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Candleflame Lichen Candelaria concolor

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 12, 2018 03:49 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found on an oak tree outside the Visitor Center in McKinney Falls State Park. It is a foliose form lichen with yellow-green coloring. It was growing in small clusters both next to and on a Star Rosette Lichen. Each specimen was much smaller than the other lichen clusters. Ascocarps were observed on the specimen.

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Star Rosette Lichen Physcia stellaris

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 12, 2018 03:49 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was seen on an oak tree near the Visitor Center. The lichen appears to be pale-green grey and has been intruded on by a specime of the Candleflame lichen. The lichen has a foliose form and I believe that is the reason for it to be the Star Rosette Lichen. Ascocarps were found in the specimen.

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Powdered Ruffle Lichen Parmotrema hypotropum

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 12, 2018 02:34 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found growing on a stick that was found in the middle of the path. The observed specimen appears to be a foliose form lichen, however no ascocarps were found. Similar specimens were found on the nearby trees. The specimen had rather small "leaves" and was rough to the touch.

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What

Diatoms Class Bacillariophyceae

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 19, 2018 04:40 AM CDT

Description

This specimen was speedily moving around the sample and was observed moving with no clear intention on it's final destination. It appears to be very structured and so I believe it to be a kind of diatom. The specimen was not very large for a unicellular protist and seemed to not be attempting to gather resources. It was found along the banks of Onion Creek.

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Observer

micahburke

Date

April 19, 2018 04:39 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was observed eating plant material. It had cytoplasmic streaming and seemed to move using psuedopodia. It was rather fast but remained attached to the clump of plant matter for the observational period. I believe it to be an Amoeba due to it's psuedopodia and cytoplasmic streaming. It was collected from a shaded and still area of Onion Creek.

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Observer

micahburke

Date

April 19, 2018 04:36 AM CDT

Description

This specimen was observed eating plant material and swimming around a large clump of material. It was fairly lager than other organisms around it and was rather slow-moving. It seems to have photosynthetic organelles or chlorophyll, but I'm unsure. It was collected in a still area of Onion Creek.

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Rotifers Phylum Rotifera

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 19, 2018 04:33 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was observed with a small and slightly round body with two large brown organelles and 3-4 slightly discolored organelles. The organism was feeding on a small algae or plant matter. It was moving very fast and switching it's positions along the algal cell. It had no tail, but the mouth was apparent. It was collected from a small still area along the banks of Onion Creek.

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Seven-spotted Lady Beetle Coccinella septempunctata

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 12, 2018 03:38 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found crawling on a large bush and seemed to not like me taking pictures but allowed me to once I was far enough away. It had 7 black spots on its abdomen and bright red coloration on it's wings. Two white eyespots are on the the front of the head. It was very small, probably less than 1 inch. The specimen was found along the Onion Creek Trail in McKinney Falls State Park.

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 11, 2018 04:48 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found in a park-like woods near the Onion Creek Greenbelt. It was spotted in a clearing then ran behind a picnic table and then ran up a nearby tree. It had brown-grey coloration and a fluffy-tail. It was very fast and appeared to be gathering or collecting food. I wish I had taken better photos but the specimen was quite skiddish. I couldn't tell the size because it was too far away and moving fast.

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Checkered White Pontia protodice

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 11, 2018 04:03 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was flying around with a partner and appeared to be mating, although I'm not sure. It has white wings with brown spots on the corners. It's cephalothorax was black and small compared to the wing. The specimen was found along the Onion Creek Greenbelt Trail and was seen flying around the brush near the trail edge. The specimen was maybe 1 inch wide although the other specimen and it's movement made an estimation shaky.

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Chinaberry Melia azedarach

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 11, 2018 03:53 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found along the Onion Creek Greenbelt Trail in the low forest surrounding Onion Creek. The specimen was quite tall being over 10 feet tall. The flowers were made of compound leaves and had white petals with prominent black sexual organs (carpel and stamen). The fruit were round and were found in clusters. Non-sexual leaves appeared to be mostly simple leaves with netted venation.

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Pinkladies Oenothera speciosa

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 11, 2018 03:49 PM CDT

Description

The observed specimen was found near the banks of Onion Creek on a small cliff. It was found near a few other specimens of it's kin. This specimen has pink colored petals and had less prominent sexual organs (stamen and carpel) that were yellow colored. The flower was approximately 2 inches in diameter. The plant was also not very tall being maybe half a foot tall.

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 11, 2018 03:37 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found along the Onion Creek Greenbelt Trail. It was not seen pollinating nearby angiosperms however was seen with other members of it's taxa. It's cephalothorax is prominent while having uninteresting coloration. The specimen had primarily brown coloration with orange, black, and white highlights. It also had an eye-spot pattern on it's wings. It was't very large being maybe 1.5 inches wide.

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Engelmann Daisy Engelmannia peristenia

Observer

micahburke

Date

April 11, 2018 03:36 PM CDT

Description

This specimen and it's kin were found in large quantities in the highland forest near Onion Creek. This specimen had yellow petals and prominent orange-yellow stamens and carpel. It seems to be a medium-sized bush-like plant. I noticed no pollinators using these plants, that could be due to the time of day or time of year.

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What

Diatoms Class Bacillariophyceae

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 8, 2018 04:04 PM CST

Description

This specimen has swimming along the slide very quickly. It had green spots (probably chlorophyll) and was unicellular. It was very small and didn't have any defining features than the green dots and cell membrane. It was found in a shallow puddle in the limestone are near the Lower McKinney Falls.

