83
taxa
59 insects
3 arachnids
1 reptile
10 birds
1 mollusk
9 plants

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What

Plains Lubber Grasshopper Brachystola magna

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

before sunup

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Several observers and found several such plants on this site, growing in gravel roads and gravel trails. It's certainly Townsendia and it's certainly not excapa, so is being designated texensis as the sole alternative, as far as anybody knows.
FONA description: www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=250067782
Discussed here: www.inaturalist.org/observations/27572061

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Ornate Box Turtle Terrapene ornata

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

We came upon this turtle in the road, and he promptly fled to a large tangle of buffalo gourd.

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What

Perching Birds Order Passeriformes

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

bird has caught a praying mantis, i think?

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What

Whip-marked Snout Moth Microtheoris vibicalis

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

size estimates by thread count: length ~6-7 mm, forewing ~5.2 mm, wingspan ~10.9 mm

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What

Yellow-veined Moth Microtheoris ophionalis

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

forewing length estimate ~7 mm, by thread count

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Next mystery bird.
High on a dead tree

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What

Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

by extension of ID suggested for this bird: www.inaturalist.org/observations/31258643

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What

Punctured Tiger Beetle Cicindela punctulata

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

we seldom see this green form

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What

Punctured Tiger Beetle Cicindela punctulata

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

the form most often seen

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What

Gorgone Checkerspot Chlosyne gorgone

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Carolina Sphinx Manduca sexta

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Manduca didn't want to leave the moth sheet when we took it down. I used a twig to move him to a nearby tree, and was fascinated by the resulting camouflage

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What

Carolina Sphinx Manduca sexta

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Carolina Sphinx Manduca sexta

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Carolina Sphinx Manduca sexta

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

forewing length ~4cm

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

In photo 3, I've brought the shadows up more to better reveal colors
https://bugguide.net/node/view/204218

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What

Tachinid Flies Family Tachinidae

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

This fly involved itself as i inspected a spider web on leaf of blueweed
length roughly 6mm
guess: Exoristinae

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What

Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

The breast is decidely more yellow than the white wingbars, so the color can't be explained by the low angle of the sun.
I need help with this one!

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What

Brother Moth Raphia frater

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

camouflaged on a site of their own choosing

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What

Brother Moth Raphia frater

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

forewing length estimate ~15-16 mm, by thread count

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What

Soft-lined Wave Scopula inductata

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

two examples, both "sitting up on their tails"
forewing length estimate ~10 mm, 11.2 mm, by thread count
https://bugguide.net/node/view/1238973/bgimage

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What

Lakin Grasshopper Melanoplus lakinus

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Common Thread-waisted Wasp Ammophila procera

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

procera, more than likely, but odd birds such as juncea and cleopatra might be in the running

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What

Sideoats Grama Bouteloua curtipendula

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

conspicuously long-fuzzy
ridged pronotum incised once
speckly tan with banding on inside of femur, red tibiae

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What

Thread-waisted Sand Wasps Genus Ammophila

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Yellow Flax Linum rigidum

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Red-shouldered Stink Bug Thyanta custator

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length ~ 9.8mm

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What

Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Slimleaf Prairie Clover Dalea tenuifolia

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Eastern Cicada-killer Wasp Sphecius speciosus

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

amzapp has a much better photo of this wasp: www.inaturalist.org/observations/29981524
We watched it patrol its section of airspace, driving off all comers

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What

Texas Blueweed Helianthus ciliaris

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

I was looking for rust on blueweed, but this leaf was only damaged by a spider building its refuge
We have yet to find any evidence of blueweed disease in our region

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What

Fragrant Sumac Rhus aromatica

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Pearl Crescent Phyciodes tharos

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Western Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona oaxacensis

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Many live snails at the campground; {see also www.inaturalist.org/observations/31025639}
This small one hid itself under my tent.
Animal length estimate ~8-11 mm, shell length ~10mm

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Jaguar Flower Moth Schinia jaguarina

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

worn

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What

Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona crucifera

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length estimate ~7.5-8 mm, by thread count

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length estimate ~6.9 mm, by thread count
Opeia obscura or Eritettix simplex?

