Saturday, November 7, 2020

Brick patio additions

Look at our new chairs! We special ordered them through Eric Brown's Custom Solutions (512-396-7781) in San Marcos. We live close enough to have them delivered for free, which was so nice. Didn't Eric do a great job? 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Buckmoth love

So here's yet another right time, right place story. I was in the front yard, lurking around the mistflowers, looking for new species for iNaturalist. Then all of a sudden, a rather large black insect hovered low across a flower bed. I watched, waiting to get a photo and find out what I had. Then it landed. Rather, HE landed. Right next to another black moth. Ah, he'd found love on the side of a limestone rock. And he did so with his feathery antennae, which detect pheromones sent out by females. These are Grote buckmoths (Hemileuca grotei). I walked back by maybe 15 or 20 minutes, and they were gone. 

Isn't nature just amazing?

P.S. Here's a Grote's buckmoth caterpillar. Just so you know those spiny things that can sting turn into something beautiful.