January 04, 2022

Notes on identifying white rain lilies in Texas

I've been wanting to learn how to identify the white rain lilies, so I sat down and pulled together the identifying characteristics. I'm no expert, so offer corrections if anything is incorrect.



Visual guide:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1CUOqy8kDbBZs3vC_2yty-4gJBuWNu9kY6DEYScASus4/edit?usp=sharing

Posted on January 04, 2022 17:32 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 16 comments | Leave a comment

December 27, 2021

Notes on identification of the cactus bugs, Chelinidea, in the U. S.

Chelinidea canyona

  • head with dark stripes adjacent to pale midline stripe
  • otherwise, resembles C. tabulata
  • Nymphs with greenish body, reddish-brown head, pale yellowish legs
  • holotype
  • TX, AR

Chelinidea hunteri

  • anterior pronotum lacking tubercles, but with a cylindrical collar set off from the rest of the pronotum by a deep incision
  • AZ, TX

Chelinidea tabulata

Chelinidea vittiger

  • femurs rounded, lacking ridge
  • anterior pronotum with a very short tubercle on each side of head with distinct notch at base
  • nymphs green or brownish red with black heads, legs, and antennae
  • Widespread; wherever prickly pear occurs



1924 paper describing each species:
Hamlin, J. C. (1924). A review of the genus Chelinidea (Hemiptera-Heteroptera) with biological data. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 17(2), 193-208.

Posted on December 27, 2021 15:45 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 3 comments | Leave a comment

October 06, 2021

2022 Bioblitz planning



If anyone would like to propose future Texas area bioblitz locations for 2022, feel free to comment here or private message. Proposed locations must have overnight facilities (with restrooms) onsite or nearby. State parks aren't good because they're crowded and require reservations weeks or months in advance for camping.


This map documents location of past, planned, and potential bioblitz gatherings:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1BKJLJIKFJXAtsVWoHlKuu1kXUoJMK9CE&usp=sharing


Scheduled 2022 events:
  • May 6-8: Indian Creek Ranch
  • Spring: Lance's place (Erath Co.)--Lance, the owner of this private property, will host folks for an overnight stay (tent or car camping).
  • Fall: I'd like to do something along the coast and am looking into locations that have overnight facilities on-site or nearby.

Potential 2022/2023 event locations:



@alflinn329, @amzapp, @annikaml, @aprilsee, @austinrkelly, @bacchusrock, @baxter-slye, @benjamindurrington, @beschwar, @birdsandbugs27, @bosqueaaron, @brentano, @briangooding, @butterflies4fun, @catenatus, @centratex, @clairesorenson, @cmeckerman, @connlindajo, @donovanmoxley, @dylapodiformes, @elytrid, @gcwarbler, @gpstewart, @gwaithir, @jcochran706, @jgw_atx, @k_mccormack, @k8thegr8, @kayakqueen, @kimberlietx, @knightericm, @lorimalloy, @lovebirder, @lulubelle, @melissa_duron, @mchlfx, @mikef451, @molly_burke, @nanofishology, @oddfitz, @pynklynx, @rkostecke, @rymcdaniel, @sambiology, @tadamcochran, @sawwhet, @tweedledee, @wildcarrot, @williampaulwhite17
Posted on October 06, 2021 03:30 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 24 comments | Leave a comment

September 21, 2021

Timberlake Bioblitz weekend of October 16th (Saturday - Sunday)

Update
Here are observations from this weekend:
--observation mode:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2021-10-16&d2=2021-10-17&place_id=118103

--identify mode: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=needs_id%2Cresearch&place_id=118103&d1=2021-10-16&d2=2021-10-17


If you're reading this, join us for a fall bioblitz at the Timberlake Field Station near Goldthwaite, TX!

[Update: Arrive after 11 am Saturday and stay till after lunch Sunday.]

It's been pretty dry out there this summer, so don't expect a lush flora!

