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Blue-eyed Ensign Wasp (Evania appendigaster)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

October 19, 2019 02:47 PM CDT

Description

Those Amazing Eyes!
Tiny wasp on the outside of my very dirty window. They don't stay still long so a challenge to get the shot that shows off the beautiful blue eyes but worth the effort.
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2053178
I have found these guys inside my home from time to time.
@tfandre

Blue-eyed Ensign Wasp - Photo (c) Jesus Gonzalez, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tfandre's ID: Blue-eyed Ensign Wasp (Evania appendigaster)
Added on October 22, 2021
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Fraternal Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

Observer

williamedwards

Date

October 21, 2021 10:01 AM CDT
Fraternal Potter Wasp - Photo (c) John Trent, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
tfandre's ID: Fraternal Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)
Added on October 22, 2021
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Maize Calligrapher (Toxomerus politus)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

October 3, 2018 08:11 AM CDT

Description

On grass seed in the middle of my neighbor's lantana
Documentation shot
ID confirmed by Bill Dean in bugguide before he frassed it for poor quality. I can still see it in frass so here is the link: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1910016 @tfandre

Maize Calligrapher - Photo (c) Jason Michael Crockwell, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
tfandre's ID: Maize Calligrapher (Toxomerus politus)
Added on October 10, 2021
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What

Damselflies (Suborder Zygoptera)

Observer

wes_please

Date

August 21, 2016 11:30 AM CDT

Description

On a Lilly pad in my garden pond

Damselflies - Photo (c) Michael  Bok, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
tfandre's ID: Damselflies (Suborder Zygoptera)
Added on October 07, 2021
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Differential Grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

October 2, 2018 10:02 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Sunset Bay pier
documentation shot
male
id and gender confirmed in bugguide here by Brandon Woo: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1906823 @tfandre

Differential Grasshopper - Photo (c) Victor W. Fazio III, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), uploaded by Victor W Fazio III
tfandre's ID: Differential Grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis)
Added on October 07, 2021
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Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

October 10, 2018 08:34 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
This one is for the spider
Got A New Wolfie!
Found this one on the giant ragweed, bold as can be. Turned out to be a new species for me. Does not have a common name, was only separated out as a species in 2012, not a lot of information on it. Always fun to find a new species.
Female
Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)
ID confirmed by @tfandre photo on bugguide of same individual here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1602061

Tigrosa annexa - Photo (c) Roberto R. Calderón, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tfandre's ID: Tigrosa annexa, a member of Wolf Spiders (Family Lycosidae)
Added on October 05, 2021
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Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

Observer

k8thegr8

Date

April 28, 2019 10:18 AM CDT
Asian Lady Beetle - Photo (c) Paolo Mazzei, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tfandre's ID: Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis)
Added on October 03, 2021
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What

Kiowa Dancer (Argia immunda)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

October 2, 2018 10:44 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, walking path above the spillway
I don't see this species often. They can be rather purple, this one is mid way between blue and purple. They are found along rivers and streams and this one was above a creek.
Male
ID and gender confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1907614 @tfandre

Kiowa Dancer - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
tfandre's ID: Kiowa Dancer (Argia immunda)
Added on October 02, 2021
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What

Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp (Sceliphron caementarium)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 25, 2018 08:50 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
This one is for the female wasp
Documentation shots
ID and gender confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1893543 @tfandre

Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp - Photo (c) Bill Keim, some rights reserved (CC BY)
tfandre's ID: Yellow-legged Mud-dauber Wasp (Sceliphron caementarium)
Added on October 02, 2021
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Black-legged Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum nigripes)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 25, 2018 09:15 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, off the side of the sunset bay pier
Found A New Kind Of Katydid!
My first Black-legged Meadow Katydid and she is a beauty! Her bright colors really caught my eye. Good thing I got this shot because she jumped deep in the rushes right after. This species prefers wetlands so no surprise to find her in the rushes off the side of the pier at the lake.

id and gender confirmed on bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1892635 @tfandre

Black-legged Meadow Katydid - Photo (c) Lee Elliott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
tfandre's ID: Black-legged Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum nigripes)
Added on September 26, 2021
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What

Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 18, 2018 01:07 PM CDT

Description

On my pentas
documentation shots
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1890035 @tfandre

Red-banded Hairstreak - Photo (c) Patrick Coin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
tfandre's ID: Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
Added on September 23, 2021
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What

Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia furcata)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 18, 2018 09:02 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, side of the sunset bay pier
This Is Why They Call Them Fork-tailed
This was one of the most colorful katydid nymphs I've run into. And with this shot, not only did I get it identified to species, but found out why they have that name. The male supra-anal plate is large & inflated with lobes that form a deep U, or fork shape. They are talking about the male's butt shape in layman terms. To me it looks more like a trident than a fork.
ID & gender confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1888473 @tfandre

Fork-tailed Bush Katydid - Photo (c) David Hill, some rights reserved (CC BY)
tfandre's ID: Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia furcata)
Added on September 22, 2021
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Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 4, 2018 11:12 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, side of the sunset bay pier
documentation shot, on pennywort
ID confirmed on bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1880495 @tfandre

Clouded Skipper - Photo (c) Sam Kieschnick, some rights reserved (CC BY)
tfandre's ID: Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Added on September 17, 2021
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Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 4, 2018 09:03 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Winfrey point
documentation shot
ID and gender confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1879944 @tfandre

Common Checkered-Skipper - Photo (c) Kent C. Jensen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tfandre's ID: Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Added on September 17, 2021
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Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 11, 2018 10:00 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, off the side of the sunset bay pier
This one is for the skipper
Broad-winged Skipper On Water Primrose
These aquatic flowers grow in large clumps in wetlands and attract all kinds of pollinators. This time it was a broad-winged skipper on the side of a lake pier.
Male Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)
Narrow-leaf water primrose (Ludwigia octovalvis)
id and gender of skipper confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1881653 @tfandre

Broad-winged Skipper - Photo (c) Bill Bouton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
tfandre's ID: Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)
Added on September 17, 2021
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Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 5, 2017 10:49 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Winfrey point
She blends in so well that I almost didn't see her.
ID and gender confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1632371 @tfandre

Conocephalus fasciatus fasciatus - Photo (c) Timothy Reichard, all rights reserved
tfandre's ID: Conocephalus fasciatus ssp. fasciatus, a member of Slender Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus fasciatus)
Added on September 14, 2021
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Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 4, 2018 09:03 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Winfrey Point
Male
Bless his heart he stayed still long enough for me to get a close up for once. Then he took off. So cute and fuzzy. Love the individual grass seeds too. Beauty in the details.
ID and gender confirmed here in bugguide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1879945 @tfandre

Common Checkered-Skipper - Photo (c) Kent C. Jensen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tfandre's ID: Common Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius communis)
Added on September 13, 2021
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Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 4, 2018 08:21 AM CDT

Description

White rock lake, side of the sunset bay pier
This one is for the skipper
Male Broad-winged Skipper On Broadleaf Arrowhead flowers
Love finding these skippers on the water flowers. They are only found in a few places in DFW which makes them special.
ID confirmed on bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1879225 @tfandre

Broad-winged Skipper - Photo (c) Bill Bouton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
tfandre's ID: Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)
Added on September 12, 2021
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Observer

galactic_bug_man

Date

June 25, 2017 12:01 PM CDT

Description

This is one I would encounter at another place during my Sunday morning hikes. This thing was a good sized bee fly. It was about an inch or so maybe half an inch at minimum. It was a black guy with two toned wings. It was quite an interesting little insect. I just love finding new bee flies. This one is quite interesting and a little different from things I have been observing recently. Quite an impressive one. He had a very round head and looked like a badminton birdie in design.

Hemipenthes - Photo (c) RUIZ Jean Marc, all rights reserved
tfandre's ID: Genus Hemipenthes, a member of Banded Bee Flies (Tribe Villini)
Added on September 10, 2021
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Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 27, 2018 10:12 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Winsted parking lot
Blue Beauty
She is a beauty but even cooler is that she is a female in male colors. In biology, an andromorph is a female that mimics a male. With some damselfly species, some of the females will be the male color instead of the typical female color. It is thought that they benefit from avoiding male harassment after having already mated. This is very confusing to the males and results in some males failing to reproduce due to interactions with other males rather than with females. Rambur’s forktail damselflies are one of those species and the entire phenomena is called polymorphism. The color blue is the male trait but this female is mimicking a male. This is being studied, this guy even wrote his dissertation on it: https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/31587
Andromorph Female Rambur's Forktail
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1878672 @tfandre

Rambur's Forktail - Photo (c) Graham Montgomery, all rights reserved
tfandre's ID: Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii)
Added on September 10, 2021
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Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 14, 2018 09:07 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
documentation shots, drinking dew drops. Female
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1869046 @tfandre

Poecilopompilus interruptus interruptus - Photo (c) Tracey Fandre, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
tfandre's ID: Poecilopompilus interruptus ssp. interruptus, a member of Spider Wasps (Family Pompilidae)
Added on September 08, 2021
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Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 21, 2018 09:45 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Winfrey point
documentation shot of a female black saddlebags
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1873250 @tfandre

Black Saddlebags - Photo (c) greglasley, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Greg Lasley
tfandre's ID: Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)
Added on September 07, 2021
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Four-humped Stink Bug (Brochymena quadripustulata)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

September 2, 2018 03:26 PM CDT

Description

I found this one on my outside window screen. Turned out to be a new species of stink bug for me. Also goes by rough stink bug but this is a much more fun name.

