Brazos Bend SP - 7 Day Itch

Life is just barely slowing for the summer. Spring Interns are 'graduated' which means I have time to myself for an entire Friday. No Saturday classes to plan for or communicate about! Two of the CPC interns joined Scott and me on today's hike, all social-distancing, of course.

We took the prairie walk so they could see all three species of Vervain and distinguish between the three: V. brazilian, V. halei, and V. xutha. The dragonflies were all out, as were the mating butterflies. The surprise of the day was the Reakirt's Blue in the prairie, as well as the GIANT wolf spider off the path. Scott mistook it for a tarantula, it was so big.

After our friends parted ways, we marched on a bit further. Sadly, photos of juvenile Barred Owls did not turn out well enough for ID, but while Scott was bench-napping, I was able to record some parent calling back and forth with cicadas singing in the background.

The rookery was also in full swing. I found it funny that iNaturalist had 'monkey' right up top to name the juvenile ibises. I guess AI was confused by the striped bills and the ugly little faces (only a Mama could love).

All-in-all, another great hike at BBSP, third week straight. We'll see if next Friday pans out for another day trip. crossing fingers

Nice to see you again, #MyBrazos. (PS - I included the handful of observations from yesterday's volunteer stint.)

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, May 29, 2020 22:48

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American Germander Teucrium canadense

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May 28, 2020 12:24 PM CDT

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Twin-flagged Jumping Spider Anasaitis canosa

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May 28, 2020 11:34 AM CDT

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Sylvan Jumping Spider Colonus sylvanus

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May 28, 2020 12:59 PM CDT

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Tiger Moths and Allies Subfamily Arctiinae

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May 29, 2020 07:43 AM CDT

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Spilosoma?

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Giant Lichen Orbweaver Araneus bicentenarius

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May 29, 2020 08:26 AM CDT

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Fragile Dapperling Leucocoprinus fragilissimus

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May 29, 2020 08:28 AM CDT

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Rushes Genus Juncus

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May 29, 2020 09:01 AM CDT

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Juncus marginatus?

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

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May 29, 2020 09:14 AM CDT

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Goldenrods Genus Solidago

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May 29, 2020 09:24 AM CDT

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Oderata?

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May 29, 2020 09:26 AM CDT

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May 29, 2020 09:29 AM CDT

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Tigrosa helluo? This guy was very large, 1.5” body, 4” dia with legs.

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St. John's Worts Genus Hypericum

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May 29, 2020 09:40 AM CDT

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Common Slider Trachemys scripta

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May 29, 2020 10:39 AM CDT

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Finishing the nest.

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Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi

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May 29, 2020 10:55 AM CDT

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Swamp Rabbit Sylvilagus aquaticus

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May 29, 2020 06:46 AM CDT

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Tropical Checkered-Skipper Burnsius oileus

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May 29, 2020 11:58 AM CDT

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Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea

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May 29, 2020 11:32 AM CDT

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Intricate Satyr Hermeuptychia intricata

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May 29, 2020 10:43 AM CDT

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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

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May 29, 2020 10:39 AM CDT

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Slaty Skimmer Libellula incesta

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May 29, 2020 10:14 AM CDT

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Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola

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May 29, 2020 08:35 AM CDT

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Spider-hunting Wasps Family Pompilidae

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May 29, 2020 08:10 AM CDT

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Four-spotted Pennant Brachymesia gravida

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May 29, 2020 07:56 AM CDT

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Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia

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May 29, 2020 07:56 AM CDT

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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May 29, 2020 07:54 AM CDT

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Four-spotted Pennant Brachymesia gravida

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May 29, 2020 07:06 AM CDT

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White Ibis Eudocimus albus

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May 29, 2020 06:53 AM CDT

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Two-spotted Long-horned Bee Melissodes bimaculatus

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May 29, 2020 04:20 PM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Northern Parula Setophaga americana

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May 29, 2020 07:18 AM CDT

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Wild Indigo Duskywing Erynnis baptisiae

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May 29, 2020 07:50 AM CDT

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Red-legged Grasshopper Melanoplus femurrubrum

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May 29, 2020 07:48 AM CDT

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so is the Fragile Dapperting a kind of mushroom? Looks pretty small.

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Hi @margohj, I'm just seeing your comment! For some reason, iNat doesn't notify me of these on the iPhone app activity section, only when I'm on the computer. Yes, it's a mushroom. They were everywhere that day.

Posted by dirtnkids 20 days ago (Flag)

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