambiology

Date

July 25, 2021 12:16 AM CDT

Description

What a great end to moth week -- we did some black-lighting at Acton Nature Center and spotted loads of cool bugs. :)

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Browntop Signalgrass (Urochloa fusca)

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beeblossomseeds

Date

July 25, 2021 07:28 PM CDT

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Roughstem Rosinweed (Silphium radula)

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rymcdaniel

Date

June 16, 2017 06:00 PM CDT

Description

Berry Springs Park. Common in shady primitive camp area of the park and occasional in other part.

Though locally known as Simpson's Rosinweed, plants in the park key to both S. radula and S. astericus using the key in the Flora of North America due to a widely variable number of ray florets (15-28). The key differentiates the two species based on the number of ray florets, with 12-20 being astericus and 20+ being radula. However, the species description for radula indicates that radula var. gracile can have 12-18 ray florets with the stipulation that the basal leaves are persistent at flowering time, which they were not in this case.

Other key points: Cauline leaves mostly opposite and sessile, though distally alternate. Abaxial faces of phyllaries minutely pubescent. Basal leaves not persisting at flowering time. Ray florets from 15-28, though typically a similar number at each clump of plants (ie 15-18, 25-28, etc).

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craighensley

Date

April 5, 2020 04:35 PM CDT

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Rusty-banded Adelphia Moth (Adelphia petrella)

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ecarpe

Date

May 15, 2021 09:34 PM CDT

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iosialectus

Date

April 5, 2021 04:25 PM CDT

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Pug Moths (Genus Eupithecia)

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gcwarbler

Date

March 15, 2021 10:26 PM CDT

Description

This individual definitely looks different from any of the regular four pug moths species I'm used to seeing (E. miserulata, bolterii, longidens, and zygadeniata). This might be E. jejunata, one of the least common ones I've identified here, or something entirely different. Note the reddish overtones on the long pointed FWs.

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gcwarbler

Date

March 23, 2021 09:44 PM CDT

Description

This individual was collected for specimen determination by genitalia and DNA.
CS21006

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Woolly Lipfern (Myriopteris tomentosa)

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alisonnorthup

Date

March 14, 2021 05:43 PM GMT

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Texas Geranium (Geranium texanum)

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beeblossomseeds

Date

March 14, 2021 07:32 PM CDT

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Metallic Sweat Bees (Subgenus Dialictus)

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dhend9

Date

March 10, 2021 03:53 PM CST

Description

About 3 mm long.

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Peck’s Pug (Eupithecia peckorum)

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jcochran706

Date

March 9, 2021 09:11 PM CST

Description

New House of Jack

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dhend9

Date

February 28, 2018 06:03 PM CST

Description

Not a clue as to what this insect is? It is about 3/4 " long. Feeding on Mexican Plum blossom.

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jeffmci9

Date

February 7, 2021 10:29 PM CST

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gcwarbler

Date

February 6, 2021 09:47 PM CST

Description

Uploading two different individuals of this species separately. These are so nondescript that I have only limited confidence in this ID.

http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=3272

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White Stripe-backed Moth (Arogalea cristifasciella)

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gcwarbler

Date

February 2, 2021 10:27 PM CST

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Natal Grass (Melinis repens)

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nazhinnikaeen

Date

September 24, 2020 01:16 PM CDT

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American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

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jordy42

Date

November 17, 2020 03:00 PM UTC

Description

Growing into the dry limestone riverbed.

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American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus)

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calebhelsel

Date

July 26, 2020 09:22 AM CDT

Description

It was strange to see a large number of these crawling around on a pile of leaves. I wondered if it was some sort of nest for this species

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Creosote Moth (Digrammia colorata)

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sawwhet

Date

December 11, 2020 10:33 PM CST

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Angleton Bluestem (Dichanthium aristatum)

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beeblossomseeds

Date

October 23, 2020 11:05 AM CDT

Description

Plants 3 - 5 feet tall. Pedicels without groove. Twelve plants observed and dug up.