The bunkhouse (with electricity and restrooms) is available and has 6 twin beds (respond to reserve a bed--first come first served). I think it would be wisest to have only folks that are vaccinated in the bunkhouse. There's lots of room to pitch a tent near the restroom and shower facility.

Tarleton State University’s Timberlake Field Station is an educational and research facility located on the Colorado River in the heart of Texas--midway between Austin and Abilene. The 790 acre property has over 2 miles of Colorado river frontage and includes bottomland and upland habitats.

Here's the link to detailed info about Timberlake and the bioblitz (including directions): https://docs.google.com/document/d/19D_D0b94QvtB72GR8e5cSH8XHXFSe9DS69zffjRrbtw/edit?usp=sharing

@alflinn329, @amzapp, @annikaml, @aprilsee, @austinrkelly, @bacchusrock, @baxter-slye, @benjamindurrington, @beschwar, @birdsandbugs27, @bosqueaaron, @brentano, @briangooding, @butterflies4fun, @catenatus, @centratex, @clairesorenson, @cmeckerman, @connlindajo, @dcarrie, @donovanmoxley, @elytrid, @gcwarbler, @gpstewart, @gwaithir, @jcochran706, @jgw_atx, @k_mccormack, @k8thegr8, @kayakqueen, @kimberlietx, @knightericm, @lorimalloy, @lovebirder, @lulubelle, @melissa_duron, @mchlfx, @mikef451, @molly_burke, @nanofishology, @pynklynx, @rkostecke, @rymcdaniel, @sambiology, @tadamcochran, @tweedledee, @wildcarrot, @williampaulwhite17

Posted on September 21, 2021 01:05 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 39 comments | Leave a comment

July 03, 2021

Weekday Moth Week event! Stephenville, TX

[UPDATE: links to observations made Wednesday]

Here's the bounding box for Lance's place to view observations: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2021-07-21&d2=2021-07-22&nelat=32.31862448135538&nelng=-98.16126481360601&place_id=any&swlat=32.308650439472004&swlng=-98.17169324225591

And here's the link for the identification modal (the filter is set to show research grade also): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=needs_id%2Cresearch&nelat=32.31862448135538&nelng=-98.16126481360601&subview=map&swlat=32.308650439472004&swlng=-98.17169324225591&d1=2021-07-21&d2=2021-07-22


We're hosting a weekday mini-bioblitz during Moth Week, Wednesday, July 21st. The location is a gem of a place on the headwaters of the South Paluxy River north of Stephenville. Lance's property is about 30 acres and includes some limestone upland area and some really nice heavily wooded bottomland along the river (which, at this location, is a very small, but deep channel, stream).

The hillsides are clothed in native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, juniper, and oak. The river (more like a babbling brook) is flowing and full of water beetles and other aquatic life. Lance, the landowner, has been allowing the land to restore itself from it's former state for the past 20 years and it's looking pretty spectacular.

Here's the location:
https://www.google.com/maps/@32.3130113,-98.1684813,728m/data=!3m1!1e3

The gate to the property is recognizable by being constructed of black pipe. The narrow driveway winds downhill through the property to the rock house. Find a place to park in the mowed grass near the house (Google map pinpointing house).

Here's a photo looking down on the house from the log cabin.

There will be electricity for lights, but you should bring extension cords if you have your own light setup.

Folks can start arriving anytime after 1 pm--feel free to explore the property before the mothing event that evening. The amount of life and diversity on this place is pretty amazing.

