Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cool new moth

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.


Another awesome find by James


James found what we believe to be the nest and eggs of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia) on our land! If you think we're wrong, please don't hesitate to let us know.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Good catch, James!

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.