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South Texas Woolly Croton (Croton heptalon)

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alisonnorthup

Date

November 8, 2020 03:43 PM CST

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Siam Weed (Chromolaena odorata)

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georgeafghan

Date

October 24, 2020 06:00 PM PDT

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bob777

Date

November 19, 2020 02:22 PM CST

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Texas Pricklypear (Opuntia lindheimeri)

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sambiology

Date

November 13, 2020 02:57 PM CST

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earthgrazer

Date

October 13, 2020 11:08 AM CDT

Description

Commons Ford Park

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Grapevine Looper Moths (Complex Eulithis diversilineata)

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jcochran706

Date

October 13, 2020 01:16 AM CDT

Description

New House of Jack

Will come back to this one.

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Texas Mimosa (Mimosa texana)

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beeblossomseeds

Date

September 19, 2020 05:38 PM CDT

Description

One prickle directly below petiole.

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ecarpe

Date

September 16, 2020 09:11 PM CDT

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Dotted Antaeotricha Moth (Antaeotricha humilis)

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lovebirder

Date

April 8, 2020 09:18 PM CDT

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Trapeze Moth (Marasmia trapezalis)

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krancmm

Date

September 9, 2020 12:56 AM CDT

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Rufous, Allen's, and Allied Hummingbirds (Genus Selasphorus)

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ecarpe

Date

September 3, 2020 05:51 PM CDT

Description

HY male Rufous/Allen's.

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greglasley

Date

August 30, 2020 05:46 AM CDT

Description

Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
30 August 2020

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gcwarbler

Date

August 12, 2020 09:07 PM CDT

Description

iNat has only a small handful of records of this species so I thought I'd upload a 2nd observation (from my 3rd night of mothing) from Vallecito Campground. FW 12 mm.
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=5065

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Wright's False Mallow (Malvastrum aurantiacum)

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anna-0

Date

August 18, 2020 03:49 PM CDT

Description

Yellow-flowered mallow, auriculate bracts underneath sepals (auriculate=ear-lobe like lobe, so the base of bracts are lobe shaped) , 6-10-rayed stellate hairs on stems/underside of leaves (need 10X lens to see), and reddish immature fruits.

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Wright's False Mallow (Malvastrum aurantiacum)

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mikef451

Date

August 8, 2017

Description

Flowering plant

Greater Lake Creek Trail @ AW Grimes
Round Rock, Tx
Williamson, Co
8/8/17

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ericisley

Date

August 16, 2020 09:19 AM CDT

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greglasley

Date

August 13, 2020 04:54 AM CDT

Description

Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
13 August 2020

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What

Low Rattlebox (Crotalaria pumila)

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austinrkelly

Date

August 2, 2020 06:03 PM CDT

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ericisley

Date

July 17, 2020 09:19 AM CDT

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cotinis

Date

May 7, 2016 07:06 PM EDT

Description

Big (!) ground beetle. Very active on the floor of deciduous woods--captured for photos. See series of images at http://bugguide.net/node/view/1248555/ for details on ID. I have found that species-level ID on these is difficult. I have found the characters used in the keys to be quite subtle, and I am not 100% sure on this one. Some of the characters used in the key would seem to require careful examination of a specimen with a low-power microscope. Also, there is sexual dimorphism in this genus.
Again, see the series posted at BugGuide for details and discussion. (Edit. All images included here on iNaturalist as well, though without specific captions.) Those wanting to see another reference for this genus should look at:
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/36999407
Edit. Additional images added for documentation 9 June 2020.
Looking at other images I have on file, this is likely a female, based on its short, robust mandibles. (Confirmation or correction always appreciated.)
Note, also, that this photo is the same one that came in for this species through EOL, currently the representative photo that shows on iNaturalist.

