Journal archives for February 2020

February 15, 2020

Spring Timberlake Bioblitz -- Canceled

If the weather is cooperative, I'll be hosting another bioblitz at Timberlake Field Station in March or April. It will be the weekend of March 21st (or the 28th if the weather is bad). March 28th (or April 4th if the weather is bad) (Friday - Sunday).

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 river frontage.

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

I'm tagging some folks that have expressed an interest and some nearby folks. Don't be offended if you're not tagged here--I loose track easily! Feel free to tag anyone else that you know might be interested.
@mikef451, @sambiology, @centratex, @davedenlinger, @lovebirder, @greglasley, @tweedledee, @alflinn329, @gpstewart, @ncowey, @tvasquez, @kbbutler, @mikaelb, @sawwhet, @sheliahargis, @jeffmci9, @sambiology, @wildcarrot, @catenatus, @brentano, @bosqueaaron, @gcwarbler, @annikaml, @mchlfx, @oddfitz, @tadamcochran, @rymcdaniel, @nathantaylor, @entomike, @nanofishology, @galactic_bug_man, @connlindajo, @k8thegr8, @squaylei2000, @ecarpe, @jeffmci9

Posted on February 15, 2020 02:27 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 31 comments | Leave a comment

February 18, 2020

Mantidflies in Florida

I'm reaching out to observers in central Florida to keep an eye out for an apparently unique mantidfly documented in that area. Here are some observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33218652
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/37508809
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/74825746
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/74898417
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/93920281
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/91785903
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62249351
https://bugguide.net/node/view/68322
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1680938

If you find something that looks like this, capture it, post a pic, and contact me. It may just be an unusual variation of a common species, but it has a very unique set of characteristics and might be a new species. If we have a specimen in hand, I can sequence the DNA and send the critter itself to a taxonomic expert for further characterization.

@ryancooke, @gaudettelaura, @brennafarrell, @joannerusso, @mbelitz, @joshuadoby, @ericpo1, @scottsimmons, @j_appleget, @vijaybarve, @stevecollins, @marykeim, @floridensis

Posted on February 18, 2020 16:57 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton | 19 comments | Leave a comment