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The lot along US 183: a third look back

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Mecidea major Grass Stink Bug 2134A

Yesterday and the day before I mentioned the razing of a lot on the east side of US 183 adjacent to the Wendy’s and Costco in my neighborhood, and in each post I showed something I once found there. Here’s another photograph of what used to be on the site, this time from June 22, 2011. The stalk was part of a downy gaura plant, Gaura mollis; the patterned and textured insect was a grass stink bug, Mecidea major.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 26, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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  1. Great picture, Steven.


    January 26, 2013 at 7:08 AM

  2. Amazing colors, Steve, and this is a great specimen shot too! I don’t care for stink bugs, but as stink bugs go, this one looks good in a photo and has the added advantage of not stinking! 😉


    January 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    • Although this was a stinkbug, I never smelled anything, even when I was very close with my camera. Maybe the bug appreciated getting its portrait done. Thanks for reporting that you like the result, Linda.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

  3. Cool shot! I’ve seen and photographed a lot of stink bugs, but never this species. Thanks for the introduction.

    Marvin Smith

    January 26, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    • You’re welcome. This was a new one for me, too. I’ve thought that this would make a great Halloween costume for someone.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

  4. That is a stinking good photo. Colors are pretty, actually.


    January 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    • That’s a good turn of phrase in your first sentence. And yes, the bug’s colors are pretty. The patterns could make for an attractive rug.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

  5. Hi Steve,
    This is ‘covergirl’ from the 80’s. These photos are simple exquisite!!!! Thank you for sharing and I hope to see more in the future.


    January 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    • Thanks, and good to hear from you again. There are plenty of nature pictures already taken and many others still to be taken, so you’ll definitely see more. Happy impending spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM

  6. Love the segmented antennae! And it certainly is more attractive than the gray/black critter I’m familiar with. While I was looking around for pink stink bugs, I discovered there’s also a red-shouldered stink bug that’s quite attractive. The variety around us is truly astonishing.


    January 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    • Yes, it is, and some of these insects are elaborately patterned and colored. Not a season goes by that I don’t encounter new ones, which is hardly surprising, because there are so many species. Figuring out what I’ve photographed is usually the hard part, and I don’t always succeed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM

  7. beautiful shot! wow!

    thank you so much for your input on my post today. yes, after googling both western ironweed and marsh fleabane, i’d agree with your marsh fleabane i.d. of the 4 texas wildflower sites i use for reference, only one showed a small shot of western ironweed and none showed marsh fleabane. glad we have great blog readers to help! 🙂


    January 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

  8. Nice bug ! And great shot !


    January 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    • Agreed, and thanks. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one of these bugs again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      • Steve, I’m becoming sadder by the minute whenever I hear you say, now, and in other posts, that you don’t believe you’ve seen them again! I’m fully aware of Man’s destructive nature, but this is really bringing it home to me! Boo-hoo, literally! Your posts are a reserve for future generations, to see what has been destroyed by us. Thank you for doing this. (Am I sounding mushy…..)
        PS: It is a beautiful insect but not a lovely name. Great photo, steve!


        January 27, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        • There are so many species of insects that my not seeing a specific one for a long time probably isn’t cause for alarm. When it comes to habitat, though, over the last 14 years I’ve been informally ending up with some before/after pictures showing how certain properties looked when they were in a state of nature and then during or after “development”. Much continues to be lost.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 27, 2013 at 11:57 PM

          • Exactly! I think you should become a wildflowers/insects warrior and make sure the local council (probably your county offices) re-plants some of these wild plants elsewhere, so that nature can restore itself. We do it here! Why can’t you? National Parks are not the only answer to handling such issues.

            We have dotted throughout our small towns and suburbs of bigger cities, like Melbourne, something called a ‘reserve’. Yes, it is usually a small green space that people can use, but which is planted appropriately with natives. Birds, bees, insects, flowers, etc love these reserves, as well as the people. We are very thankful for them. How about it, steve?! :O)


            January 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

            • Actually Austin is better than most places in the United States when it comes to setting aside land as nature preserves. There are also various projects in the area to remove alien invasive plant species and restore native ones. One prime mover is The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which not only does research but aids in carrying out such projects. You can read about some of the organization’s projects at


              One restoration project that the Wildflower Center has consulted on is the one at the former Mueller Airport here. You can see some pictures I’ve taken there if you search for “Mueller” using the search box in the upper right portion of my blog page.

              Steve Schwartzman

              January 28, 2013 at 5:23 AM

  9. Amazing colours and details! 🙂


    January 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

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