Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Just happened to spot this moth on the underside of a Simpson rosinweed leaf yesterday. I nearly missed it because it blended in so well with its transparent wings. Ross Hill on Bugguide.net identified it right away for me: four-spotted palpita (Palpita quadristigmalis). I submitted this sighting to Butterfliesandmoths.org.
Posted by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers at 5:43 PM
Monday, May 18, 2015
Look what James found on our land northwest of Blanco! I'm so excited! This is a ratany (Krameria lanceolata), also called trailing krameria crameria, prairie sandbur, and trailing ratany. I think they're rather unusual. Last July, if you'll recall, I spotted one growing near Cross Mountain in Fredericksburg. Ratany is a member of the Krameriaceae (ratany) family. Go to Wildflower.org, and you'll find only four species listed.
Posted by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers at 3:52 PM