Aug 162013
 
American White Pelican - Nonmigratory

This is a sizable congregation of nonmigratory American White Pelicans photographed at Lake Lewisville. While I watched the initial group was joined by around a dozen additional pelicans flying in from the west. Wikipedia has this to say about American White Pelicans: The German naturalist Johann Friedrich Gmelin described the American White Pelican in 1789.

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Aug 162013
 
American Bird Grasshopper - Almost as Big

This large American Bird Grasshopper was photographed on a Lake Lewisville floodplain. He was just one of what must have millions of grasshoppers—of multiple species—living in the tall vegetation in this area. Observation Details County – Denton City – Lake Lewisville Date – Jul 20, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)

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Aug 162013
 
Velvet Ant - Male

This is a male Velvet Ant—males have wings and females do not. In spite of its name the Velvet ant is actually a wasp. This large insect is also commonly referred to as a “Cow Killer” because of its powerful and painful sting. Photograph courtesy Penny Halstead. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Hutchins

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