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Prince Baskettail Epitheca princeps

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beschwar

Date

November 13, 2020 01:00 PM CST

Description

Spring Lake , San Marcos.

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Comet Darner Anax longipes

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lorarender

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July 12, 2020 10:26 AM CDT

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Great Pondhawk Erythemis vesiculosa

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nancynorman

Date

October 29, 2020 01:44 PM CDT

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Blue-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum ambiguum

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October 10, 2020

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Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

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October 17, 2020

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Giant Leopard Moth Hypercompe scribonia

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lorarender

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September 17, 2020 11:07 AM CDT

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Ross's Goose Anser rossii

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dbyers3

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October 30, 2020 09:10 AM UTC

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Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

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calebhelsel

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October 24, 2020 01:12 PM CDT

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Common Green Darner Anax junius

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nancynorman

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October 21, 2020 12:01 PM CDT

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Stagecoach Park

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Comet Darner Anax longipes

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nancynorman

Date

October 3, 2020 10:01 AM CDT

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Comet Darner Anax longipes

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dbyers3

Date

September 30, 2020 10:12 AM UTC

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Broad-banded Copperhead Agkistrodon laticinctus

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wlhuang

Date

October 2, 2020 11:07 AM UTC

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Band-celled Sister Adelpha fessonia

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beschwar

Date

September 26, 2020 10:30 AM CDT

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TPWD Coastal Fisheries station

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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kbbutler

Date

September 18, 2020 07:58 AM CDT

Description

Observed during Kronkosky SNA butterfly survey

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Green-striped Darner Aeshna verticalis

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joshualincoln

Date

September 12, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

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Swift Setwing Dythemis velox

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wlhuang

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September 6, 2020 09:02 AM UTC

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Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea

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dbyers3

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September 7, 2020 08:43 AM UTC

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Dragonhunter Hagenius brevistylus

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kbbutler

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August 8, 2020 09:38 AM CDT

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Guadalupe River SP

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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kbbutler

Date

August 17, 2020 08:11 AM CDT

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Honey Creek SNA bird survey

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Blue-faced Darner Coryphaeschna adnexa

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beschwar

Date

August 23, 2020 10:20 AM CDT

Description

Fort Inge Historical Park

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Blue-faced Darner Coryphaeschna adnexa

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nancynorman

Date

August 23, 2020 09:10 AM CDT

Description

Ft Inge

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Striped Saddlebags Tramea darwini

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kcarrol2

Date

August 22, 2020

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Beelzebub Bee-Killer Mallophora leschenaulti

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dbyers3

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August 15, 2020 09:03 AM UTC

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Comet Darner Anax longipes

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calebhelsel

Date

August 11, 2020 11:54 AM CDT

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Robber Flies Family Asilidae

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dbyers3

Date

August 11, 2020 10:40 AM UTC

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Sulphur-tipped Clubtail Phanogomphus militaris

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rsalinas2370

Date

July 29, 2020 09:56 AM CDT

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Blue-faced Darner Coryphaeschna adnexa

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beschwar

Date

August 1, 2020 10:50 AM CDT

Description

Fort Inge, Uvalde, TX

Male. One of five in a feeding group here. I saw at least 7 individuals today.

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Dragonhunter Hagenius brevistylus

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gstclair

Date

July 25, 2020 09:45 AM CDT

Description

Came along as Eric Isley and Sam Smith were photographing this big lady. First one I've ever seen, about 3 1/4 inches long.

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Coppery Dancer Argia cuprea

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beschwar

Date

July 21, 2020 02:35 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Red-tailed Pennant Brachymesia furcata

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nancynorman

Date

July 21, 2020 08:52 AM CDT

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Common Green Darner Anax junius

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nancynorman

Date

July 21, 2020 08:46 AM CDT

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Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta

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nancynorman

Date

June 28, 2020 09:22 AM CDT

Description

Stagecoach Park

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Comet Darner Anax longipes

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greglasley

Date

June 1, 2020 10:19 AM CDT

Description

Three Coment Darners were foraging over a section of Little Bee Creek, but none would hover long enough for me to get a good focus, but at least the shots are identifiable.