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nyssa_ogeche

Date

May 3, 2019 05:35 PM EDT

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greglasley

Date

July 6, 2020 06:39 AM CDT

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Atlantic Bluet (Enallagma doubledayi)

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beschwar

Date

June 25, 2020 08:45 AM CDT

Description

Bradfield Village Park, Buda, TX

A surprise find here today. This is a major range extension westward for the species.

Only one male seen and collected for Dr. John Abbott. The only other damselflies present were many Rambur's Forktails, a few Citrine Forktails, a few American Rubyspots, and a single Double-striped Bluet.

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greglasley

Date

June 18, 2020 07:40 AM CDT

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greglasley

Date

June 13, 2020 07:38 AM CDT

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Dicots (Class Magnoliopsida)

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jbecky

Date

May 8, 2020 05:15 PM CDT

Description

This erect multi-stemmed perennial (I think) with a reddish hue to the stems is growing on crumbled rock at the base of a limestone bluff. About 1.5 feet tall. Waiting for it to flower.

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Pale-lined Angle (Digrammia irrorata)

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gcwarbler

Date

March 26, 2020 10:31 PM CDT

Description

A first record for Salton Drive.

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gcwarbler

Date

April 6, 2018 08:18 PM CDT

Description

I suspect this is just a lightly marked I. defectaria but I'm uploading it sepearately just in case we figure out something different. Compare with a more darkly marked individual and a series of pale individuals:

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Pseudoscorpions (Order Pseudoscorpiones)

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alisonnorthup

Date

May 1, 2020 06:53 PM CDT

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Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata)

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ericisley

Date

April 25, 2020 09:46 AM CDT

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ecarpe

Date

April 28, 2020 09:38 PM CDT

Description

Possibly 2 different individuals here (sort by time, first 2 are one, second 2 may be same or different than 1st 2).

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Wafer Ash (Ptelea trifoliata var. mollis)

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kestrel78636

Date

April 2020

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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greglasley

Date

April 28, 2020 07:43 AM CDT

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Genus Inga

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gcwarbler

Date

April 26, 2020 09:54 PM CDT

Description

Very worn. You can see the row of subterminal dots well off of the outer FW margin.

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ecarpe

Date

April 22, 2020 09:30 PM CDT

Description

http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=9092

spot half-way along costa is dark and gets slightly lighter but is disconnected from main dark area that has a light golden border. Not in MPG for TX but clearly in expected range as per:

http://nearctica.com/moths/noctuid/acontia/ponometia/ponometia_huita.htm

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Wolfberry Loxostege Moth (Loxostege allectalis)

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greglasley

Date

April 23, 2020 07:59 AM CDT

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What

Hide Beetle (Omorgus suberosus)

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greglasley

Date

April 21, 2020 06:42 AM CDT

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Oblique-banded Leafroller Moth (Choristoneura rosaceana)

Date

April 19, 2020 10:11 PM CDT

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Mexican Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa mexicanorum)

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alisonnorthup

Date

April 19, 2020 03:55 PM CDT

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Omnivorous Platynota Moth (Platynota rostrana)

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 9, 2020 10:13 PM CDT

Description

male

At some point, I have to go back though my Platynota's and correct a lot of these. For a long time, I couldn't believe this type of moth was the same species as the much larger and different looking female. For instance,
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/42232311

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Drabas (Genus Draba)

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beeblossomseeds

Date

March 1, 2020 04:55 PM CST

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craighensley

Date

April 11, 2020 04:20 PM CDT

Description

Thought bee but now thinking perhaps wasp -- tiny -- this is on a pokeweed leaf -- the one "falling" backwards was resting when the second one flew at it and appeared to knock it backwards...help with id, please.

