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Threadwing Antlion Necrophylus arenarius

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faluke

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November 11, 2016 12:51 AM CET

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Threadwing Antlion Necrophylus arenarius

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faluke

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July 31, 2021 10:10 AM CEST

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Cassidy's Poison Dart Frog Andinobates cassidyhornae

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lumaz

Date

June 2011

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Private

Description

Unkown species

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Texas Horned Lizard Phrynosoma cornutum

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oddfitz

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July 20, 2021 07:56 PM CDT

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kimberlietx

Date

October 4, 2020 02:25 PM CDT

Description

I had identified this bramble colony as R. bifrons (first time seen in DFW) from photos after I found R. pascuus for the first time in the metroplex too. I couldn't wait to go see it for myself and tick off all 5 TX species on my life list!

Picture descriptions and general notes:
1 - White abaxial leaf surfaces (general pic for ID)
STEMS
2 - Primocane #1
3 - Primocane #1 close up; nearly erect prickles with broad bases, pubescent
4 - Primocane #2; retrorse prickles
5 - Cross section of primocane #1 showing pentagonal shape
6 - Floricane #1; retrorse prickles with broad bases, pubescent
7 - Floricane #1 close up
8 - Older floricanes (#2) bicolored; red on top, green on bottom
9 - Floricane #2; features consistent with floricane #1
10/11 - Floricane #2 prickles 5mm wide and 6mm long
12/13 - Primocane prickles 4mm wide and 6mm long
14 - Stems growing densely underneath leaf canopy
LEAVES
15 - Dense leafy growth
16 - Terminal leaflet; shape: oval, base: rounded, margins: serrate, apex: caudate to attenuate; surface: not lustrous
17 - Abaxial leaf surface; petioles, petiolules, and primary veins armed; secondary veins and blade unarmed
18 - Petiole
19 - Terminal petiolule
20 - Primary and secondary veins
21 - Abaxial leaf blade white tomentose
22 - Stipules very long and narrow; Axillary bud present
23 - New leaves appear more corrugated and shinier than older leaves which are duller, less corrugated, and wider
24 - Several leaves with misshapen leaflets, or even a single oversized leaflet
GROWTH/HABIT
25 - New growth creeps along the edges, could be mistaken for vining/low habit
26 - 5 Leaflets on creeping floricanes more consistent than shrubby sections
27 - General growth habitat; between the bank of a creek and a concrete pathway; Full sun; This particular section was typically 4 ft high
28 - R. bifrons growing closest to path, with Cornus drummondii closest to the creek bank; Other nearby vegetation includes Celtis laevigata, Maclura pomifera, Salix nigra, Bothriochloa ischaemum var. songarica, Paspalum dilatatum, Calyptocarpus vialis
29 - Trying to estimate plant height using an isosceles right triangle based on the 6 foot wide path. Plants average 4-6 feet (12-18 dm)
30 - This particular colony of R. bifrons measured 166m along the edge
31 - Even when soil was scarce, the creeping canes would still spread thickly over the rocky ground.
32 - Soil along creek was clay over limestone
33 - USGS map indicates soil content: Thick clay units and thin limestone units alternating clay, marl, and limestone

Additional observations:

-- My first impression was this is the thickest growth, both in floricanes and leaf coverage, of any of the upright species. In heavy shade (under trees) the growth was not as thick or as tall. Probably the biggest colony of Rubus I've seen.
-- Several leaves had misshapen lateral leaflets, or a single leaflet, (1-)3-5 leaflets overall.

-- No prior season inflorescences seen at all. Nothing remaining on the stems or on the ground. (R. pascuus still has inflorescences attached at this time.)

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Field Bindweed Convolvulus arvensis

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cjh4232

Date

June 2021

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Flag-tailed Spinyleg Dromogomphus spoliatus

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jwn

Date

June 21, 2018 12:46 PM CDT

Description

@greglasley @briangooding Perhaps you could help me ID the partially obscured dragon in this predation shot.

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Longnose Gar Lepisosteus osseus

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kathrynwells333

Date

May 3, 2021 11:07 AM CDT

Description

2021 City Nature Challenge: DFW

One of countless individuals.

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Emerald Ash Borer Agrilus planipennis

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schylerbrown

Date

May 2, 2021 02:06 PM CDT

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jgw_atx

Date

May 2, 2021 11:19 AM CDT

Description

I have no idea what this is - never seen one of these before. It looks like a mantis(?) - it has raptorial forelegs. But otherwise shaped like a hymenopteran. It is small, 10mm or less. Gonna scratch my head about it for awhile.

