Neighborhood Nature | 2


Late last week Forest and I hit up the empty lot across the street to see what kind of nature we could find. Turns out there is quite a bit going on in that little lot!

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Texas Vervain Verbena halei — I might have to keep an eye on this particular plant, if it doesn’t get mowed, and collect some seed to throw into the garden.

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Metriorrhynchomiris dislocatus — Since we’re just poking around and going slowly I’ve been trying to look for little bugs a bit more than I usually do.

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Texas Ragwort, Senecio ampullaceus

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Scaphoideus incisus – cute little leaf hopper nymph! I wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t been closely inspecting the milkweed for monarch eggs and larvae.

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Green Antelopehorns, Asclepias viridis

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Forest Tent Caterpillar Moth, Malacosoma disstria

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Some kind of dung beetle that has seen its final days. Maybe dropped by a bird?

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Oblong-winged Katydid, Amblycorypha oblongifolia — I found this one in the garden one evening.

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Wild Garlic, Allium canadense

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This cute little jumping spider had a mouthful of prey!

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Curve-toothed Geometer Moth, Eutrapela clemataria

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Monarch caterpillar!

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Broad-headed skink!

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Annual Blue-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium rosulatum

That’s it for this round of Neighborhood Nature! I really need to get my camera out and take photos of the blue jays and cardinals in the yard—they’ve been busy lately! And I saw a red-headed woodpecker in the backyard today and that would have been nice to have captured.

What kind of nature are you seeing these days?

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2 thoughts on “Neighborhood Nature | 2

  1. shoreacres says:

    I think I have baby wrens. The pair that has been around suddenly are much more vocal, and much more active around the feeders. I may even have seen ‘extra’ wrens here and there, but they move so fast I can’t be sure. I did get some great photos of my fox squirrel tonight. I’ve decided it’s a she rather than a he, and she was chattering up a storm, so I went out to see what was up. I never saw any kind of threat around, but she wasn’t inclined to run away, so I got the photos.

    Your jumping spider with its prey is on sow thistle, right? Whatever that plant is, it seems to be everywhere just now, and I finally found it on an Aggie site. That little pinched-up bud’s a pretty good clue, as are the leaves and flowers.

  2. Moosie says:

    I’ve never seen a skink! Interesting that you found it!

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