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Drummond's Skullcap Scutellaria drummondii

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plateauville

Date

May 10, 2021 03:45 PM CDT

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plateauville

Date

May 10, 2021 02:02 PM CDT

Description

Distinctly greenish. Saw on grooved nipple cactus. Haven't noticed it on lace or prickly pear nearby.

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Scarlet Pea Indigofera miniata

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plateauville

Date

May 10, 2021 03:22 PM CDT

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Texas Sage Salvia texana

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plateauville

Date

May 10, 2021 03:22 PM CDT

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plateauville

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May 10, 2021 04:26 PM CDT

Description

Twisted Leaf Yucca Bug. Yeah, I made this name up. I was looking for a yucca moth and found this insect. Don't even know where to begin to ID it. iNat wants to place it with planthoppers, but it sure doesn't look or act like one.

A few mm long, on flower stem.

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Twisted-Leaf Yucca Yucca rupicola

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plateauville

Date

May 10, 2021 04:13 PM CDT

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Edwards Plateau Hoarypea Tephrosia potosina

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plateauville

Date

May 9, 2021 05:50 PM CDT

Description

Along roadside. Not sure is native.

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plateauville

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May 9, 2021 01:00 PM CDT

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plateauville

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May 8, 2021 02:17 PM CDT

Description

Tiny, on lace cactus

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Onions Genus Allium

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plateauville

Date

May 7, 2021 12:15 PM CDT

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plateauville

Date

May 8, 2021 03:34 PM CDT

Description

20 mm in length

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Colorado Venus' Looking-Glass Triodanis coloradoensis

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plateauville

Date

May 8, 2021 04:50 PM CDT

Description

Rocky outcrop Edwards Plateau

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Black Assassin Apiomerus longispinis

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plateauville

Date

May 7, 2021 01:39 PM CDT

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Black Cactus Longhorn Beetle Moneilema armatum

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plateauville

Date

May 7, 2021 12:51 PM CDT

Description

Found on prickly pear. White stripes on legs and antennae not reflection of sunlight but actual color...shows in shade, also.

Has some chompers, also. Generally docile, but bit me once.

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Twisted-Leaf Yucca Yucca rupicola

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plateauville

Date

May 5, 2021 05:45 PM CDT

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plateauville

Date

May 4, 2021 07:28 PM CDT

Description

Based on description in "Aphids on World Plants" as shining bright red or black, with antennae, legs, siphunculi, and cauda all black with yellow bases of femora, and frostweed (Verbesina virginica) host, could be this species. Certainly seems to be this genus of aphids, Uroleucon.

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Southern Yellowjacket Vespula squamosa

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plateauville

Date

May 4, 2021 01:10 PM CDT

Description

Might be a Queen? Was in the house, caught her, photographed her, let her go. Fortunately, didn't get stung because I really swell up.

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Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme

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plateauville

Date

May 2, 2021 05:05 PM CDT

Description

Slightly orangish, prominent orange spot, wideish black border and range makes me choose C. eurytheme over C. philodice.

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plateauville

Date

May 2, 2021 12:06 PM CDT

Description

After careful study and reading of bugguide.net, Vardy Part 1 and 2, and Punzo, I have settled on P. grossa over P. thisbe:

  1. Size, well over 40 mm
  2. Spines of hind tibia distinctly higher than teeth
  3. Anterior femora with very long bristle-like hairs. None of my photos are in a good position to show this definitively. But, I added last 2 photos today 5-6-21, that gives a hint of this when blown way up. You can see faint, long dark hairs against green background of milkweed.
  4. Metallic blue instead of green. Not definitive, but maybe useful.

By the way, many 'research grade' specimens ID'd on iNat as P. thisbe or P. grossa in my opinion show no convincing details for species assignment. All of these posts in need of true expert to comb through them. Some are bogus for sure. Might be correct ID, but show no definitive details.

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Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth Lycomorpha pholus

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plateauville

Date

May 2, 2021 12:06 PM CDT

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plateauville

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May 2, 2021 12:13 PM CDT

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Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth Hypoprepia miniata

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plateauville

Date

May 1, 2021 07:38 PM CDT

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Twisted-Leaf Yucca Yucca rupicola

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plateauville

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May 1, 2021 05:36 PM CDT

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Twisted-Leaf Yucca Yucca rupicola

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plateauville

Date

May 1, 2021 05:36 PM CDT

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Notched-tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle Typocerus sinuatus

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plateauville

Date

April 28, 2021 01:49 PM CDT

Description

Eating pollen and hopefully pollinating Echinocereus reichenbachii caespitosus. A couple days earlier saw same species on milkweed.

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Bees Epifamily Anthophila

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plateauville

Date

April 28, 2021 01:58 PM CDT

Description

Pollinating Echinocereus reichenbachii caespitosus.

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plateauville

Date

April 28, 2021 02:03 PM CDT

Description

Sort of looks like Ischnomera ruficolis, Red-necked False Blister Beetle. But not sure. Important to ID because they were common on these Echinocereus reichenbachii caespitosus, eating pollen, but maybe also helping to pollinate.

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plateauville

Date

April 26, 2021 05:45 PM CDT

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Goldenrod Crab Spider Misumena vatia

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plateauville

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April 26, 2021 05:43 PM CDT

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White Lace Cactus of Texas Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. caespitosus

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plateauville

Date

April 27, 2021 04:00 PM CDT

Description

MASS BLOOMING! All of our cacti were blooming today. Some separated by hundreds of yards. First flowers since the initial few on April 10. That's 17 days with nada, then they're popping all over.

On May 6, 2020, I saw a mass blooming of these at Ink's Lake State Park. Literally thousands of blooms over many miles of trails. I felt extremely fortunate to have experienced this, since the blooms only last one day. Often I was alone among hundreds of flowers.

I have seen nothing in the literature about this phenomenon. I'd like to know how and why they do this. I would guess the why is to attract maximum pollinators...? But how?

Thanks in advance for any resources and comments!

@ug56bdi @wolfgangb @aidancampos @cactus-d @pufferchung

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