ID was confirmed by v belov in bugguide before frassing due to too many photos of this species, here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1879223
@tfandre

Four-humped Stink Bug - Photo (c) Patrick Coin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
tfandre's ID: Four-humped Stink Bug (Brochymena quadripustulata)
Added on September 07, 2021
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Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 14, 2018 09:11 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
This one is for the skipper
Shared Nectar Is Sweeter
Rain lilies come up overnight in late summer after a recent rain. The skipper and tiny ant seemed to be sharing the nectar. The ant and the lily were new species for me.
Brazos Rain-lily ( Zephyranthes chlorosolen)
Male Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
Little Black Ant (Monomorium minimum)
skipper id confirmed in bugguide here with cropped shot where butterfly wing covered the ant: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1869052 @tfandre

Least Skipper - Photo (c) Rob Van Epps, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tfandre's ID: Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor)
Added on September 06, 2021
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Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 27, 2018 10:11 AM CDT

Description

White rock lake, walking path above the spilllway
Going Steady
Before mating, damselflies will fly around together, attached like this to find out if they are compatible. This is called tandem flying. If both are then agreeable, they form a heart shape and mating takes place. Took this shot between two iron railings. The male is in front.
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1878670 @tfandre

Powdered Dancer - Photo (c) Vicki DeLoach, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
tfandre's ID: Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)
Added on September 06, 2021
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Brown-legged Grass-carrying Wasp (Isodontia auripes)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

August 14, 2018 09:07 AM CDT

Description

White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
The iridescent wings caught my attention & I was delighted to find out it was a new species for me. They get their name from the habit of carrying grass blades to their cavity nest to partition off cells for several larvae. This particular species is the only one in the genus with brown legs.
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1869043
@tfandre

Brown-legged Grass-carrying Wasp - Photo (c) Tracey Fandre, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
tfandre's ID: Brown-legged Grass-carrying Wasp (Isodontia auripes)
Added on September 04, 2021
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What

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)

Observer

kfandre

Date

June 2021

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)
Summer Tanager - Photo (c) Josh Vandermeulen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
tfandre's ID: Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)
Added on August 25, 2021
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Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona crucifera)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 28, 2021 07:53 PM CDT

Description

Photo 1:
Spooky Spider
I found out why it is not a good idea to wander around in the dark at my daughter's home. She lives in a densely wooded area. I thought I'd look for toads & moths after dark. Discovered there were tons of large spiders that dropped a line 10 to 20 feet down from tall tree branches and spun invisible webs at my face level. Almost ran into this one. Froze, used flash with my camera and captured the spider but the web remained invisible. Made for a very cool shot without my having darkened the photo, it was pitch black outside.
Photo 2:
Invisible Web
When I half pressed the shutter to make the flash light up and looked around, I saw there were spiders everwhere. So strange to see them clearly weaving webs yet not be able to see the web. I very carefully retraced my steps and decided that was enough for me.

Spotted Orbweaver - Photo (c) Michael Schmidt, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
tfandre's ID: Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona crucifera)
Added on August 19, 2021
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Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 28, 2021 11:01 AM CDT

Description

Young Male Cloudless Sulphur
Another male cloudless sulphur but this one is young & in prime condition. Yellow butterfly on yellow flowers in bright sunlight is challenging to photograph. Hope to find a caterpillar someday, they are also yellow & beautiful with black stripes.

Esperanza (Tecoma stans)
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2015027 @tfandre

Cloudless Sulphur - Photo (c) Brad Moon, all rights reserved
tfandre's ID: Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Added on August 13, 2021
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Metric Paper Wasp (Polistes metricus)

Observer

kalamurphyking

Date

July 28, 2021 10:48 AM CDT

Description

Metric Paper Wasp Nest with larvae, eggs & 2 females
This nest was under the eaves of my daughter's house. Good wasps to have near a garden as they use caterpillars to feed their larvae.

id confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2013997
@tfandre

Metric Paper Wasp - Photo (c) Monica Krancevic, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
tfandre's ID: Metric Paper Wasp (Polistes metricus)
Added on August 06, 2021
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