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Three-tailed Tiger Swallowtail Papilio pilumnus

Date

May 18, 2013 11:43 AM CDT

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Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor

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zvkemp

Date

May 26, 2020 11:05 AM PDT

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Eastern Ringtail Erpetogomphus designatus

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rsalinas2370

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May 21, 2020 09:22 AM CDT

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Orange Shadowdragon Neurocordulia xanthosoma

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nancynorman

Date

May 10, 2020 08:37 AM CDT

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Eastern Ringtail Erpetogomphus designatus

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rsalinas2370

Date

May 6, 2020 11:57 AM CDT

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rsalinas2370

Date

May 6, 2020 12:21 PM CDT

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

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greglasley

Date

May 6, 2020 09:56 AM CDT

Description

pair of Scissor-tailed FCs enjoying the breeze

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Gulf Coast Clubtail Gomphurus modestus

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 3, 2020 03:47 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Near bird blind at old beaverpond in central part of Gus Engeling WMA

female

@greglasley @briangooding @jcabbott

A new species for the WMA, and a significant range extension to the NW of this rare Clubtail species. This is my first time seeing the species. It flew in to perch on a grass clump in tall reeds and grasses in an area with lots of feral hog trails. Unfortunately, all my photos are from a similar angle because I was trying to photograph through grass clumps without disturbing it.

This is definitely one of the larger TX clubtails! I first thought it was a Black-shouldered Spinyleg when it flew in, but quickly realized it was something I'd never seen before.

As a side note, I suspect that a large male clubtail that I saw flying low and briefly perching on sunny sticks just above the water and in a deeply shaded portion of Catfish Creek on the north end of the WMA may have been this species. I assumed it was a Black-shouldered Spinyleg at the time, but noticed that the thorax seemed very 'bright' for that species. Unfortunately, I was unable to photograph that individual.

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Orange Shadowdragon Neurocordulia xanthosoma

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beschwar

Date

April 30, 2020 03:29 PM CDT

Description

Lucky find in some thick brush - first of the season for me. :-)

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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

Date

April 28, 2020

Description

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

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jim_miller

Date

December 22, 2018 11:41 AM CST

Description

Spotted Towhee at water's edge in South Texas

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Coppery Dancer Argia cuprea

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nancynorman

Date

April 19, 2020 11:24 AM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

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kbbutler

Date

April 16, 2020 10:06 AM CDT

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Dot-winged Baskettail Epitheca petechialis

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gpstewart

Date

April 10, 2020 03:12 PM CDT

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Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

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kbbutler

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April 14, 2020 11:44 AM CDT

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Coppery Dancer Argia cuprea

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nancynorman

Date

April 8, 2020 12:49 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Coppery Dancer Argia cuprea

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nancynorman

Date

April 8, 2020 12:52 PM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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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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Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

Observer

greglasley

Date

June 11, 2006 08:14 AM CDT

Description

Crested Caracara
Caracara cheriway
adult - preening
Las Colmenas Ranch
near McCook,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
11 June 2006

This is the same bird on the same perch as the observation at:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41171728
but this was a week later. This bird showed up many mornings on this perch to preen and allowed me to sit in my vehicle and take photos.

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Great Pondhawk Erythemis vesiculosa

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nancynorman

Date

April 1, 2020 01:42 PM CDT

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Great Pondhawk Erythemis vesiculosa

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beschwar

Date

March 31, 2020 04:09 PM CDT

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Nuptial Scorpionfly Panorpa nuptialis

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beschwar

Date

February 16, 2020 01:29 PM CST

Description

Southeast Metro Park

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Common Green Darner Anax junius

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gpstewart

Date

January 28, 2020 01:44 PM CST

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gstclair

Date

January 25, 2020 11:50 AM CST

Description

Walking up the hill Eric Isley spotted our friend trying to warm up on the rocks of the pond overflow. At 57 F the 3 1/2 ft serpent's impressive tail piece remained unrattled despite Eric's effort to get to get a glamour headshot. It didn't even flick it's tongue.

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North American Porcupine Erethizon dorsatum

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greglasley

Date

January 9, 2020 09:56 PM CST

Description

left side of water tank. I see road killed porcupines on nearby highways regularly, but this is the first one I've caught on a wildlife cam.