Posted on July 03, 2021 16:51 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 25 comments | Leave a comment

May 23, 2021

June Bioblitz @ Timberlake Field Station

Update
Here are observations from this weekend:
--observation mode: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2021-06-11&d2=2021-06-13&place_id=118103
--identify mode: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=needs_id%2Cresearch&place_id=118103&d1=2021-06-11&d2=2021-06-13

Spring 2019 bioblitz for comparison:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2019-05-17&d2=2019-05-20&place_id=118103&view=species

Notable observations (rarely seen species)
Typhoctes peculiaris
Round sand beetle
Helops farctus
Dasymutilla serenitas
Laccophilus quadrilineatus
Taedia virgulata


Please join us for a June Bioblitz at Timberlake Field Station--June 11-13 (two nights). Attendees may begin arriving 2 pm Friday and we'll depart Sunday afternoon. The bunkhouse (with electricity and restrooms) is available and has 6 twin beds (respond to reserve a bed--first come first served). I think it would be wisest to have only folks that are vaccinated in the bunkhouse. There's lots of room to pitch a tent near the restroom and shower facility.

Tarleton State University’s Timberlake Biological Field Station is an educational and research facility located on the Colorado River in the heart of Texas--midway between Austin and Abilene. The 790 acre property has over 2 miles of Colorado river frontage and includes bottomland and upland habitats.

Here's the link to detailed info about Timberlake and the bioblitz (including directions): https://docs.google.com/document/d/19D_D0b94QvtB72GR8e5cSH8XHXFSe9DS69zffjRrbtw/edit?usp=sharing

All COVID restrictions have been lifted at Tarleton, so there are no restrictions for this event.

Probable attendees:
@mikef451 (Master Naturalist, Goodwater Chapter; insect generalist; mammal enthusiast)
@lovebirder (North Central Texas Master Birder)
@sambiology (TPWD Urban Wildlife Biologist)
@amzapp (Master Naturalist, South Plains Chapter)
@annikaml (birder/mother; compulsive photographer of everything)
@jcochran706 (Master Naturalist, Goodwater Chapter)
@bacchusrock (eager plant novice)
@connlindajo (Master Naturalist, El Camino Real Chapter)
@k_mccormack (Master Naturalist, Capital Area Chapter)
@clairesorenson (member of Native Plant Society of Texas and Texas Audubon, and docent at Ladybird Wildflower Center)
@kimberlietx (Master Naturalist, Cross Timbers Chapter; gall enthusiast, Triodanis researcher).
@jwn (primarily interested in odonates and birds)
@k8thegr8 (caterpillar expert)
@brentano (Master Naturalist)
@elytrid (Bachelor's in Entomology; loves bugs and nature in general)
@rymcdaniel (interested mostly in plants)
@butterflies4fun (Master Naturalist, Blackland Prairie Chapter; insects, primarily butterflies)
@birdsandbugs27 (Master Naturalist; medical entomology graduate student)

Posted on May 23, 2021 14:37 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 122 comments | Leave a comment

May 19, 2021

Are you a maverick?

From time to time, I check my "maverick" status. There's almost always an ID I've made in the past that folks have corrected....leaving me to be the sole maverick with the incorrect ID (or, more rarely, the one with the correct ID).

Replace my ID with yours in the URL below to check your status:

https://www.inaturalist.org/identifications?user_id=pfau_tarleton&category=maverick

Posted on May 19, 2021 23:56 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 5 comments | Leave a comment

April 07, 2021

May Bioblitz @ Timberlake Field Station

****Event canceled. I hope to reschedule as time and situations permit.****


Good news! Tarleton has approved the May Bioblitz at Timberlake Field Station (TWO nights, May 14 - 16). Attendees may begin arriving noon Friday and we'll depart Sunday afternoon. The bunkhouse will be available, but restricted to one person sleeping per room. There are five rooms, so the first five folks that request a room in the bunkhouse can be accommodated. Due to uncertainties regarding COVID (new variants, localized increases in cases, etc), I prefer that attendees be vaccinated so our gathering doesn't contribute to these uncertainties. Regardless, we've got almost 800 acres to engage in some really enjoyable social distancing! Our previous two bioblitzs only scratched the surface of biodiversity at Timberlake, so I'm excited to continue our inventory of biodiversity.

