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Heptagonal Orbweaver (Gea heptagon)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 4, 2019 09:42 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, off the side of the sunset bay pier
This is only the 2nd time I've seen one of these cool spiders. It was over shallow water off the side of a pier so I could only get one side of it. That is a leaf that was caught in the web.
female
Id confirmed on bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2195067
@tfandre

Heptagonal Orbweaver - Photo (c) Matt Claghorn, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Matt Claghorn
tfandre's ID: Heptagonal Orbweaver (Gea heptagon)
Added on November 13, 2022
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Black-legged Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum nigripes)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 4, 2019 09:31 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, off the side of the Sunset Bay pier
Flowers Are Delicious
I love these colorful katydids. She seemed to really be enjoying the flower she was munching on. Female
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2194031 @tfandre
@sambiology @Suz, can the flower be indentified? white sweet clover? I'll make a separate observation if you say it can.

Black-legged Meadow Katydid - Photo (c) Lee Elliott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by Lee Elliott
tfandre's ID: Black-legged Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum nigripes)
Added on November 13, 2022
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Short-winged Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 4, 2019 09:20 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, side of the sunset bay pier
New Species Of Katydid
I found another katydid that turned out to be a new species for me. I didn't know that until I sent it off to the experts. It was on the elephant ears on the side of a pier which makes sense because research said they are found in damp meadows, edges of streams, & marshes. Female per the long ovipositor.
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2193303 @tfandre

Short-winged Meadow Katydid - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY)
tfandre's ID: Short-winged Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis)
Added on November 11, 2022
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Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

November 5, 2020 08:41 AM CST

Description

White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
Fall Foliage With Raccoon Butt
We are starting to get some autumn color in DFW. Nothing like a bit of wildlife surrounded by autumn leaves. Even better if it would turn around. Sigh

Common Raccoon - Photo (c) Paul Steeves, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Paul Steeves
tfandre's ID: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Added on November 05, 2022
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Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

June 28, 2018 08:25 AM CDT

Description

This cutie landed on a garden statue in my front yard and posed for me. Always nice to have a cooperative subject.
Female
Bugguide id here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1802531
@tfandre

Springwater Dancer - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
tfandre's ID: Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)
Added on November 04, 2022
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What

Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)

Observer

greglasley

Date

November 27, 2016 03:14 PM CST

Description

male

Springwater Dancer - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
tfandre's ID: Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)
Added on November 04, 2022
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Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)

Observer

sbetzen

Date

September 30, 2016 12:22 PM CDT
Springwater Dancer - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
tfandre's ID: Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)
Added on November 04, 2022
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Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)

Observer

sambiology

Date

September 2, 2016

Description

After work, Elizabeth went to the fabric store "Sew Fabricated," so I walked over to this little manicured park in Pantego.

Springwater Dancer - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
tfandre's ID: Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)
Added on November 04, 2022
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What

Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)

Observer

mchlfx

Date

April 14, 2016
Springwater Dancer - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
tfandre's ID: Springwater Dancer (Argia funebris)
Added on November 04, 2022
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What

Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 21, 2019 09:23 AM CDT

Description

This is my first juvenile, looks different from the dark adult. I didn't realize what it was until I sent it off to the experts. Nice of it to sit on a leaf in the sun and pose for me.
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2189448 @tfandre

Dark Fishing Spider - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY)
tfandre's ID: Dark Fishing Spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus)
Added on October 31, 2022
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Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 21, 2019 09:00 AM CDT

Description

Female Blue-ringed Dancer With Parasites
If you look closely under her abdomen near the thorax, you can see what looks like tiny eggs. They are actually water mites that initially attached when the damselfly was an aquatic larva. They will shorten the damselfly's life & decrease her fertility.
Id confirmed on bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2189325
@tfandre

Blue-ringed Dancer - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
tfandre's ID: Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)
Added on October 31, 2022
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Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 29, 2019 10:47 AM CDT

Description

Photo 1:
What A Cool Jumping Spider
I was very excited when I spotted this bright orange jumping spider. I didn't know what it was, but I knew it was new for me. He was very active crawling & jumping all over the greenery so it was quite challenging to get a few shots. I have the id now from experts. No common name.
Photo 2:
Split Second Face Shot
I chased him around a bit trying to get a face shot. He would only face me for a split second before turning his back and jumping again.
Photo 3:
That Gorgeous Abdomen
Got a good shot of that bright orange abdomen right before he sailed off the stem into the sunlit yonder.
Tracey was with me, here are her shots: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29814176
@tfandre

Phidippus texanus - Photo (c) c_hutton, all rights reserved, uploaded by c_hutton
tfandre's ID: Phidippus texanus, a member of Jumping Spiders (Family Salticidae)
Added on October 20, 2022
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Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)

