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American Wigeon Mareca americana

Observer

oddfitz

Date

October 27, 2020 02:41 PM CDT

Description

This bird obviously jumped out to me as not your standard Wigeon. This is a plumage variation known as a "Storm" Wigeon. First one I have ever seen. @ecarpe didn't you post something about these once upon a time? @sambiology @brentano @gcwarbler

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Comanche Skimmer Libellula comanche

Observer

sambiology

Date

September 7, 2020 01:08 PM CDT

Description

Had a really nice afternoon with Brentano at SouthWest Nature Preserve. Spotted lots of dragonflies and some other neat things too.

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Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Observer

drozdovekie

Date

September 6, 2020 08:28 PM CDT

Description

Lake bed currently dry here.

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Human Homo sapiens

Observer

greglasley

Date

November 11, 2015

Description

Texas iNat gathering in Dripping Springs on November 11, 2015.
Kneeling from left: @mchlfx (checkered shirt), @robberfly, @maractwin (blue shirt), @mksexton, @sambiology, @kueda (red bandana);
standing L to R: Bob (husband of taogirl) and Tuffy the dog, @greglasley, @lotus (sunglasses), @mikaelb, @blubayou (red blouse), @gpstewart (red shirt), @taogirl, @annikaml (sunglasses), @gcwarbler, @connlindajo, @brentano, @billdodd, Wilson (wife of cullen), @cullen, @cgritz, Aaron (husband of cgritz). Photo by Cheryl (wife of greglasley)

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What

Serpent Ringtail Erpetogomphus lampropeltis

Observer

greglasley

Date

August 22, 2013

Description

Serpent Ringtail
Erpetogomphus lampropeltis
male
Cienega Creek,
Big Bend Ranch State Park,
Presidio Co., Texas
22 August 2013

This is the subspecies E. lampropeltis natrix which is visually quite different (more green) from the nominate form in southern California which is quite gray overall.

This is a rare species in Texas, or at least rarely encountered in Texas. Five images posted.

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Arroyo Darner Rhionaeschna dugesi

Observer

greglasley

Date

June 12, 2005

Description

Arroyo Darner
Rhionaeschna dugesi
male
near Cat Tank
Davis Mountains Preserve (TNC)
Jeff Davis Co., Texas
12 June 2005

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What

Brimstone Clubtail Stylurus intricatus

Observer

greglasley

Date

September 20, 2018 11:41 AM CDT

Description

Quite a rare species in Texas and my first for this state. upupamartin and I had 6 or 7 of these in this area. Three images of a pair in copula and 3 images of a lone female

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Taper-tailed Darner Gomphaeschna antilope

Observer

beschwar

Date

March 27, 2020 10:14 AM CDT

Description

The 'Beaver Ponds' in the Angelina National Forest.

Lifer!

One of two females seen flying in this area today. Both were hunting with brief flights away from tree trunks and then returning; much the same way that a Gray Petaltail does, but more frequently.

I had no idea this Darner would be so small. It seems that the body outline in Dragonflies of Texas (Abbott) is scaled incorrectly. This is a very small Darner!

Update: Following an email conversation with Mike Moore @mike_moore and John Abbott @jcabbott, both have confirmed that this is now the first record of G. antilope in TX. A second record came only a week later (link below), and confirms that this species does actually occur in TX. Previously, the closest observations to TX were in western Louisiana.

To summarize from the several sources John and Mike have provided, here are the primary differences for distinguishing between G. furcillata (Harlequin Darner) and G. antilope (Taper-tailed Darner), with the very informative links included at the bottom:

G. furcillata vs. G. antilope

  • Females only: no sideways '7' on S2 vs. sideways '7' on S2 (clearly visible on this individual).
  • Females only: amber beyond/distal to nodus rather than at or near nodus.
  • Distal cells between veins M2 and Rs at end of hind wing form double cells for ~10 cells vs. ~2-3 cells.
  • Usually 2-3 bridge veins in hindwing triangle vs. single bridge vein in hindwing triangle.
  • No mid-dorsal orange spots on S2-3 vs. mid-dorsal orange spots on S2-3 and sometimes S4.
  • Males only: downward curved appendages vs. straight appendages.