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Observer

micahburke

Date

March 8, 2018 04:00 PM CST

Description

This specimen was found in a puddle in a limestone pocket near the Lower McKinney Falls. It's cells were arranged in a helical pattern. It appeared like a silky green seaweed when outside the microscope and under it appeared to be tubes of green helices. I don't know which species of Spirogyra this is, because of my limited knowledge on the subject.

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What

Diatoms Class Bacillariophyceae

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 8, 2018 04:01 PM CST

Description

This specimen has inching along the slide and had a very rigid appearance. It had green spots (probably chlorophyll) and was either made of many smaller cells or one long cell. It was found in a shallow puddle in the limestone rock surrounding the Lower Falls.

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What

Beetles Order Coleoptera

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 8, 2018 03:50 PM CST

Description

This specimen was found in a large pool in a limestone pocket near the Lower McKinney Falls. It was found hiding under some algae or plant matter. It did not enjoy the process of transportation to the classroom and clung to the sed plant-matter/algae until arriving at the lab. The specimen was black with light-brown/creme lines along the edge. It also had wings because it flew away after two seconds under the light microscope. I did not know that it had wings and so didn't but it in a covered container. The beetle itself was rather large, being nearly one inch long and half and inch wide. It had a very small cephalothorax area.

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What

Asian Tiger Mosquito Aedes albopictus

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 8, 2018 03:29 AM CST

Description

This specimen was found in a small puddle in a rock alcove near the Lower McKinney Falls. I believe this to be a mosquito larvae, because of it's segmented body, the location where I found it, and the structure of the specimens head. The specimen has mandible-like appendages beside its mouth. It has hairs on the skin and is slightly transparent. I could see it's digestive tract and other internal structures under a compound light microscope.

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 04:23 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found in a tree branch over Onion Creek. It was fairly large with maybe a 3-4 foot wingspan and was most likely 3-4 feet in height. It was observed flying low, maybe to scan for fish. The specimen made no audible calls or sounds while I was observing it.

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What

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 04:06 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was spotted with two other specimens and were crossing Williamson Creek and were heading into Onion Creek. They were small and rounder with a 1 foot height, I could not observe a wingspan since they didn't ever fly. They seemed to have an aquatic diet as they would occasionally flick down and put their head in the water. Their brown, black, and white color pattern helps me believe that they are Killdeer.

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Common Pill Woodlouse Armadillidium vulgare

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 04:03 PM CDT

Description

The specimen was crawling along the dirt path and was an phased by me nearly stepping on it by accident. The body was small and less than .5 inches from anterior to posterior. It had many legs and was moving slowly.

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Falcate Orangetip Anthocharis midea

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 03:58 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found pollinating a small crowpoison plant found along a deer path near the convergence of Onion and Williamson Creek. It was rather small, being nearly 1.5 inches in wingspan and having a very small thorax and head. It had a few others flying around pollinating as well.

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What

Green-striped Grasshopper Chortophaga viridifasciata

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 03:40 PM CDT

Description

This specimen has brown coloring on it's thorax and wings. It's very thin and has large wings. It moves through jumping and is quit loud. It's sounds remind me of crickets or grasshoppers so I am unsure as to the classification for this organism. I believe it to be a Green-Striped Grasshopper that is discolored due to their prevalence in the area.

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What

Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 03:47 PM CDT

Description

This large specimen was found pollinating a Texas Paintbrush and was alone. It did later engage with another specimen in seemingly a violent manner. One set of wings were more rounded and the other set are more traditional-looking wings. It's rounded wings had two arcs of colored dots, one orange and one white. The specimen was quite large being 1.5-2 inches in wingspan and had a large body.

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Southern Dogface Zerene cesonia

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 03:34 PM CDT

Description

The specimen was found with lime green coloring and two large black dots on the anterior of the wings. It was rather small being slightly less than 1 inch in wingspan. The specimen has a black thorax and head and small nearly invisible antennae. It was very small and was being buffeted and blown around by the high winds. It was found along the karst and limestone outcrops near the Upper McKinney Falls.

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Silvery Checkerspot Chlosyne nycteis

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 31, 2018 03:15 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was flying near the McKinney Homestead in McKinney Falls State Park. It was a orange and black patter with white dots along the anterior parts of the wings and have two distinct sections; a larger, brighter section, and a smaller, darker section. It wasn't found near any flowers but was most likely in search of pollinating some.

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Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 03:27 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found pollinating a small pink and red flower on a large bush. It had a large fuzzy body and wings. The body was maybe 1.5 inches from anterior to posterior and had a 2-inch wingspan. It has dark coloration and large antennae. The specimen was also flying around with a large amount of honey bees.

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Red Swamp Crayfish Procambarus clarkii

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 31, 2018 03:05 PM CDT

Description

This specimen was found in a shallow part of Onion Creek above the Lower McKinney Falls. It was very docile and allowed my friend, a couple, and I to get rather close before sinking back into the creek. It had a slight red coloring but was mostly light or dark brown. It had six legs and two pincers, a cuticle, and was found within freshwater which makes me assume it to be a crayfish of some sort. Red Swamp makes the most sense because of it's prevalence around the area and the specimens physical characteristics.

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What

Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

micahburke

Date

March 22, 2018 03:28 PM CDT

Description

The specimen was flying around an angiosperm bush with pink flowers along with many other specimens of the same taxa. It appears much like a honey bee, although the exact species I'm unsure. The specimen was relatively large for a bee (1 inch in length and 0.5 inches in width) and has yellow and black striped banding. It appeared to be in the process of pollination and was flying in and out of many flowers.

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