2016 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz

I'm collecting all my observations for the 2016 Texas Pollinators Bioblitz in this journal entry. Here's the project:
http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2016-texas-pollinator-bioblitz

Saturday Oct 8

The first day I participated by spending a couple hours in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail in my northwest Austin neighborhood. I think my favorite pollinator was a White-striped Longtail butterfly that allowed me to get some pretty good shots. Here's one:

White-striped Longtail on Maximilian Sunflower - 3

Hanging around for that long in the patch of sunflowers was rewarding. When I first arrived at around 9:45 AM it was cool enough that not many insects were active, and I got to experience them appearing and becoming widespread as the temperature warmed up. It was also nice to go out with a different purpose than usual. I was concentrating on finding pollinators. And I found a few interesting ones that I hope to get help identifying. Like this small bee, which does not appear to be a European Honeybee:

Bee on Maximilian Sunflower - 3

Hopefully I'll have time to find a few more pollinators tomorrow!

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, October 08, 2016 21:42

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Daisy Family Family Asteraceae

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 09:27 AM CDT

Description

SaveThePollinators

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Maximilian Sunflower Helianthus maximiliani

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 09:34 AM CDT

Description

SaveThePollinators

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Giant Ragweed Ambrosia trifida

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 09:47 AM CDT

Description

SaveThePollinators

Photos / Sounds

What

Maximilian Sunflower Helianthus maximiliani

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 09:57 AM CDT

Description

SaveThePollinators

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Clouded Skipper Lerema accius

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:02 AM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Hackberry Emperor Asterocampa celtis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 11:05 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

American Snout Libytheana carinenta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 11:04 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Mestra Mestra amymone

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:58 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz.

Photos / Sounds

What

Bold Jumping Spider Phidippus audax

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:50 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Mexican Cactus Fly Copestylum mexicanum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:46 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Parallel Leafcutter Bee Megachile parallela

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:41 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

I'm pretty sure this is a bee, but I don't think it's a European Honeybee.

Photos / Sounds

What

White-striped Longtail Chioides albofasciatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:40 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Parallel Leafcutter Bee Megachile parallela

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:30 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

I'm pretty sure this is a bee, but I don't think it's a European Honeybee.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Parallel Leafcutter Bee Megachile parallela

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:29 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

I'm pretty sure this is a bee, but I don't think it's a European Honeybee.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

American Snout Libytheana carinenta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:22 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:28 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:18 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Clouded Skipper Lerema accius

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 09:53 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Northern Plushback Palpada vinetorum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 10:10 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Greenbottle Flies Genus Lucilia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 09:52 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Clouded Skipper Lerema accius

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 8, 2016 09:50 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Day 2 of TPWD's Pollinator Bioblitz in a big patch of Maximilian Sunflowers on Lake Creek Trail.

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