Helpful Identification Guides

Here are some guides I've found useful. Most are journal posts people have written on iNat, some are from external sites. If any of the links don't work, please let me know! My HTML skills are very rudimentary!

* Acanthocephalus: Spine-Headed/Leaf-footed Bugs Zootaxa article
*Agalinis: Identifying Agalinis spp. (False Foxgloves) in Texas @pfau_tarleton
* Anemones: Guide to ID @pfau_tarleton
* Assassin Bugs ( Zelus spp.) @pfau_tarleton
* Broomrape Species @blue_celery
* Broomweed: Amphiachyris dracunculoides and look-alikes @rymcdaniel
* Brambles: Dewberries and Blackberries ( Rubus species of Texas) @kimberlietx
* Bumblebees @pfau_tarletonr
* Crotons @nathantaylor
* Dandelions @nathantaylor
* Draba and related genera @pfau_tarleton
* Elms: American vs. Slippery @lisa281
* Elms: Cedar vs. Winged @lisa281
*Elms: Chinese vs. Siberian @lisa281
* Elm spring samaras: American, Slippery, and Winged Elm @lisa281
* Erigeron (Fleabane and Horseweed) @lisa281
* Frogfruits (Phyla) @lisa281
* Galls: Texas Woolly Oak Galls @kimberlietx
* Gophers vs moles (signs) @pfau_tarleton
* Hawks - Cooper's vs Sharp-shinned Cornell
* Leaves: Glossary of Leaves @kimberlietx
* Medicago (Medicks) @nathantaylor
* Mosses: Identifying Goblet Mosses @rmedina
* Moths: Guide to Petrophila Moths in Texas @gcwarbler
* Moth Wing Features @mamestraconfigurata
* Mushrooms: Simplified Key to Major Groups of Mushrooms Michael Kuo @ MushroomExpert.Com
* Mushrooms: Photographing for better ID Billy Stone, BRIT
* Packera and Senecio (Groundsels) @lisa281
* Privets ( Ligustrum spp.) @lisa281
* Sesbania (Riverhemps) @lisa281
* Soapberry vs. Pistache @baldeagle
* Solidago (Goldenrods) @bouteloua
* Spurges of the DFW area @nathantaylor
* Sumac (Rhus spp.) YouTube video @conboy
* Sumacs: Key to ID the Rhus spp of North America @conboy
* Tetrigidae Pygmy Grasshoppers @aispinsects
* Thistles: Identifying Texas Thistles Katie Stern at Perennial Ecology
* Three-Banded LeafhoppersErythroneura spp. @kimberlietx
* Tick Identification TickEncounter Resource Center
* Trees: Identify sometimes difficult trees @lanechaffin
* Trees: Key to the Broadleaf Trees of North Central Texas @lisa281
* Trees: First Steps in Tree ID (You Tube Video) @lisa281
* Turkey Tail and Lookalikes @sarahduhon
Posted by lisa281 lisa281, February 26, 2020 12:25



Great resource Lisa! Bookmarking this for sure. I can add a couple more, too.
Illustrated glossary of leaves:
Three banded Leafhoppers/Erythroneura spp et al:

Posted by kimberlietx about 1 year ago (Flag)

Thanks, Kimberlie! I've added those links.

Posted by lisa281 about 1 year ago (Flag)

thanks lisa281 is there a way I can link/set a pointer to your article so I can retrieve this information from my favorites?

Posted by ronstephens about 1 year ago (Flag)

These are terrific!! Thanks for providing these resources.

Posted by txstack about 1 year ago (Flag)

@ronstephens Here's the way I'd do it, with the qualifier that my HTML skills are VERY limited:

Basic format: < a href="[link]">[text]< /a> [minus those extra spaces] So, the HTML would look like this, except I've added a space after each "< " to keep it from actually working:

< a href="">A Collection of Helpful Identification Guides< /a>

If you copy and paste the above, then remove the spaces after each " < " it should render a clickable link like this:

A Collection of Helpful Identification Guides

But an even simpler way is to just copy and paste the link from the top of this page into your own journal post, then describe it however you want. Or just bookmark it in your browser.

Posted by lisa281 about 1 year ago (Flag)

lisa281 got it thanks

Posted by ronstephens about 1 year ago (Flag)

Wow! Thanks for sharing this!

Posted by connlindajo about 1 year ago (Flag)

Thanks you, Lisa, this is helpful!

Posted by alisonnorthup about 1 year ago (Flag)

Very nice & all in one place! Thank you Lisa!

Posted by postoak about 1 year ago (Flag)

This is the best thing ever!

Posted by amzapp about 1 year ago (Flag)

Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes. This. This is so great! :) Bookmarked, big time!

Posted by sambiology about 1 year ago (Flag)

Yes.... We love those great iNat folks that share their info and guides!

Posted by connlindajo about 1 year ago (Flag)

@beschwar Thought you might be interested in this, too.

Posted by kimberlietx about 1 year ago (Flag)

Yes! Thanks!

Posted by beschwar about 1 year ago (Flag)

Oh wow! Thanks for all of this work!

Posted by oceanicwilderness about 1 year ago (Flag)

@gnat79 - here's a list of resources you might find useful.

Posted by beschwar about 1 year ago (Flag)

Honored to be mentioned here! What a great list and idea. I have bookmarked and will be visiting often. Hoping to make a more inclusive and informational sumac guide soon, as I've learned much more since I created that video. I'll keep you updated :)

Posted by conboy about 1 year ago (Flag)

thanks @conboy - I'll be looking forward it!

Posted by lisa281 about 1 year ago (Flag)

This really is a great resource. Keep up the good work!

Posted by nathantaylor 12 months ago (Flag)

Wow! This is great! Thanks for all the wonderful info!

Posted by artemis224 11 months ago (Flag)

Love this! Thanks! Here is a great tool from Chuck Sexton:
Artificial Key to Cisthene Moths of Texas - The Key

Posted by lovebirder 11 months ago (Flag)

Does anyone know of a post or website about Texas Oak trees? Looking for info on tricks to tell the species apart, not just red/white/live.

Posted by kimberlietx 9 months ago (Flag)

These are the two that I use the most:
*SFASU DendrologyDetailed information on dozens of trees, plus many helpful resources for trees
Virginia Tech DendrologyAnother helpful tree resource

The Texas A&M site is also good and very user friendly:

Posted by lisa281 9 months ago (Flag)

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