This just goes to show that you never know what you will find when you least expect it! :-)

Thanks very much, Mike and John, for all your help and patience. I really appreciate it!

@greglasley @briangooding @tdavenport @williamedwards @zvkemp @ericisley @gnat79 I'm guessing you all will find this interesting.

https://mcmoore.smugmug.com/Odonates/DelmarvaOdonates/Dragons/Darners/Tapertailed-Darner/i-MZgGjSw/A
https://mcmoore.smugmug.com/Odonates/DelmarvaOdonates/Dragons/Darners/Harlequin-Darner/i-9swnVLS/A
http://www.dpr.ncparks.gov/odes/a/accounts.php?id=56

The second TX record observed one week later on April 3, 2020:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41299234

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What

Secretive Darner Remartinia secreta

Observer

tdavenport

Date

July 1, 2017 08:49 AM CDT

Description

Perched along edge of abandoned irrigation canal

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What

Woodhouse's Toad Anaxyrus woodhousii

Observer

sambiology

Date

July 7, 2020 10:22 PM CDT

Description

Mighty hot and pretty windy, but Monahans blacklighting was still wonderful. I had about 3 stations set up in the sand dunes and quite a few really interesting critters showed up.

Still some work to do on ID's -- will spend more time on these after I upload.

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Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor

Observer

tadamcochran

Date

May 31, 2020 02:08 PM CDT

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What

Coral Hairstreak Satyrium titus

Observer

sambiology

Date

May 31, 2020 04:36 PM CDT

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What

Figured Tiger Moth Apantesis figurata

Observer

wildcarrot

Date

August 11, 2019 03:28 AM CDT

Description

Decided to do impromptu mothing at LBJ since it was too hot to explore during the day! And I'm glad I did!

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American Lappet Moth Phyllodesma americana

Observer

greglasley

Date

March 3, 2020 07:49 AM CST

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What

Etched Cerathosia Cerathosia tricolor

Observer

greglasley

Date

March 3, 2020 07:49 AM CST

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Dubious Tiger Moth Spilosoma dubia

Observer

greglasley

Date

March 3, 2020 07:48 AM CST

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What

American Badger Taxidea taxus

Observer

oddfitz

Date

December 20, 2019 01:35 PM CST

Description

I seem to have a knack for finding Badger's. I nearly stumbled over this fellow will participating in the X-mas bird count at Matador WMA. What was just as surprising was the decent sized Western Coachwhip the badger had found/dug up in late December..

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Great Plains Ratsnake Pantherophis emoryi

Observer

k8thegr8

Date

July 20, 2019 09:44 PM CDT

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Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus

Observer

dongminsung

Date

April 17, 2017 12:20 PM EDT

Description

Confirm?

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Banded Garden Spider Argiope trifasciata

Observer

brentano

Date

October 5, 2018 10:56 AM CDT

Description

I'd have to say it's a she and is a little bit gravid.

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What

Filmy Dome Spider Neriene radiata

Observer

brentano

Date

March 25, 2019

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Big Bend Bluebonnet Lupinus havardii

Observer

oddfitz

Date

March 6, 2019 04:47 PM CST

Description

Big Bend Bluebonnets are thick at Big Bend right now.

TPWD is calling this a banner year for Bluebonnets in the Trans-Pecos

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What

Western Slimy Salamander Plethodon albagula

Observer

sambiology

Date

February 26, 2019 09:52 AM CST

Description

Had a meeting at TPWD headquarters, so I spent the morning looking for salamanders. It was a lovely day!

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What

Lesser Siren Siren intermedia

Observer

jblinde

Date

February 23, 2019 02:41 PM CST

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Observer

sambiology

Date

February 16, 2019 02:40 PM CST

Description

Did some stuff around the house today, but I had to go outside and enjoy some nature. Spotted a few cool things around River Legacy Park.

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Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Observer

charley

Date

February 13, 2019 12:03 PM CST

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Fiery-eyed Dancer Argia oenea

Observer

tiwane

Date

January 17, 2019 07:29 AM CST

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Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

Observer

oddfitz

Date

January 23, 2019 01:53 PM CST

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Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

Observer

oddfitz

Date

January 23, 2019 12:44 PM CST

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What

Tulips Genus Tulipa

Observer

sambiology

Date

January 16, 2019 02:54 PM CST

Description

Looks like a population of trout lilies but I will need to come back when they are blooming... I will update this observation when I get flowers...