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Virginia Spiderwort Tradescantia virginiana

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beckymn

Date

April 27, 2021 01:38 PM CDT

Description

Thanks, sambiology

It's not Ohio piderwort.

It may be Tharp's or hairy--or Virginia???

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greglasley

Date

September 3, 2020 11:45 AM CDT

Description

My wife took this cell phone image of a female Efferia in our yard today. Likely not identifiable past genus level.

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antonjo

Date

April 8, 2021 11:42 AM SAST

Description

Very small, cca 1mm, under the stone

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Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

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wildcarrot

Date

January 31, 2021 11:54 AM CST

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judygva

Date

August 19, 2019 09:49 AM EDT

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Human Homo sapiens

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greglasley

Date

November 11, 2015

Description

Texas iNat gathering in Dripping Springs on November 11, 2015.
Kneeling from left: @mchlfx (checkered shirt), @robberfly, @maractwin (blue shirt), @mksexton, @sambiology, @kueda (red bandana);
standing L to R: Bob (husband of taogirl) and Tuffy the dog, @greglasley, @lotus (sunglasses), @mikaelb, @blubayou (red blouse), @gpstewart (red shirt), @taogirl, @annikaml (sunglasses), @gcwarbler, @connlindajo, @brentano, @billdodd, Wilson (wife of cullen), @cullen, @cgritz, Aaron (husband of cgritz). Photo by Cheryl (wife of greglasley)

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Long-tailed Giant Ichneumonid Wasp Megarhyssa macrurus

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cholmesphoto

Date

June 9, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

Description

A female Giant Ichneumon wasp (Megarhyssa macrurus) oviposits into the side of a tree.

I was honored to have this observation selected as observation of the day for June 11, 2020, and again as observation of the week (week of June 21, 2020). It is covered in this blog post: A Trip to Texas Provides a Long Sought Photographic Opportunity - Observation of the Week, 6/21/20.

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Brilliant Sunspur Aetole tripunctella

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haleydaniels

Date

December 9, 2020 04:22 PM CST

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rainforest

Date

February 19, 2018

Description

Please Help ID this Treehopper and Ant.

Ant drink the honeydew of a treehopper.

Watch the Video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5mGI5Ct_34

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Carolina Mantis Stagmomantis carolina

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sambiology

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October 4, 2020 08:34 AM CDT

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Human Homo sapiens

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annikaml

Date

November 12, 2015 10:52 AM CST

Description

iNaturalists in action on a beautiful ranch in Texas.

@sambiology @greglasley @brentano @maractwin @mchlfx @robberfly

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Rockweed Isopod Pentidotea wosnesenskii

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davidbadke

Date

September 10, 2020 10:07 AM PDT

Description

Clung to the beak of a Whimbrel that was foraging in the seaweed, the bird could not dislodge it, after a couple of minutes the isopod dropped off. The Whimbrel continued to feed with the isopod on board.

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Two-striped Forceptail Aphylla williamsoni

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brentano

Date

September 6, 2020 11:35 AM CDT

Description

I really had no idea what this was in field. And no thought to ever seeing one of these. Sure hope the id holds.

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Dotted Knotweed Persicaria punctata

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charley

Date

September 6, 2020 12:09 PM CDT

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easmeds

Date

July 2020

Description

Okanagana arctostaphylae was first described in 1915 and has not been collected since. These are the first photos ever taken of it in its natural habitat, and the second photos ever of a live individual.

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lcollingsparker

Date

July 21, 2020 05:54 PM PDT

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Striped Hawksbeard Crepis zacintha

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sehnature

Date

April 26, 2020 02:15 PM CDT
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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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stuartspigel

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March 28, 2020 11:14 AM UTC

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galactic_bug_man

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March 9, 2020 02:41 PM CDT

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

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oddfitz

Date

March 2, 2020 02:58 PM CST

Description

Had spotted a white bundle of fur in a tree and after a time spent studying determined it was a Raccoon with either Albinism or Leucism. It shifted a few times over a couple of hours and finally when I had nearly given up, it briefly opened it's eyes. Which confirmed this as an Albino, as Leucism does not impact eye pigment.

@sambiology @mchlfx @wildcarrot I went looking for @jblinde Siren's but got distracted obviously. Has anyone mentioned seeing this animal at LLELA?

