I'm reasonably confident putting this in Hymenoptera, but beyond that I've got nothing. It appears to have a long ovipositor in the back, so I'm leaning towards the possibility of some sort of wasp maybe?
Normally kids are really afraid of bees, but we were really lucky to see these bees up close in the bluebonnets, and by the time we were done chatting, the girls were super excited about bees! (Although they were really indignant that female bees do all the work!)
This huge guy was hanging out on the back porch of the dining hall one evening. We saw another one in the Sleepy unit later in the evening, fluttering under the lights. These guys are huge!
Not sure where this little guy came from, but he turned up in my dirty laundry pile at camp.
There were several post oak trees with large clusters of these butterflies apparently feeding on the sap.
I didn't manage to get a good picture before it flew up high, but it was green and black.
Some sort of water beetle.
Didn't get to see the actual critters, just lots and lots if tunnels. I have seen them tunnel as far as the front gate of camp, which is a good distance from the water.
Lots and lots of these! They look very similar to the blue eyed Susan's, but they're yellow.
I know that Carol just told me the name of these, and I promptly forgot again. I'm not a fan of the whole growing-older-memory-problems thing.
This is the first time I've seen evidence of them on camp, hopefully it's a one time occurrence.
This is the biggest type of this spider I've seen
Im thinking woodhouse because of the irregular spots. Any thoughts? I seem to be on the edge of both ranges.
Found near water
In a pool after a big rain
Somewhere near Powderly and Pay Mayse Lake
Gambill Goose Refuge,
Lamar Co., Texas
15 June 2011
Infrequent in moist soils along still waters.
Frequent along still waters.
Common in moist soils along still waters.
Frequent in moist areas along still water.
Infrequent in moist areas, along ponds, still waters.
Common in open moist areas and along edges of stock ponds.
large population growing in grasses and brush along edge of stock pond. Frequent.
3 petaled blue flowers that "melt" with the lengthening of the day. Growing in moist area along tree line near stock pond.
Source was listed as Panicum malacophyllum. Growing in moist soil along edge of stock pond. Common.