Green Anole in an ornamental plant
OK you wildflower folks. I know this is a common and regularly seen wildflower in central Texas and it is all over my area right now. Any help with ID? Thanks!
a common species locally
This big fella is a little over an inch long. I believe it is a leaf footed bug, but beyond that I don't know. The photos were taken as it foraged on a pile of native limestone rocks.
I have left an acre of so of grass in my yard unmowed this spring and the wildflowers and some native grasses have responded well. Texas winter grass (Nassella leucotricha) AKA Texas Needlegrass, is a native grass which has taken over large areas of my property. Thanks to gcwarbler for identifying this grass for me.
starting to get late for Am. Goldfinches here in central Texas. Some will linger into early May, but the species does not nest in this part of the country. Getting late for this location.
I only had a small handful of Pine Siskins around my feeders this past winter. Sometimes the species winters here in big numbers, but just a few were around. Now, all of a sudden, a dozen or more have shown up today. Migrants heading north and they won't be here for long, but my thistle feeder is suddenly full of siskins.
I was in a bicycle shop when I noticed a Hackberry Emperor on the inside of the window. I took a cell phone shot, then released the butterfly outside.
I found this growing on my property. I know I have seen photos of this sort of thing, but I can't locate any references so far. Any help appreciated. It is about 3 inches across.
A little odd looking, but ID verified in-hand by the unique appendages.
perhaps Laphria flavicollis but I am not sure
pair in copula
This male Comet Darner was perching in a prickly pear patch in the morning while it was still cool.
either Common or White Checkered Skipper
male. Image 2 shows appendages.
most Sandhill Cranes have migrated north by now, but this one bird was coming through headed north this morning. Very high in the sky so cropped significantly.
very high soaring Swainson's Hawk
very high soaring Red-tailed Hawk.