I'm downloading the picture hoping that others can see the gator- I was out hiking on the bittern marsh early this morning and saw two of them gliding along in the marsh. The marsh has been dry for awhile and has only rehydrated with all the rain we have gotten. Therefore, I was surprised to see two alligators!
Local name False mint. Common in upland forest of AHNP. Photo shows early-season plant form.
Local name Antelope horns milkweed. Common in central meadow of AHNP. Host plant for Monarch butterflies
Eating monarch caterpillars so wanting to know what type of wasp this is
Local name: none really. Not seen often. A few plants in one location. Photo taken in wind.
Local names Pincushion plant, Scabiosa. Many plants in meadow. Highly invasive. See Texasinvasives.org
Local names Nodding thistle & Musk thistle. Several plants in field.
Local name Canada wild onion (white). Several plants in meadow.
My dog found this deceased snake in my yard close to the barn.
Spring Creek Village 2 birds
Five fungi (green, gray, off-white, orange, black) on one rock in the parking lot.
Local name Prairie parsley. Family = Apiaceae. Host plant for Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly.
Local name Mealy blue sage. Family = Lamiaceae. Several colonies at Arbor Hills. May have been planted.
Local name American germander. Family = Lamiaceae. Large colony near the Arbor Hills pond.
Local name green dragon. Interesting plant that excites whenever I find it. Found about 10 plants on this date.
Local name Corn gromwell. Family = Boraginaceae. Common in distrubed fields, etc. Photo shows fruit along stem.
Seen flying from a dense section of reeds. No opportunity for a picture.
Lots of little fish (and a few not so little--upt to 6-8") in the creek (were absent a week ago). Warming weather must have "brought them out". Where have they all been hiding?
Several widely-scattered (naturalized?) specimens in southwest corner of prairie area.
In 3' deep pool, part of Indian Creek. He didn't want to be photographed. Couldn't spot a red "ear mark". Est. 12" shell, possibly a bit larger. Neck seems long for a Slider.
Small guy --about 4 inches long (juvenile?) enjoying our warm sunny early spring day.
Wild Onions growing in the Laser Tag area next to softball fields of B.B. Owen Elementary in The Colony, TX.