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Observer

pbertner

Date

January 15, 2015 04:46 PM PST

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What

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Observer

greglasley

Date

November 19, 2018 08:59 AM CST

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What

Eastern Shooting Star Primula meadia

Observer

sambiology

Date

May 5, 2018 10:40 AM CDT

Description

Went up a little north to Cooke County to look for some plants and bugs. Found some!

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Texas Tan Tarantula Aphonopelma anax

Observer

sambiology

Date

September 20, 2018 10:20 PM CDT

Description

On the way south to the Lower Rio Grande Valley for a nature center conference, I decided to do a little black-lighting at La Sal de Rey Wildlife Refuge. The mosquitoes were crazy intense, but after a bit, some more critters showed up.

I'm still working on the ID's of most of these observations. :)

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Cream-edged Tiger Beetle Eunota circumpicta

Observer

sambiology

Date

September 20, 2018 08:55 PM CDT

Description

On the way south to the Lower Rio Grande Valley for a nature center conference, I decided to do a little black-lighting at La Sal de Rey Wildlife Refuge. The mosquitoes were crazy intense, but after a bit, some more critters showed up.

I'm still working on the ID's of most of these observations. :)

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Hairy Panther Ant Neoponera villosa

Observer

sambiology

Date

September 20, 2018 06:32 PM CDT

Description

On the way south to the Lower Rio Grande Valley for a nature center conference, I decided to do a little black-lighting at La Sal de Rey Wildlife Refuge. The mosquitoes were crazy intense, but after a bit, some more critters showed up.

I'm still working on the ID's of most of these observations. :)

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What

White-cloaked Tiger Beetle Eunota togata

Observer

sambiology

Date

September 20, 2018 06:09 PM CDT

Description

On the way south to the Lower Rio Grande Valley for a nature center conference, I decided to do a little black-lighting at La Sal de Rey Wildlife Refuge. The mosquitoes were crazy intense, but after a bit, some more critters showed up.

I'm still working on the ID's of most of these observations. :)

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What

Red-legged Centris Centris rhodopus

Observer

greglasley

Date

September 19, 2018 01:58 PM CDT

Description

This ID based on my images at:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/201026
but it may be a different species?

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What

Texas Diamondback Terrapin Malaclemys terrapin ssp. littoralis

Observer

greglasley

Date

November 9, 2015

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

Observer

sambiology

Date

August 25, 2018 03:05 PM CDT

Description

On my way west to Lennox Woods, I stopped by Coleman Park in Sulphur Springs. This is a GREAT park with some wonderful wildlife habitat -- I highly suggest it!

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Western Coachwhip Masticophis flagellum ssp. testaceus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

October 20, 1974

Description

I'm holding the intact shed skin of a Western Coachwhip which was resident (and frequentlly seen) under this ranch house in Coleman County. I'm 5' 8" (in boots) so the shed skin is something on the order of 6.5 ft long.
My (former) parents-in-law originally had some trepidation about the presence of the snake until I told them how good it was at catching mice and rats. Thereafter the snake became something of a "welcomed guest" or mascot.

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Texas Spiny Lizard Sceloporus olivaceus

Observer

kimberlietx

Date

August 15, 2018 10:19 AM CDT

Description

@brentano noticed the blue belly! I was ready to walk on instead of taking yet another pic of a fence lizard.

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Harris' Three-Spot Harrisimemna trisignata

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

May 16, 2018 11:57 PM CDT

Description

My third record this Spring, having never previously documented the species here.

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Observer

griff

Date

December 20, 2017 05:21 PM CST

Description

No black around the eyes

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Holarctic Treefrogs Genus Hyla

Observer

jaydubyah

Date

June 7, 2015

Description

Juvenile.

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Fruit-tree Leafroller Moth Archips argyrospila

Observer

brentano

Date

April 22, 2016

Description

I don't "think" this is the same as the one before.