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Inland Wood Oats Chasmanthium latifolium

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gpilarski

Date

February 22, 2020 11:18 AM UTC

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budak

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March 4, 2017 09:20 PM +08

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budak

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March 4, 2017 07:41 AM +08

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Gaudy Sphinx Eumorpha labruscae

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matteocassella

Date

August 6, 2016 01:39 PM HST

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Ant-mimicking Treehopper Cyphonia clavata

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gernotkunz

Date

June 26, 2008 11:23 AM CEST

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

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bridgetspencer

Date

August 19, 2019 09:23 AM PDT

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Western Paper Wasp Mischocyttarus flavitarsis

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rose21

Date

June 16, 2019 12:01 PM PDT

Description

She is building a nest from the foam pad on a swingset.

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Feral Pigeon Columba livia var. domestica

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susanhewitt

Date

January 22, 2019 03:20 PM EST
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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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pynklynx

Date

November 8, 2019 03:45 PM CST

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Basidiomycete Fungi Phylum Basidiomycota

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pynklynx

Date

November 8, 2019 03:53 PM CST

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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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Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

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mduross

Date

October 12, 2019 11:36 AM CDT

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Albany Pitcher Plant Cephalotus follicularis

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joeysantore

Date

October 2019

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dhfischer

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July 6, 2019 10:47 AM HST

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Purple Cushion Wild Buckwheat Eriogonum ovalifolium var. purpureum

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joeysantore

Date

September 22, 2019 05:18 PM PDT

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tiwane

Date

August 24, 2019

Description

A ranger for the park showed me this stunner.

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Rough Cocklebur Xanthium strumarium

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nathantaylor

Date

August 13, 2019 06:47 PM CDT

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Cottonwood Borer Plectrodera scalator

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catenatus

Date

July 1, 2018 04:13 PM CDT

Description

Maybe this tattoo worked like a pheromone trap... :)

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Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus

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jemredwood

Date

March 13, 2012 01:40 PM EDT

Description

on the right

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Red Flat Bark Beetle Cucujus clavipes

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treegrow

Date

April 6, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

Description

Cucujus clavipes. Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA.

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Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle Labidomera clivicollis

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nanofishology

Date

June 8, 2019 10:23 AM CDT

Description

Landed on my pants, and I had to get him onto my finger and wiggle around before he would leave

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Slimpod Venus' Looking Glass Triodanis leptocarpa

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alan_rockefeller

Date

May 1, 2019 12:57 PM PDT

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kimberlietx

Date

April 24, 2019 09:56 AM CDT

Description

Emerged from grapevine leaves collected on 4/21/19. Found 7 and moved them to a container with some dirt and leaves to see if they will eclose. Last 2 photos show the larva is able to move 2mm with each pull.

4/21/19 Galls: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22851697

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corynorris

Date

April 22, 2019 01:18 PM CDT

Description

Some kind of orb weaver. Skull back

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F-winged Barklouse Graphopsocus cruciatus

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clhawn

Date

March 14, 2019 04:39 PM EDT

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Chinese Peacock Swallowtail Papilio bianor

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gcwarbler

Date

July 1, 1969

Description

I'm going back to some of my earliest wildlife images. These are scans from old prints and slides.

This swallowtail was photographed at a park outside of Taipei, Taiwan in about July of 1969 (annotated as "Summer 1969" on back of original). Identified from this reference:

Shirozu, Takashi. 1960. Butterflies of Formosa in Colour. Hoikusha, Osaka, Japan.

The several pink lunules on the hindwing suggest that this is a female (op. cit., pl. 16, p. 51). In that work, the Taiwan population of this east Asian swallowtail is termed Papilio bianor kotoensis. The following website suggests that ssp is "often treated as a full species".
http://www.swallowtails.net/P_bianor.htm

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Carolina Anemone Anemone caroliniana

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kimberlietx

Date

February 20, 2019 12:47 PM CST

Description

New location. Medlin Cemetery

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North American River Otter Lontra canadensis

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tfandre

Date

February 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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briangooding

Date

July 28, 2018 09:33 AM CDT

Description

Two sets of what I believe are eggs. I think the top are hemipterans but unsure of what the bottom group are.

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Legumes Family Fabaceae

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sehnature

Date

November 27, 2018 11:53 AM CST

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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charley

Date

November 26, 2018 08:50 AM CST

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briangooding

Date

April 7, 2018 12:52 PM CDT

Description

Dipteran parasite on male Argia fumipennis

Observation of damselfly here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10797332

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Ribbonwood Fungus Weevil Hoherius meinertzhageni

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pohanginapete

Date

November 2018

Description

This male was one of several dozen individuals on one of the main stems of a dying lacebark. I counted nine male/female pairs, some with a third individual (sometimes a noticeably smaller female, sometimes a male) which was usually chased off by the male of the pair. I got enough video to be able to confirm that the females appeared to be ovipositing. In addition, there were an indeterminate number of lone individuals roaming the trunk.