Observer

harryghull01

Date

August 21, 2016 09:09 PM CDT
Great Golden Digger Wasp - Photo (c) Alan Wells, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Alan Wells
tfandre's ID: Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)
Added on October 18, 2022
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Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 29, 2019 10:15 AM CDT

Description

Photo with 1 bug:
New Kind Of Seed Bug
Found a tiny seed bug on a grass seed. Very hard to photograph. With that patchwork pattern I knew it was a new species for me. It has no common name & I could not find much information on it. Just that it feeds on grass...which is where I found 3 of them.
Photo with 2 bugs
New Kind Of Seed Bug Mating
With a new species, it helps to have both a male & female. I got very lucky to find 2 of them mating. Only way I would know a male from the female. They look alike but the female appears to be larger.
Id confirmed on bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2170197
@tfandre also you have these individuals on iNat already.

Phlegyas abbreviatus - Photo (c) Tracey Fandre, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), uploaded by Tracey Fandre
tfandre's ID: Phlegyas abbreviatus, a member of Seed Bugs and Allies (Superfamily Lygaeoidea)
Added on October 15, 2022
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Common Leaf-beetle Jumping Spider (Sassacus papenhoei)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 29, 2019 08:20 AM CDT

Description

I found a new kind of jumping spider. Very small and cute on a giant ragweed stalk. It only gave me one shot before it lived up to its name and disappeared.

ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2163280 @tfandre

Common Leaf-beetle Jumping Spider - Photo (c) Buddy, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Buddy
tfandre's ID: Common Leaf-beetle Jumping Spider (Sassacus papenhoei)
Added on October 12, 2022
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White-whiskered Grasshopper (Ageneotettix deorum)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 29, 2019 07:55 AM CDT

Description

This is a new species for me. I didn't even notice it had white antennae until I got an id from the experts. I'm just glad it stayed put long enough to get a shot.

ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2160662 @tfandre

White-whiskered Grasshopper - Photo (c) Angela Laws, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Angela Laws
tfandre's ID: White-whiskered Grasshopper (Ageneotettix deorum)
Added on October 04, 2022
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Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

May 8, 2022 03:16 PM CDT

Description

Same Kind, Different Age
On Mother's Day, my grandson Riley & I explored the vacant lot beside his house. This was the 2nd grasshopper he found. This one was male and a nymph. The wings are just beginning to form. It was in the street right in front of the vacant lot. After I took my shot, Riley carefully stalked and caught it.

Red-legged Grasshopper - Photo (c) Denis Doucet, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Denis Doucet
tfandre's ID: Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum)
Added on September 20, 2022
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Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 4, 2022 02:30 PM CDT

Description

Another Fourth Of July Grasshopper
I found this guy on a fence post in the pasture behind my daughter's land. Only the 2nd of this species I've seen & my first male. He was nice enough to pose briefly for me.
Male Two-Striped Grasshopper

Melanoplus bivittatus bivittatus - Photo (c) Ethan Moore, all rights reserved, uploaded by Ethan Moore
tfandre's ID: Melanoplus bivittatus ssp. bivittatus, a member of Two-striped Grasshopper (Melanoplus bivittatus)
Added on September 20, 2022
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What

Clubbed Mydas Fly (Mydas clavatus)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 7, 2019 11:42 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, fish hatchery
Eye To Eye With A Mydas Fly
These guys are bold. They are flies, but mimic spider wasps. I always jump when they buzz my head, so loud. Totally harmless. Makes me jump then lands and laughs at me. They get their name from the clubs at the end of the antennae.

Id confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2173349
@tfandre

Clubbed Mydas Fly - Photo (c) Russell Pfau, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Russell Pfau
tfandre's ID: Clubbed Mydas Fly (Mydas clavatus)
Added on September 11, 2022
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Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 1, 2019 06:08 PM CDT

Description

Found A New Kind Of Bee
Went on a little nature walk with my daughter & 2 of my grandkids. The eleventh thing we saw turned out to be a new kind of bee for me. A cute native leafcutter bee with the habit of sticking its butt up. Enjoying the nectar of native sunflowers.
Male Leafcutter Bee (Megachile policaris)
Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2156186 @tfandre

Megachile policaris - Photo (c) leemarlowe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by leemarlowe
tfandre's ID: Megachile policaris, a member of Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees (Genus Megachile)
Added on August 15, 2022
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Common Hentz Jumping Spider (Hentzia palmarum)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 17, 2019 08:34 AM CDT

Description

A True Friend
Only a true friend will hold still and let you take a photo of the spider on her arm. And even add her finger to the shot for size perspective.
male
@tfandre

Common Hentz Jumping Spider - Photo (c) Buddy, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Buddy
tfandre's ID: Common Hentz Jumping Spider (Hentzia palmarum)
Added on August 10, 2022
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What

Tiger Crane Flies (Genus Nephrotoma)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

October 3, 2018 08:09 AM CDT

Description

On neighbors lantana
documentation shot

Tiger Crane Flies - Photo (c) Sam Hambly, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Sam Hambly
tfandre's ID: Tiger Crane Flies (Genus Nephrotoma)
Added on August 10, 2022
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Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 4, 2022 05:17 PM CDT

Description

New for me. It was on the side of my daughter's house. She lives on a couple of acres of rural land.

ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2143812 @tfandre @sambiology @williamedwards

Celia's Roadside-Skipper - Photo (c) Judy Gallagher, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Judy Gallagher
tfandre's ID: Celia's Roadside-Skipper (Amblyscirtes celia)
Added on August 08, 2022
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Elf Shoe Stink Bug (Menecles insertus)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 3, 2019 08:46 AM CDT

Description

Weird Little Bug
This guy was not cooperating, running all over a large rock. I finally got a side shot before it tumbled over the edge and off into the grass and out of sight. First adult of this species I've photographed, had seen one nymph prior. Maybe because they are a nocturnal stink bug. Love the name, Elf Shoe. Look at that one black toe on the end of each foot.
Id confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2095397 @tfandre

Elf Shoe Stink Bug - Photo (c) Bill Keim, some rights reserved (CC BY)
tfandre's ID: Elf Shoe Stink Bug (Menecles insertus)
Added on August 03, 2022
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Indomitable Graphic Moth (Melipotis indomita)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

June 10, 2020 07:45 AM CDT

Description

Pretty Moth
A very common moth but only my 2nd time to find one. Striking colors & what an awesome name.

ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2133676 @tfandre

Indomitable Graphic Moth - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY), uploaded by Ken-ichi Ueda
tfandre's ID: Indomitable Graphic Moth (Melipotis indomita)
Added on July 03, 2022
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Short-winged Green Grasshopper (Dichromorpha viridis)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

June 10, 2020 07:50 AM CDT

Description

One Eleven Ranch Park
Grasshopper Camo
Every inch of this grasshopper nymph blends in with either the green grass blades beside it or the sparkly dirt under it. I never saw it until it jumped in front of me. Was able to get this shot before it jumped further away.
nymph
Id confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2134273 @tfandre

Short-winged Green Grasshopper - Photo (c) Greg Lasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
tfandre's ID: Short-winged Green Grasshopper (Dichromorpha viridis)
Added on June 29, 2022
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What

Leafhopper Assassin Bug (Zelus renardii)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

June 3, 2020 02:02 PM CDT

Description

Milkweed Predator
Very smart predator. The milkweed blossoms attract tons of flies, bees, wasps, butterflies even before fully open. Not to mention aphids. Perfect place for an assassin to hang out.
SUNSET / BLOOD FLOWER Scarlet Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica)
Id confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2130057 @tfandre

Leafhopper Assassin Bug - Photo no rights reserved, uploaded by Jesse Rorabaugh
tfandre's ID: Leafhopper Assassin Bug (Zelus renardii)
Added on June 26, 2022
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Leafhopper Assassin Bug (Zelus renardii)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

June 3, 2020 01:53 PM CDT

Description

This one is for the nymph
High Drama In The Lantana
Always drama to be found in my yard. This time it was an assassin bug nymph making a meal of a fly. The nymph has inserted its feeding tube into the anal opening of the fly, injected venom that liquifies the insides of the fly so that the nymph can suck it out while the fly is paralyzed.
Leafhopper Assassin Bug Nymph (Zelus renardii)
Flesh Fly (Family Sarcophagidae)
Id confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2129656
@tfandre

Leafhopper Assassin Bug - Photo no rights reserved, uploaded by Jesse Rorabaugh
tfandre's ID: Leafhopper Assassin Bug (Zelus renardii)
Added on June 20, 2022
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What

Ornate Planthopper (Liburniella ornata)

Observer

assmann

Date

May 7, 2022 12:45 AM CDT
Ornate Planthopper - Photo (c) Lee Elliott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), uploaded by Lee Elliott
tfandre's ID: Ornate Planthopper (Liburniella ornata)
Added on May 30, 2022
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Diamondback Watersnake (Nerodia rhombifer)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

May 6, 2020 08:15 AM CDT

Description

Hiding in vegetation along the banks of a pond.
Snake In The Grass
It's a harmless water snake but....that eye!

Plain-bellied Watersnake - Photo (c) markkrist, all rights reserved, uploaded by markkrist
tfandre's ID: Plain-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster)
Added on May 21, 2022
Maverick

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