Jan 212014
 
Greater Angle-wing Katydid - Animal or Vegetable?

I found this unusual looking insect just off the stoop of my house. So effective is its camouflage that I had to do a double-take just be sure if I was looking at a plant or animal here. As you can see this insect’s wonderful camouflage gives it the appearance of a lush green leaf

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Dec 162013
 
Barn Spider - Under an Eave at Evening

I found this Barn Spider (possibly a Neoscona crucifera) under the eave of a small building. This spider is an orb weaver and creates a large web of the traditional form. Webs of this spider can often be two or more feet in diameter. Spiders can be notoriously difficult to identify precisely, and that is

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Nov 082013
 
Common Wood Nymph - Ground Level

A Common Wood Nymph observed in a field near Lewisville Lake. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about these dainty butterflies: The Common Wood-nymph (Cercyonis pegala) is a North American butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is also known as the Wood-nymph, Grayling, Blue-eyed Grayling, and the Goggle Eye. The Common Wood-nymph can vary

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Nov 042013
 
Obscure Bird Grasshopper - Into Autumn

A large Obscure Bird Grasshopper photographed in The Colony, Texas. Observation Details County – Denton City – The Colony Date – Nov 7, 2009 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Agricultural-Pasture Type of Behavior – Stationary Gender – Female Maturity – Adult Observer – Chris Jackson Main

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Oct 302013
 
Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Calloway's

A Black and Yellow Garden Spider discovered on a rose bush at Colloway’s Nursey in Richardson, Texas Observation Details County – Dallas City – Richardson Date – Oct 26, 2013 Time of Day – Afternoon Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Overcast Habitat – Commercial-Retail Type of Behavior – Stationary Gender – Female Maturity –

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Oct 092013
 
Western Clouded Grasshopper - Camouflaged

This photograph of a Western Clouded Grasshopper comes to us courtesy of David Mimlitch. Note the insect’s remarkable and effective camouflage. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Dallas Date – Oct 2, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Windy Habitat – Undeveloped-Wooded Type of Behavior – Roaming Gender

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Oct 032013
 
Spotted Bird Grasshopper - Aposematic Form

This grasshopper caused quite a stir when we first tried to identify her. Clearly a bird grasshopper of some kind, I expected that finding the exact species would be quite easy for such a strikingly colored bug. Boy, was I wrong. After scouring the internet for hours I finally turned up exactly ONE photograph of

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Oct 022013
 
Funnel Weaver - Bullet Hole

Sometimes when I am in the woods I come across strange and unusual things. This observation is a good case in point. I found this relic mid-1980s model Dodge pickup truck near Old Alton Bridge. It was located nearly a quarter mile form the nearest road, and had certainly been there for years—maybe even decades.

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Sep 142013
 
Common Green Darter - Unmistakable

A male Common Green Darter at the Bittern Marsh in the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA). Observation Details County – Denton City – Lewisville Date – Aug 11, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C) Weather – Clear Habitat – Undeveloped-Wooded Type of Behavior – Stationary Gender – Male

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Sep 112013
 
Black and Yellow Garden Spider - Saving Some for Later

A Black and Yellow Garden Spider lording over a recently cached insect. The hapless bug has been envenomed and wrapped in silk, so that the spider can feed at its leisure. Observation Details County – Dallas City – Hutchins Date – Aug 3, 2013 Time of Day – Morning Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather –

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Sep 082013
 
Eurasian Collared-dove - In Comparison

We have several varieties of doves here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Two of them are illustrated in this article. On the left is the Eurasian Collared-dove—an invasive species that is rapidly expanding its range in the United States. The dove on the right is a White-winged Dove. This dove has also recently expanded its

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