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Ribbonwood Fungus Weevil Hoherius meinertzhageni

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pohanginapete

Date

October 2018

Description

Two males apparently contesting access to a female. Although not apparent from the photo, the male on the right was noticeably smaller than the other male. They briefly pressed their heads together ('face-to-face') as if pushing each other before the smaller male backed away and, shortly after, scuttled away. The larger male then appeared to copulate briefly with the female and remained with her.

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Pricklypear Borers Genus Melitara

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nanofishology

Date

October 27, 2018 08:58 PM CDT

Description

This moth stumped me, @sambiology, and a crowd of other Texas Master Naturalists

@gcwarbler @jeffmci9 Any ideas?

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kimberlietx

Date

October 14, 2018 11:32 AM CDT

Description

On Oct 2nd I was sweep netting at Overton Ridge Park and captured this caterpillar:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17427773

When I got home, I realized from the photos that it was parasitized, so I googled it and came up with an ID. Here's that observation:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17427771

TODAY I was out hunting mushrooms and came across this same caterpillar species with pupae of the same parasitoid! What are the chances this is the SAME CATERPILLAR 12 days later???

BG photos comparing wasp pupae: https://bugguide.net/node/view/995992/bgimage

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Ebony Jewelwing Calopteryx maculata

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briangooding

Date

August 21, 2018 10:42 AM CDT

Description

Male Calopteryx maculata

A stunning male with blue iridescence held what, to my eyes, was the most desirable territory in the small creek.

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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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joninature

Date

September 28, 2018 10:53 AM CDT

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Boletes and Allies Order Boletales

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gage3

Date

September 15, 2018 05:44 PM CDT

Description

Unknown dense, sponge-like mushroom in North Central Texas

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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connlindajo

Date

September 12, 2018 06:56 PM CDT

Description

Voracious spider captured hummingbird in web at sugar feeder. I did not think about location of web, other than it was uncomfortable to avoid when going through garden gate, when I rehung the feeder. A few hours later, she had trapped and beheaded and wrapped the hummingbird.

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Flies Order Diptera

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lce783

Date

September 11, 2018 01:02 PM CDT

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joecole343

Date

September 3, 2018 12:24 PM CDT

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berndtherat

Date

August 28, 2018 03:10 PM CEST

Description

Foto 1: The observed insect.
Foto 2: A tongue.
Foto 3: The frog who ate my observation.

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Graybark Grape Vitis cinerea

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sambiology

Date

July 28, 2018 07:31 AM CDT

Description

What a great time I had with fellow naturalists at Palo Pinto Mountains State Park (it is still closed to the public, so we had special permission to access the property). It was mighty dry, and the plants were pretty crispy, but we still spotted lots of cool things. It makes me tremendously happy to hang out with this community. :)

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Emerald Ash Borer Agrilus planipennis

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sammyjames

Date

March 2017

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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sheliahargis

Date

October 21, 2017 10:55 AM CDT

Description

Not sure what is going on but this is the fourth birder that I know of who has had a phoebe perch on their binoculars or on their person at Commons Ford.

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Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

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greglasley

Date

June 20, 1975

Description

Came across a 43 year old slide that I had not posted before, so I scanned it for iNat. On June 20, 1975 (date written on original slide) I saw this male Painted Bunting in my back yard in south Austin. I recognized it from a cover illustration on the Robbins field guide I had at that time. It was my first Painted Bunting. It was this experience that drove me to go to a local Audubon meeting where I met other birdwatchers and began my life long interest in nature and photography.

Image 1 highly cropped, image 2 is the whole original image.

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Rough Greensnake Opheodrys aestivus

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laurakeene

Date

June 24, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

Description

Eating a katydid

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April 2018

Description

I was looking for cluster of Veliids on the banks of the Rio Grande and found these Gerrids instead. Huge thanks to Alysa for being brave enough to go out and catch these. And to Chris for doing the detective work back at home!

Large clusters of these striders were found in shady areas beside the Devil's River, ranging from 10-30 feet from shore.

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alisonnorthup

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June 10, 2018 06:32 PM CDT

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Peas, Vetches, and Allies Tribe Fabeae

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sehnature

Date

May 27, 2018 11:05 AM CDT
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Molluscs Phylum Mollusca

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cedric_lee

Date

April 27, 2013

Description

Note: This image was not taken in one shot. It is a compilation of 54 images with the shells scaled in size in relation to the penny. The identifications of these shells can be found on http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/cedric_lee/2013/4/27.

