Government Canyon State Natural Area 2019-04-21

I spent Easter Sunday with Meredith Edgley O'reilly visiting Government Canyon State Natural Area just northwest of San Antonio. What a fun day! We covered about 5 miles of the Lytle's Loop front country trail. Highlights included an unseen singing Olive Sparrow (which only got identified here on iNat), a Texas Wafer Ashe tree full of swallow-tail butterfly caterpillars, and a Pipevine Swallowtail laying eggs! See the attached observations.

Here's our complete eBird list.

And here are the same photos on Flickr.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, April 24, 2019 00:38

Observations

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What

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:24 AM CDT

Description

Can anyone help ID this bird song heard on Government Canyon State Natural Area? Could it be a Dickcissel?

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What

Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 01:59 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Coffee-loving Pyrausta Moth Pyrausta tyralis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 01:19 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

I was excited to spot this tiny moth and get some photos of it. I've never heard of it! "Coffee-loving?"

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What

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 12:52 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 12:37 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 12:26 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

Plant is phlox.

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What

Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 12:12 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

Something I've never seen before that Meredith spotted was this Pipevine Swallotail butterfly searching for its hostplant near the ground and laying eggs on it!

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What

Kiowa Dancer Argia immunda

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 12:03 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 12:06 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

On the 5 miles of trail we walked, I estimated there were 30 singing Painted Buntings!

Insects

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What

Insects Class Insecta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 11:28 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

On Texas Wafer Ashe.

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What

Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 12:01 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Common Swallowtails Genus Papilio

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 11:23 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

Meredith was super excited to find several swallow-tailed butterfly caterpillars in different stages of development on this Texas Wafer Ashe. She even found at least one egg!

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Swallowtails Genus Papilio

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 11:27 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

Meredith was super excited to find several swallow-tailed butterfly caterpillars in different stages of development on this Texas Wafer Ashe. She even found at least one egg!

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What

Common Swallowtails Genus Papilio

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 11:22 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

Meredith was super excited to find several swallow-tailed butterfly caterpillars in different stages of development on this Texas Wafer Ashe. She even found at least one egg!

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What

Common Swallowtails Genus Papilio

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 11:21 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

Meredith was super excited to find several swallow-tailed butterfly caterpillars in different stages of development on this Texas Wafer Ashe. She even found at least one egg!

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What

Texas Yellow Star Lindheimera texana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 11:10 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

There's a European Honey Bee on the left flower.

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What

Sheetweb and Dwarf Weavers Family Linyphiidae

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:57 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Brasil Condalia hookeri

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:46 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Two-leaved Senna Senna roemeriana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:38 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Shrubby Copperleaf Acalypha phleoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:32 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

Photos / Sounds

What

Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:27 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

Plant is a phlox.

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What

Prairie Larkspur Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:28 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Drummond's Skullcap Scutellaria drummondii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:13 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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What

Blue Curls Phacelia congesta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 21, 2019 10:18 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Lytle's Loop front country trail on Government Canyon State Natural Area with Meredith Edgley O'reilly.

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