|Juvenile crab spider|
|Another crab spider on a different coneflower....|
|Same crab spider, different angle...|
|Bonus: Cool fly on a Rubeckia sp.|
|Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge|
|Purple prairie clover flower|
|Seedhead of purple prairie clover|
Ratany (Krameria lanceolata)
Well, at least I felt like I found a treasure. As we were coming down Cross Mountain yesterday in Fredericksburg, I looked down at the gate and spotted a familiar but new-to-me native: ratany! In Marshall Enquist's Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, this species is featured on page 79. "The family Krameriacea contains only a single genus, Krameria, with 15 to 25 species in North and South America," he states. "Texas has 4 of these species, only one of which grows in our area." THIS ONE!
I knew what it was because of Enquist's book! Anyway, I felt like one of those birders who get excited when they see a rare bird or a species they need for their life list. I can relate!
|Woolly ironweed (Photos by James Hearn)|
|Sheryl points out a four-nerve daisy.|