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Stream Bluet Enallagma exsulans

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briangooding

Date

May 8, 2018 03:56 PM CDT

Description

Male Enallagma exsulans landing on abdomen of male Argia immunda

These two had a few back-and-forth interactions concerning this spot in the creek.

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Long-tailed Weasel Neogale frenata

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May 7, 2018 06:55 PM PDT

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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May 5, 2018 05:27 PM CDT

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Human Homo sapiens

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anewman

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April 30, 2018 07:41 AM CDT

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Human Homo sapiens

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eminoid

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April 29, 2018 03:34 PM CDT

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Giant Hygro Hygrophila corymbosa

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sambiology

Date

April 7, 2018

Description

Had such a blast with other iNatters at the Del Rio gathering. I saw lots and lots of new plants and animals -- so these ID's are tentative. I'll have to do a little more digging later.
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/sambiology/15447-spending-time-with-inat-community-in-del-rio

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Western Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus

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Date

April 6, 2018 07:09 PM CDT

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

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tom15

Date

December 5, 2015 10:28 AM EST

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Human Homo sapiens

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nanofishology

Date

April 6, 2018 11:39 PM CDT

Description

Come on, I had to. The great @gcwarbler (who is a salmon and/or trout) with his friends. Excellent night for mothing. This was one of four sheets.

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Cape Snake Lizard Chamaesaura anguina

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vynbos

Date

March 30, 2018 01:51 PM SAST

Description

The lizard was so intent on keeping its prey it didn't skedaddle, giving us a chance to take pictures.
I assume it wasn't scavenging and actually caught it, but you've got to be fast to catch these insects!
Prey here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10597608

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Wasp Leafhoppers Genus Lissoscarta

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birdernaturalist

Date

January 20, 2018 06:33 AM MST

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chanddgreen

Date

March 16, 2018

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Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus

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Date

August 24, 2013

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Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

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greglasley

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Between 21-24 September I observed and photographed 24 different color banded Piping Plovers on the upper Texas coast and adjacent Louisiana. 22 in Texas, 2 in Louisiana. I have provided data and photos on all these birds to various governmental agencies in the U.S. and Canada, as well as several universities who are involved in various projects with Piping Plovers. I'll hold off posting these to iNat until I get data on the bird and its origin. I received info on this bird today, so I'll post that record here for the information to be available on iNat for anyone interested.

Piping Plover U13
23 September 2015
Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, Galveston Co., Texas
29.5108
-94.4908
Right leg above joint: metal numbered band
Right leg below joint: white over blue
Left leg above joint: yellow flag with black lettering “U1?”
Left leg below joint: blue over white

USGS Missouri River Tern & Plover Team
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Jamestown, North Dakota
Piping Plover U13 - banded as an adult on 28 May 2015 on an alkali lake near Mercer, ND.

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February 27, 2018 09:59 AM AST

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Oscura Mountain Land Snail Oreohelix neomexicana

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beschwar

Date

January 2018

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

This species was tentatively recorded as non-fossil by @benhutchins in June of 2015.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2705512

A fresh-looking shell was also documented and suspected to occur as non-fossil by Richard Fullington in his 1979 report of Land and Freshwater Mollusca of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, but that report seems as if it had been forgotten until recently.

After much debate among us and several other experts about the fossil vs. non-fossil status of that shell (Oreohelix spp have been recorded from the Guads in fossil in previous work), we finally had an opportunity to return to this area and search for this species and perhaps answer the question once and for all. My bet was on non-fossil.

Benjamin Hutchins, Zachary Schwartz (my son), and I took a 2-day backpacking and sampling trip into the high Guads. Soon after arriving at the approximate site where Ben had previously found the shell, we started finding bleached dead shells, then a very fresh dead shell, and then finally 6 live specimens! We were also sampling litter to document the snail community in this habitat, and a number of other species also occur there.

Aside from the excitement of the 'snail hunt', this is a significant find for snail diversity in TX, because it definitively adds a new family to the list of snail fauna in the state. Thanks to Ben for instigating this search and for inviting us to be a part of it.

At this point, we are calling this Oreohelix neomexicana. It fits the description for that species reasonably well, though there is apparently significant variation in size and shape in the species. I am not aware of any molecular work that has been done to confirm that these mountain-top species from various ranges in NM are all the same species. The nearest site where it has been documented in NM is in the Sacramento Mountains.

Found on a west-facing slope. Collected with permission and permit.

Photos / Sounds

What

Scale Insects Superfamily Coccoidea

Observer

dava123

Date

November 12, 2017 08:56 AM CET

Description

on the tree