Nalle Bunny Run Group Walk 2016-10-15

Yesterday morning four folks joined me for the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. These are general nature observation walks, but usually we concentrate on finding birds more than anything else because birds are what I know best. Yesterday instead we focused on pollinators and the plants they were on, as part of TPWD's 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz. Attached are our resulting plant and pollinator observations.

When you think of pollinators, butterflies and bees come to mind. But there are many others, including many flies, hemipterans, wasps, and more. In addition to the european Honey Bees we have many species of native bees. My favorite yesterday was this tiny bee covered in white hair with blue eyes. I hope someone on iNaturalist will help me identify it!

Native Bee on Prairie False Foxglove (Agalinis heterophylla)

The most common butterfly of the morning was the white and orange Common Mestra. We saw a hundred at least! This has been a very successful year for this species, maybe because their inconspicuous host plant, Noseburn, is also doing very well this year. Here's a photo of one on its host plant:
Common Mestra on Noseburn

Frostweed was the most common flowering plant, and that's where we found the most pollinators. Here's a Queen butterfly on a large patch:
Queen on Frostweed

You might notice that the Queen butterfly above looks very similar to a Monarch butterfly. We found both yesterday, but we found more Queens than Monarchs. I only got one photograph of a Monarch, also on Frostweed:
Monarch on Frostweed

The most exciting butterfly observation was of a Zebra Heliconian that just briefly flew by us. Unfortunately I wasn't able to photograph it.

Here are a few pollinators that were not bees or butterflies. See the same photos on the attached observations to see what they are.

Beetle Pollinator

Bee Fly on Bitterweed (Helenium amarum)

Bug on Frostweed

Black and orange Wasp on Frostweed

Here's our complete bird list.
And here are a few more photos on Flickr.

Special thanks to @billdodd for helping us identify plants, and for finding the tiny patch of Alabama Lipfern below!

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, October 16, 2016 19:00

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Green Lynx Spider Peucetia viridans

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 11:27 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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American Snout Libytheana carinenta

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October 15, 2016 11:30 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 11:33 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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American Snout Libytheana carinenta

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Date

October 15, 2016 11:30 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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October 15, 2016 10:58 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Clouded Skipper Lerema accius

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Date

October 15, 2016 11:08 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

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Date

October 15, 2016 10:56 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Monarch Danaus plexippus

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Date

October 15, 2016 10:56 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Striped Sweat Bees Genus Agapostemon

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Date

October 15, 2016 10:47 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Queen Danaus gilippus

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:56 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Alabama Lipfern Myriopteris alabamensis

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:43 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Spot-sided Leaf-footed Bug Hypselonotus punctiventris

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Date

October 15, 2016 10:47 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Dusky-blue Groundstreak Calycopis isobeon

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October 15, 2016 10:41 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Banded Bee Flies Tribe Villini

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Date

October 15, 2016 10:36 AM CDT

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Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Southern Yellowjacket Vespula squamosa

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:41 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Prairie False Foxglove Agalinis heterophylla

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:24 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Greenbottle Flies Genus Lucilia

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:27 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:08 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Queen Danaus gilippus

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Date

October 15, 2016 10:21 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Spotted Cucumber Beetle Diabrotica undecimpunctata

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:06 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Date

October 15, 2016 10:03 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Common Mestra Mestra amymone

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:52 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Pearl Crescent Phyciodes tharos

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:01 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Cardinal Jumping Spider Phidippus cardinalis

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:47 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Common Mestra Mestra amymone

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:44 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

Common Mestra was by far the most common butterfly on this morning, and we saw at least 100. This photo shows one on its host plant, Noseburn.

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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:42 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Queen Danaus gilippus

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:36 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Queen Danaus gilippus

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:37 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:24 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Sleepy Orange Abaeis nicippe

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:27 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Coyote Canis latrans

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:58 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Annual Saltmarsh Aster Symphyotrichum subulatum

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:12 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:24 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Frostweed Verbesina virginica

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:36 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Noseburns Genus Tragia

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:44 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Frostweed Verbesina virginica

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:21 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Christmas Cholla Cylindropuntia leptocaulis

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 09:37 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Agarita Berberis trifoliolata

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mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:08 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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Bitterweed Helenium amarum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 15, 2016 10:36 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This month we focused on finding pollinators for the 2016 Texas Pollinator Bioblitz organized by TPWD.

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