Ratibida columnifera (Nutt.) Woot. & Standl.
Mexican hat, Prairie coneflower, Upright prairie coneflower, Red-spike mexican-hat, Long-headed coneflower, Thimbleflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
these are one of the predominant plants in the park right now. I was curious about the different patterns, colors. appears to be normal variations of the same plant. Some have hardly any yellow, others a lot. Some are closer to purple etc. also thought the leaves were really interesting and could not find pictures on line to show this.
I am assuming this is some type of milkweed but am confused by the many types in Texas.
when investigating leaf-footed bugs, noticed other ids for this species and thought it might be the same
I was told this was a nymph of some sort of leaf-footed bug. If anyone has any more precise info, appreciate it. just thought it was very interesting looking as it crossed my path
did not notice the spider web until I saw the picture
I think this little dancer is becoming a favorite, so pretty
is this the correct species id?
with Milkweed bugs,
aka green milkweed, green antelopehorn, and spider milkweed
We found this snake partly submerged in the creek and dead. We pulled it out to take the picture. There was no indication we could note as to what caused the death of this snake. It was a small snake about 16 inches in length. it was white on the ventral side.
found a great resource for plant ids on fb in Texas Flora group; looking at their photos by regions of Texas and found this one I had been trying to id
I can't seem to put the parts of this one together in one species
not sure who this is, looked very purple to my eyes and different from the others who were there; didn't get a good picture and then it was gone
on the right in the first picture
on the left in the first picture, at the rear in the third picture
The baby I saw in the nest yesterday was out on a limb beside the nest today. A cardinal was nearby. I have no idea what a baby cardinal looks like but maybe someone on iNat does. Is this one? He's pretty wild looking.
ssp. penardii, the white form
so good to being seeing these snakes in our park
assuming this was a baby cardinal as the parent was nearby, the nest was in a small tree right beside the trail at chest level