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From Monday to Wednesday

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On Monday evening, October 23rd, I bought a copy of John Abbott’s Damselflies of Texas. On Wednesday at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center I photographed these two reddish damselflies in the penultimate stage of their mating sequence on a fern. Thanks to the field guide I’d so recently come home with, I identified them as desert firetails, Telebasis salva. They’re small, with a body length of from 24–29mm, or roughly one inch.

I see that the Spanish name for this damselfly is caballito del diablo. That means ‘little horse of the devil,’ presumably because of the red color. If you’d like to see more details of these little devil’s horses, click the excerpt below.

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December 1, 2017 at 7:40 AM

Skipper on Gregg’s mistflower

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While at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on October 25th I couldn’t help noticing that the Gregg’s mistflowers (Conoclinium greggii) in particular acted as scent magnets for many butterflies, including several types of skippers. Thanks to Dan Hardy for identifying this one as a female sachem (Atalopedes campestris).

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November 28, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Do you see it?

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Here from my neighborhood on October 21st are some buds and flowers of Ageratina havanensis, known as shrubby boneset, white mistflower, and Havana snakeroot.

Did you notice the little visitor?

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November 25, 2017 at 4:43 AM

Spittlebug on resin bush

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My first visit in a good while to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center came on October 25th. During that photo foray I noticed a resin bush (Viguiera stenoloba) with plenty of spittlebug spittle on it. For a closer look, click the excerpt below.

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November 21, 2017 at 4:54 AM

Appontiament with a butterfly

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No, the title of today’s post isn’t a typo. It’s my way of saying that the butterfly in this August 26th photograph belongs to the genus Pontia. Chris Kotzer of bugguide.net thought it might be Pontia occidentalis, known as the western white. No doubt this butterfly and others were drawn to the asters that managed to thrive even in the dry ground of the badlands in Alberta’s Midland Provincial Park.

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November 16, 2017 at 4:51 AM

Relentless, relenting

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All that gorgeously relentless yellow you saw last time in a field of Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) in far north Austin on October 12th has led me to relent and give you this much closer view of a monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) that I photographed there that day.

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November 11, 2017 at 5:02 AM

I am monarch of all I survey

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Unlike the narrator in Cowper’s poem, the first line of which is this post’s title, what I surveyed in far north Austin on October 12th was a colony of Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) with monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) and other insects busily working them.

I’ve taken much closer pictures of monarchs over the years and even on October 12th. I chose to show this more-distant photograph because I wanted to emphasize how relentlessly yellow the Maximilian sunflower colony appeared to me with the sun’s rays shining through the flowers’ rays.

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November 10, 2017 at 4:28 AM

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