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Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

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rsalinas2370

Date

January 16, 2020 10:37 AM CST

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Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

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kbbutler

Date

December 21, 2019 02:21 PM CST

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Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana

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nancynorman

Date

November 10, 2019 10:09 AM CST

Description

Cook's Slough

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Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

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nancynorman

Date

November 14, 2019 04:35 PM CST

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Common Green Darner Anax junius

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nancynorman

Date

November 16, 2019 12:33 PM CST

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Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

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nancynorman

Date

November 18, 2019 01:19 PM CST

Description

I watched this armadillo take a bath in this shallow bird drip pan--including rolling around on its back, and washing under its legs-I had never seen one do this before.

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Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus

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rsalinas2370

Date

December 12, 2019 09:10 AM CST

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

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briangooding

Date

August 14, 2019 05:42 PM CDT

Description

Male Pachydiplax longipennis attempting to usurp perch of conspecific male

High density, lots of competition...

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Texas Brown Tarantula Aphonopelma hentzi

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greglasley

Date

October 17, 2019 12:03 PM CDT

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Dusky Dancer Argia translata

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briangooding

Date

August 1, 2019 10:52 AM CDT

Description

Female Argia translata

This damselfly scared the hell out of me despite its relatively tiny size. I spotted it while I was stepping away from the creek and expected it to fly away as I approached. After it didn't, even from my towering height of 5' 7" I could tell something was amiss.

As I leaned in I could make it out through the viewfinder I could see it moving somewhat mechanically, very reflexively. I looked at the end of the abdomen first because I suspected this species and wanted to confirm. Moving forward it was clearly a recently emerged damsel with some wing damage on the opposite side.

Reaching the head I almost felt a chill run through me as I could see a deflated-looking, crushed in head that twitched and wobbled occasionally, with reflexive movement in the hindlegs occurring after.

The natural-looking upright position and was probably the most disturbing part and I wondered what animal rendered this damselfly in such a position and left it rather than consuming it. Or was the damage merely a result of complications emerging and damsel crawled just that far away from the exuviae eight inches away instinctively but could not (understandably) do more.

I've seen many insects in this chicken with their head cut off situation before but this one seemed much more alive even though it was clearly dead.

Unfortunately, numerous times I've had decapitated dragonflies on my finger and watched their legs move, no globular control center protruding from their prothorax...but even though you could elicit wing flapping response they seemed distinctly robotic.

Anyway...kind of an odd sighting.

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Bar-winged Skimmer Libellula axilena

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vsvogelaar

Date

August 6, 2019 09:06 AM CDT

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Swift River Cruiser Macromia illinoiensis

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briangooding

Date

July 24, 2019 11:17 AM CDT

Description

Male Macromia illinoiensis

We saw five or six macromiids, all of this species. All but one were adult males, the remaining one a young cloudy-eyed female.

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Black Witch Ascalapha odorata

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jimjohnson

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July 13, 2019 10:27 AM PDT

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Hyacinth Glider Miathyria marcella

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nancynorman

Date

July 9, 2019 10:59 AM CDT

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Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae

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danpatrick

Date

August 5, 2012

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

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jamesgiroux

Date

July 20, 2019 10:38 AM CDT

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Common Poorwill Phalaenoptilus nuttallii

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greglasley

Date

July 19, 2019 09:17 PM CDT

Description

Common Poorwills are still calling just after dark and just before dawn on the ranch I am currently staying on. I went out about 9 pm and drove some of the ranch roads slowly to see if I might find some on the roads. This species often loafs on roads at night in my experience. I saw 4 in about 20 minutes time but only one let me get any shots. First image shows the bird on the road as it appeared in the vehicle headlights. Image 2 was when I worked my way a little closer on foot.

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Swift River Cruiser Macromia illinoiensis

Date

July 14, 2019

Description

See photo. First county record, also submitted to Odonata Central.

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Jade-striped Sylph Macrothemis inequiunguis

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nancynorman

Date

July 2, 2019 01:58 PM CDT

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Picture-winged Antlion Glenurus gratus

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greglasley

Date

July 9, 2019 03:55 PM CDT

Description

This very handsome antlion was perched in full, hot sun on the trunk of a cypress tree. I got a few shots and it took off.

