Headed down to the Master Naturalist State conference a day early to make a few iNatting spots along the way. :) I'm an addict, of course!
I stopped at this nature park in Lampasas too -- it really is quite nice!
At lunch today, I explored this little dried up pond and the dried up creek that would feed it... Spent LOTS of time by a Baccharis to watch pollinators too. Great fun. :)
The Common Whitetail or Long-tailed Skimmer (Plathemis lydia) is a common dragonfly across much of North America, with a striking and unusual appearance. The male's chunky white body (about 5 cm long), combined with the brownish-black bands on its otherwise translucent wings, give it a checkered look. Females have a brown body and a different pattern of wing spots, closely resembling that of female Libellula pulchella, the Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Whitetail females can be distinguished by their smaller...