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What

Prairie Bird-dropping Moth Ponometia binocula

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length ~10.5 mm, by thread count

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What

Forage Looper Moth Caenurgina erechtea

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length estimate ~7.4 mm, by thread count

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What

Bent-line Carpet Moth Costaconvexa centrostrigaria

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Paler Graphic Drasteria pallescens

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

forewing length estimate by thread count ~18mm; wingspan ~42 mm

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

forewing length estimate by thread count ~12.8 mm; wingspan ~31mm
Caveat: the sheet is not flat, but i've tried to take measurements within a consistent plane.
I believe there is a glimspe of unmarked hindwing. Forewing nearly white, with thin but strong markings, and little in the way of diffuse subterminal line
https://archive.org/stream/transactionsofam1186768amera#page/25/mode/1up

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What

Red-bordered Wave Idaea demissaria

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

wingspan estimate ~22.4 mm, by thread count

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What

Yellow-banded Pyrausta Pyrausta pseuderosnealis

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length estimate by thread count ~ 7.7 mm; forewing length ~6.5 mm, wingspan ~15.1 mm

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What

Blackberry Looper Moth Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

wingspan estimate ~22mm, by thread count

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What

Arge Moth Apantesis arge

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

forewing length ~24 mm, by thread count

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

estimate forewing length ~10mm, by thread count
Not Hesperumia, because the forewing and hindwing are the same color.
Not S. sulphurea, of which the males can not be brightly colored like this

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What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length estimate ~11.3 mm, by thread count

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

size estimates by thread count: length ~14.7 mm, forewing ~11 3 mm, wingspan ~27 mm

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length estimate by thread count ~15.5 mm, wingspan ~25 mm
I stared a looong time at torquatella, but can't really assign species on this

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

size estimates by thread count: forewing length 12-13 mm
wingspan ~28 mm

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

forewing length estimate by thread count ~17 mm, giving wingspan ~38 mm
pergilvalis or coloradensis

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What

Plume Moths Family Pterophoridae

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Sulphur Moth Hesperumia sulphuraria

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

same individual as this one: www.inaturalist.org/observations/29980712
ID is a work in progress

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What

Jaguar Flower Moth Schinia jaguarina

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length estimate ~18 mm, by thread count
host plant, scurfpea, here: www.inaturalist.org/observations/31251926

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What

Seedcorn Beetles Genus Stenolophus

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

two examples
length estimate by thread count ~7.7mm, 8.1 mm

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What

Subflexus Straw Moth Chloridea subflexa

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

The morning after our mothing event, i got inside the car where we had hung our sheet, and photographed this fellow through the window
forewing length estimate ~15.9 mm, by thread count
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=11070
quoted on BG species page: ""In Heliothis subflexa the subterminal line ends in the apex of a forewing or very close to it. In Heliothis virescens the subterminal line ends noticeably below the apex."

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What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

looking at the underside

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What

Forage Looper Moth Caenurgina erechtea

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

i think

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What

Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Mesquite Looper Moth Rindgea cyda

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

strong AM and median lines

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What

Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

next mystery bird
high on a dead tree

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What

Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Dickcissel Spiza americana

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

very low light; i've cranked the shadows up just enough to reveal some detail on face and throat

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What

Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

at dawn, and just a little too early for photographs

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What

Canada Wild Rye Elymus canadensis

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Slimflower Scurfpea Pediomelum tenuiflorum

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

this plant was uniformly trifoliolate

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What

Spotted Orbweavers Genus Neoscona

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

at sunrise

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What

Bush Morning-Glory Ipomoea leptophylla

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Grasshopper [see next, www.inaturalist.org/observations/31250278] and ants were both accessing the blossoms, as described here: https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_iple.pdf
USDA treats this species as native, BONAP as invasive

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What

Superb Dog-day Cicada Neotibicen superbus

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

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What

Wheel Bug Arilus cristatus

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

two more examples of pink Idaea
estimated sizes based on thread count:
wingspan ~24.5 mm, 22.8 mm
forewing length ~11 mm, 9.7 mm

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What

White-lined Sphinx Hyles lineata

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Red-bordered Wave Idaea demissaria

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

perhaps the smaller species I. eremiata, having shortish hindwings

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

two examples; finely hairy
length estimates ~6.2 mm, 6.9 mm, based on thread count

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Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Elm Leaf Beetle Xanthogaleruca luteola

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

wingspan estimate ~35mm, based on thread count

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What

American Sunflower Moth Homoeosoma electella

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

two examples
length estimate by thread count ~11.2, 13.6 mm

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What

Non-biting Midges Family Chironomidae

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

standard issue long legged midges
length estimates by thread count: ~5.6, ~5.0, ~6.2 mm

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What

Non-biting Midges Family Chironomidae

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

short-legged midge, two examples
length estimates by thread count ~5 mm, 6mm

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What

Non-biting Midges Family Chironomidae

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

two examples
length estimate by thread count ~6.2-6.8 mm

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

length estimate ~12.5 mm, by thread count

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ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

two examples
length estimates by thread count:
total length ~9-11 mm
forewing length ~7.2 mm
wingspan ~17mm

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What

Pink-spotted Hawkmoth Agrius cingulata

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Size estimates by gauge:
total length ~6.1 cm
forewing length ~4.6 cm
wingspan ~10.5 cm

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What

Sweetheart Underwing Catocala amatrix

Observer

ellen5

Date

July 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

a huge and sweetly behaved moth -very well-named
Size estimates by thread count:
total length ~44 mm
forewing length ~42 mm
wingspan ~98 mm