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

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nancynorman

Date

July 7, 2019 08:50 AM CDT

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

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lorarender

Date

July 7, 2019 08:54 AM CDT

Description

Female

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Cobra Clubtail Gomphurus vastus

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lorarender

Date

July 7, 2019 10:49 AM CDT

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Southern Sprite Nehalennia integricollis

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rsalinas2370

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July 3, 2019 11:41 AM CDT

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Red-mantled Skimmer Libellula gaigei

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tomlang88

Date

July 4, 2019 08:16 AM HST

Description

Female. I've been told it may be one of the only known pictures of an unrestrained free flying female.

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Comet Darner Anax longipes

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bradyreed

Date

June 27, 2019 10:42 AM CDT

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Arrowhead Spiketail Cordulegaster obliqua

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rsalinas2370

Date

June 20, 2019 12:17 PM CDT

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Checkered Setwing Dythemis fugax

Observer

greglasley

Date

June 22, 2019 01:35 PM CDT

Description

This male Checkered Setwing is carrying a huge load of water mites on its thorax. For some reason, among dragonflies, I have noted that the genus Dythemis seems to have visible water mites more often than most other dragon genera, but this individual is certainly among the 10 most mite-loaded dragons I've ever seen. Several images here to show this mite concentration.

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Jade Clubtail Arigomphus submedianus

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gpstewart

Date

June 13, 2019 09:10 AM CDT

Description

Raita Neighborhod Park, Travis Co TX

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Margined Calligrapher Toxomerus marginatus

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briangooding

Date

June 8, 2019 01:56 PM CDT

Description

Toxomerus marginatus mating in flight

Annika and I agreed that we had both seen this species mating numerous times but never mating in flight.

Only the male's wings were moving and he seemed to be generally steering them in the shade. We watched them for a few minutes during which they never landed or exited a perimeter more than 18"2 or so.

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Halloween Pennant Celithemis eponina

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mikef451

Date

June 13, 2019 12:06 PM CDT

Description

Halloween Pennant
Berry Springs Park and Preserve
Georgetown, Tx
Williamson, Co
6/13/19

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Pin-tailed Pondhawk Erythemis plebeja

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rsalinas2370

Date

June 13, 2019 08:11 AM CDT

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Common Sanddragon Progomphus obscurus

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rsalinas2370

Date

June 13, 2019 10:11 AM CDT

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Prince Baskettail Epitheca princeps

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itmndeborah

Date

June 12, 2019 07:28 PM CDT

Description

same specimen, I was just so excited to finally get a pic of one "still" - @ericisley, you gave good advice, just wait patiently and my "prince" would show up :)

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Pale-faced Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax

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rsalinas2370

Date

June 8, 2019 08:49 AM CDT

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Cyrano Darner Nasiaeschna pentacantha

Observer

mikef451

Date

June 10, 2019 11:43 AM CDT

Description

Cyrano Darner
Berry Springs Park and Preserve
Georgetown, Tx
Williamson, Co
6/10/19

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Common Green Darner Anax junius

Observer

briangooding

Date

June 3, 2019 01:18 PM CDT

Description

Anax junius exuviae

Masses of A. junius (and less probably, a few A. longipes) exuviae.

I estimated there must have been at least 500 easily visible Anax sp. exuviae on the route I walked.

There were more in adjacent vegetation that was out of/farther away from the ponds' edges but I did not search for or count them.

Very cool to see. Obviously they didn't all come out on one day but I would like to go one morning and see, even if just a handful were emerging at once/readily visible.

I'm extremely curious how many/what general percentages are predated. The site chosen for ecdysis ranged from dense brush to dead twigs directly in the open, as seen here.

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Dragonhunter Hagenius brevistylus

Observer

vldeloach

Date

June 20, 2014

Description

She was perched high in brambles in the wetlands. She then disappeared and reappeared, flying through our group of 3 at waist level, carrying her large prey - possibly a Swamp darner.

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American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana

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lorarender

Date

May 4, 2019 05:05 PM CDT

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Jade Clubtail Arigomphus submedianus

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lorarender

Date

May 4, 2019 12:57 PM CDT

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Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Observer

greglasley

Date

May 10, 2019 07:12 PM CDT

Description

This Gray Fox showed up in the late afternoon today. This is not my "regular" Gray Fox which has a damaged right ear:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24469123

I have seen as many as three on my property at the same time and I presume this is one of them. Beautiful animal!

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

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rsalinas2370

Date

May 9, 2019 10:31 AM CDT