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Texas Geranium (Geranium texanum)

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hydaticus

Date

April 6, 2020 02:31 PM CDT

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hydaticus

Date

April 7, 2020 03:07 PM CDT

Description

Smaller and darker than C. laeviscula and thoracic spines more downward-pointing

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Common Baskettail (Epitheca cynosura)

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ericisley

Date

April 1, 2020 10:14 AM CDT

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What

Southern Ugly-nest Caterpillar Moth (Archips rileyana)

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weevilz4dayz

Date

May 3, 2018 02:29 PM CDT

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What

Grapevine Epimenis Moth (Psychomorpha epimenis)

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alisonnorthup

Date

March 15, 2020 12:40 PM CDT

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gcwarbler

Date

April 26, 2019 12:10 AM CDT

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cowgirl

Date

November 26, 2016 04:04 PM CST

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What

Dicots (Class Magnoliopsida)

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gcwarbler

Date

November 21, 2017 04:47 PM CST

Description

I didn't recognize this tall herbaceous plant and INat's computer vision is making wild guesses. It was up to 5 or 6 ft tall, with distant, large, opposite leaves (short-petioled, ovate, acuminate, shallowly serrate), with axillary clusters of pink (?) flowers.

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Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius oileus)

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swampster

Date

March 8, 2020 02:46 PM EDT

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What

Prairie Pinkroot (Spigelia hedyotidea)

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gcwarbler

Date

May 28, 2017 03:28 PM CDT

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Dark-banded Tallula (Tallula atrifascialis)

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greglasley

Date

May 21, 2018 09:37 PM CDT

Description

resembles Thin-winged Owlet, but I don't think that ID is correct.

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Western Ruellia (Ruellia occidentalis)

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

July 2017

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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American Lappet Moth (Phyllodesma americana)

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greglasley

Date

March 8, 2020 07:43 AM CDT

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What

Tamaulipan Clubtail (Gomphurus gonzalezi)

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ricknirschl

Date

February 27, 2020 04:40 PM EST

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Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)

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jcochran706

Date

February 25, 2020 01:13 PM CST

Description

Gray overscaling on forewing; two pale apical spots on hindwing.

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American Lappet Moth (Phyllodesma americana)

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ecarpe

Date

February 25, 2020 08:53 PM CST

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ecarpe

Date

February 9, 2020 08:41 PM CST

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Double-toothed Prominent Moth (Nerice bidentata)

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gcwarbler

Date

February 2, 2020 10:27 PM CST

Description

I'll have more February sightings from Salton Drive later, but I thought I'd get this one posted due to its unusual nature. This moth showed up on one of the warm early February evenings recently. This is only my third record of the species here and the first in a couple of years. Moreover, this is the earliest report of the species in Texas (two other late Feb. records). Austin is near the SW edge of the range of this species.

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Texas Snakeweed (Gutierrezia texana)

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pfau_tarleton

Date

October 26, 2019 12:21 PM CDT

Description

First two pics show two species for comparative purposes.

Specimen on right: Note V-shaped base of flower, less dense branching, longer/narrower petals compared to Amphiachris (left; https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34926032).

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gcwarbler

Date

August 15, 2019 12:02 AM CDT

Description

Moth activity picked up a little bit after a "cool front" on Aug. 14 which brought very spotty showers to the Austin area (nothing on Salton Drive) and dropped the high temps from 105F to 100F. Woo-hoo!

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Stiff-hair Sunflower (Helianthus hirsutus)

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gcwarbler

Date

August 3, 2019 03:21 PM CDT

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Little Nymph Underwing (Catocala micronympha)

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

June 15, 2015

Description

Just the latest occurrence of this small underwing at my porchlight. I'll upload some other images as I get to them in my collection. This is a May-June critter here.

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Texas Oak Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius ssp. autolycus)

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honeymushroom

Date

April 2019

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Unicorn Prominent (Schizura unicornis)

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greglasley

Date

April 7, 2019 07:05 AM CDT

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Goat Zale Moth (Zale edusina)

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ecarpe

Date

April 5, 2019 09:21 PM CDT

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Roundleaf Ragwort (Packera obovata)

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mbwhite

Date

March 19, 2019 12:56 PM CDT

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Small Heterocampa Moth (Heterocampa subrotata)

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

September 9, 2017

Description

I've been puzzling over this individual for a couple of years. I'm still not 100% confident.