Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila, México (October 2018)

In October 2018, I made a five-day trip to Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila with a big group of biologists, geologists, and archeologists from Austin. Peter Sprouse was the main organizer, and others on the trip were Andy and Leah Gluesenkamp (and their cool kids Jackson and Ruby), Jessica Gordon, Aimee Beveridge, Gabi Casares (friend and co-worker), Sarah Howard, Amy Grossman, and Crystal Datri. I rode down with Terry Sayther and Deborah Stuart, who are expert anthropologists (and the best BMW mechanics in Austin) and their friend Cathy Winfrey. Everything about this trip was enjoyable, including the people who went, the people we met in Cuatro Ciénegas, and everything we saw along the way.

Cuatro Ciénegas is one of the 121 Pueblos Mágicos of México, designated by the government for their cultural and natural charm and beauty. Everybody we met in Cuatro Ciénegas was very friendly and welcoming.

We saw thousands and thousands of butterflies: sulphurs, queens, monarchs, swallowtails, and others. And lots of other insects. Everything was green and lush. They must have had a lot of rain there in the months before we got there. And it rained pretty hard on the Saturday we were there.

The people there were more than friendly. They were also appreciative and protective of the natural beauty of the region. Conservation education was prominent, with signs for everything from a simple "don't throw trash" to big signs across the highway alerting travelers to the butterfly migration in the area.


Swimming with Minckley's cichlids (Herichthys minckleyi) and spiny softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera) in Rio Mezquites.

(Notes 143: 32-39)

Posted by cliftonladd cliftonladd, August 28, 2019 05:07

Observations

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What

Mesquite Girdler Beetle (Oncideres rhodosticta)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 07:30 AM CDT

Description

Abundant at Posada del Valle

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What

Bromeliads (Family Bromeliaceae)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 5, 2018 04:13 PM CDT

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What

Burning Blister Beetles (Genus Epicauta)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 11:16 AM CDT

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Gulf Cordgrass (Sporobolus spartinae)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 10:36 AM CDT

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Poison Ivies and Oaks (Genus Toxicodendron)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 10:37 AM CDT

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Common Reed (Phragmites australis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 10:40 AM CDT

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Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 05:43 PM CDT

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What

Leatherstem (Jatropha dioica)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 05:43 PM CDT

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What

Cuatro Cienegas Cichlid (Herichthys minckleyi)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 2018

Description

Rio Mezquites

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What

Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 2018

Description

At least 2 males and 3 females (based on relative sizes).

Photos / Sounds

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 09:12 PM CDT

Description

We saw about 15 of these while searching along about 1 km of road cut for about 45 minutes.

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Bunny Ears Cactus (Opuntia microdasys)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 09:13 PM CDT

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Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 09:19 PM CDT

Description

We saw 4 of these in about 1 km of road cut on north side of Carretera Cuatro Ciénegas- Ocampo in about 45 minutes (with 4 people looking)

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Hartweg's Climbing Milkweed (Funastrum heterophyllum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 6, 2018 09:42 PM CDT

Description

Milkweed vine with small narrow leaves and small seed pods.

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Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 10:54 AM CDT

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Christmas Cholla (Cylindropuntia leptocaulis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 01:29 PM CDT

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Shaggy Portulaca (Portulaca pilosa)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 01:29 PM CDT

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Brushland Shrubverbena (Lantana achyranthifolia)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 01:31 PM CDT

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What

Spiny Hackberry (Celtis pallida)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 01:31 PM CDT

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Coral Bells (Antigonon leptopus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 01:32 PM CDT

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Devil Scorpions (Family Vaejovidae)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 07:46 AM CDT

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What

Buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 02:45 PM CDT

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What

Tree Cholla (Cylindropuntia imbricata)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:41 PM CDT

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What

Christmas Cholla (Cylindropuntia leptocaulis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:15 PM CDT

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What

Devilshead (Echinocactus horizonthalonius)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:04 PM CDT

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What

Lesser Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia longipalpis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 10:54 AM CDT

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What

Quince (Cydonia oblonga)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 03:11 PM CDT

Description

Given to us by a friendly resident of Lamadrid, Coahuila, who grew them in his yard.

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Feather Dalea (Dalea formosa)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 03:42 PM CDT

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What

Five-Eyes (Genus Chamaesaracha)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:10 PM CDT

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Termite Inkcaps (Genus Podaxis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:16 PM CDT

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What

Yuccas (Genus Yucca)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:19 PM CDT

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What

Crown of Thorns (Koeberlinia spinosa)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:19 PM CDT

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What

Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:21 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Mesquite Girdler Beetle (Oncideres rhodosticta)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:21 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:24 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Devilshead (Echinocactus horizonthalonius)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:26 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:31 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:32 PM CDT

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What

Leatherstem (Jatropha dioica)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:35 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Engelmann's Pricklypear (Opuntia engelmannii)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:35 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Yuccas (Genus Yucca)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:37 PM CDT

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What

Trans-Pecos Poreleaf (Porophyllum scoparium)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:38 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Mexican Oregano (Lippia graveolens)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:39 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Hairyseed Bahia (Picradeniopsis absinthifolia)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:52 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:54 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Blind Pricklypear (Opuntia rufida)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:56 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Devilshead (Echinocactus horizonthalonius)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 04:59 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:01 PM CDT

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What

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:03 PM CDT

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Candelilla (Euphorbia antisyphilitica)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:12 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Gilled Mushrooms and Allies (Order Agaricales)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:16 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:18 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Dicots (Class Magnoliopsida)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:19 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Whitewashed Rabdotus (Rabdotus dealbatus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:23 PM CDT

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What

Desert Millipede (Orthoporus ornatus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:24 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Resurrection Plant (Selaginella lepidophylla)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 05:28 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 7, 2018 07:25 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Caterpillar-hunter Beetles (Genus Calosoma)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

October 8, 2018 12:31 AM CDT

Description

I watched it eat a moth (unidentified).

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