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Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 11:40 AM CDT

Description

female

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Springwater Dancer Argia plana

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 11:35 AM CDT

Description

male

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Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 11:32 AM CDT

Description

female Eastern Bluebird delivering food to her nest box. This is the 2nd brood this pair has raised in this box this spring.

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Texas Spiny Lizard Sceloporus olivaceus

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 11:29 AM CDT

Description

on a shaded area of my back deck

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Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 11:53 AM CDT

Description

Going through Mike Quinn's guide to beetles of this area, I believe this to be Sesaspis emarginata. I found it on the outside limestone wall of my house. I believe this will be the first iNat observation of the species. The BG page is at:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/356231
BG says it occurs in Texas, New Mexico and Tamaulpias (Mexico). Described as being widespread but uncommon throughout central Texas.

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Dusky-blue Groundstreak Calycopis isobeon

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 10:00 AM CDT

Description

There were about 10 of these in a small area. This one seems rather faded and worn.

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Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 09:54 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

SY male (hatched 2016) Painted Bunting vigorously singing and defending a territory.

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Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 09:49 AM CDT

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Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 09:46 AM CDT

Description

female

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Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 24, 2017 09:42 AM CDT

Description

I was walking slowly to a small pond near where I live to see what I might find. As I topped a small rise I saw a Gray Fox rolling around on the ground, apparently dust bathing. The fox saw me about the same instant I saw the fox, and we both remained motionless for several seconds. I very slowly raised my camera and got 4 or 5 shots as the fox stared at me from about 40 feet away (image 1). Then suddenly the fox took off rapidly and I got a few more images as it ran through the brush, finally giving me a parting glance (image 4) from the far side of the pond.

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American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 01:13 PM CDT

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Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 12:19 PM CDT

Description

Here is my old buddy ATP, joining with some of his colleagues at a deer carcass on the roadside. On 28 April 2015 @robberfly and @maractwin were visiting me before we took a trip to Big Bend National Park. We saw a Black Vulture on a pole with a pink/red tag on its right wing marked ATP.
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1434663
Then, on 26 October 2015 I took some more shots of this same bird:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/2312727

The bird had originally been banded/tagged in April 2013 in San Marcos, Texas at a research facility studying what happens to human remains left out in the wild. See letter to me, below:

Dear Greg -
This bird was part of a movement study of a PhD student from LSU working through Texas State Univ. to see how the birds used the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (F.A.R.F, body farm). We tagged about 50 birds and put satellite transmitters on several. Most of the sightings such as yours have been between the Dripping Springs area and Austin, though there hasn’t been that many reports. This bird was tagged on April 10, 2013.

We very much appreciate people such as yourself taking the time to find out how to report these sightings as well as submit photos.

John S Humphrey
Wildlife Biologist
USDA/APHIS/WS
National Wildlife Research Center

So...ATP is at least 4 years old now and still doing its job to clean up carcasses.

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Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 11:18 AM CDT

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Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 11:15 AM CDT

Description

Lepturinae - Flower Longhorn Beetles
seems very similar to:
Strangalia sexnotata - Six-spotted Flower Strangalia
but perhaps a different species?

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American basketflower Centaurea americana

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 11:12 AM CDT

Description

American basketflower (Centaurea americana) I THINK! @sambiology...did I at least get close? These are paler than most illustrations but I'm not finding anything else that fits.

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 10:58 AM CDT

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Phaon Crescent Phyciodes phaon

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 10:44 AM CDT

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Little Yellow Pyrisitia lisa

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 10:37 AM CDT

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upright prairie coneflower Ratibida columnifera

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 10:34 AM CDT

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Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 10:33 AM CDT

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Genus Goes

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 10:08 AM CDT

Description

I saw our cats batting something around on the living room floor and discovered this Longhorn Beetle. I rescued the beetle from the cats (much to the disappointment of our indoor felines!) and took the beetle outside and put it on the leaf of a plant so I could get some photos. Just as I'm getting ready to take some shots, the beetle opened its wings and took off....so I got this single shot before it was gone. I thought that was fairly ungrateful behavior considering I had saved it from being crunched by the cats, but I guess I don't blame the beetle for wanting no more part of the situation! Maybe genus Goes, but I am far from certain.

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Checkered Setwing Dythemis fugax

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 23, 2017 09:28 AM CDT

Description

teneral female on the outside of my house this morning

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Underwings Genus Catocala

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 22, 2017 09:16 PM CDT

Description

Little Lined Underwing

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Observer

greglasley

Date

May 22, 2017 09:16 PM CDT

Description

Noctuid. Rascal Dart, Subterranean Dart, Variegated Cutworm...something similar. I keep going back and forth between possibilities.

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Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 22, 2017 02:55 PM CDT

Description

Just a few snapshots through a window on a dark and drizzly day.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 22, 2017 02:53 PM CDT

Description

Just a few snapshots through a window on a dark and drizzly day.

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Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 22, 2017 11:35 AM CDT

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upright prairie coneflower Ratibida columnifera

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 22, 2017 11:31 AM CDT

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Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 22, 2017 11:27 AM CDT

Description

male above, female below

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Salt Marsh Moth Estigmene acrea

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 22, 2017 11:17 AM CDT
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