Tarleton State University’s Timberlake Biological Field Station is an educational and research facility located on the Colorado River in the heart of Texas--midway between Austin and Abilene. The 790 acre property has approximately 3 miles of Colorado river frontage.

Here's the link to detailed info about Timberlake: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19D_D0b94QvtB72GR8e5cSH8XHXFSe9DS69zffjRrbtw/edit?usp=sharing

Since the event is being limited to 25 attendees (5 in the bunkhouse), I'll maintain a list here:
Spot reserved:

  1. annikaml
  2. tadamcochran (bunkhouse)
  3. mikef451
  4. connlindajo (bunkhouse)
  5. gcwarbler
  6. bacchusrock (bunkhouse)
  7. gwaithir
  8. briangooding (bunkhouse)
  9. jwn
  10. Max S. (bunkhouse)
  11. k_mccormack
  12. molly_burke
  13. benjamindurrington
  14. austinrkelly
  15. clairesorenson
  16. nanofishology

Tentative:
rymcdaniel
k8thegr8
cmeckerman
pynklynx
lovebirder

I'm tagging some folks that I seem to recall having expressed an interest last time we met, along with some other active observers. Don't be offended if you're not tagged here--I'm severely scatterbrained and loose track easily! Feel free to tag anyone else that you know might be interested. @mikef451, @sambiology, @centratex, @wildcarrot, @catenatus, @brentano, @gcwarbler, @annikaml, @oddfitz, @tadamcochran, @rymcdaniel, @nanofishology, @connlindajo, @k8thegr8, @ecarpe, @galactic_bug_man, @dan_johnson, @tdavenport, @kimberlietx, @anewman, @jeffmci9, @eric_keith, @wild-about-texas, @alflinn329, @tweedledee, @bosqueaaron

Posted on April 07, 2021 00:22 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 64 comments | Leave a comment

March 16, 2021

Anemone bioblitz at Lake Alan Henry

I'm planning on being at Lake Alan Henry north of Post, TX this coming Saturday. I'll spend the night and leave Sunday. Being so early in the season, there won't be a lot of diversity, but my goal is to search for Anemones which only bloom in March/early April. But I'll be scoping the place out for a possible future bioblitz.

Anyone wishing to join me in the search for Anemones is welcome to come. Post here and/or send me a private message with a description of your vehicle (required by the on-site biologist so that she knows who's out there).

I have access to the restricted wildlife area north of the dam (permit required), and there is a camping area on the lake not far from there. Maps:
https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/storage/images/drnD7KUBYxMY55gHa6jXbqy6iuGn9JXnGqftrsCm.pdf
https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/storage/images/RnDXXsRTHssmiqU7wpUwL9fhcctFC5RLybZBKXur.pdf

Observations made Saturday:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2021-03-20&d2=2021-03-20&nelat=33.103757064383736&nelng=-101.02515500835196&place_id=any&subview=grid&swlat=33.064203773693315&swlng=-101.0769967441918

Posted on March 16, 2021 16:36 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 11 comments | Leave a comment

March 14, 2021

Last call for Anemone wildflowers!

Mid March is peak Anemone season, which will be winding down over the coming weeks.

This year, I was able to document an unusual morphological variant of Anemone at a new location in Baylor County. Here are observations of what I'm calling the "rolling plains morph" (because I've only seen it on the rolling plains) or "Anemone pilosus" (because it's so hairy both above and below the scape):
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?verifiable=any&place_id=any&field:Similar%20morph=Anemone%20%22pilosus%22

Other good news, Anemone edwardsiana has been documented from several new locations this season.

On a downside, no new observations of Anemone okennonii have been posted yet this season:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=grid&taxon_id=857042

Here's the link to my previous post about observing Anemones and how folks can contribute to this scientifically under-appreciated group of wildflowers:
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/pfau_tarleton/45858-winter-blooming-wildflowers-part-ii

Posted on March 14, 2021 20:43 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 3 comments | Leave a comment