Biodiversity Walk April 2016
Early in each month, I take a walk and see how many different species I can spy in an hour or two. Here are some of the ones who held still for the camera yesterday. You can click on a picture to see a larger image.
Anole. I saw 3 total.
Red-bellied Woodpecker. I also saw a Downy.
White-breasted Nuthatch. This one was very exciting, because it is a new species here on the farm, bringing our total to 88!
Red-tailed Hawk. The picture is blurry but at least it is good for ID purposes.
Cloudywing butterfly. It is in the skipper family and is about one and a half inches across.
This wolf spider was only about an inch long, about half the size of the ones I usually see. It has lost two back legs.
I think this is a stink bug, Perillus, but I don’t know the species.
Little Wood Satyr butterfly. For the last two weeks, I have seen dozens flying around every time I go for a walk.
I believe this is an Oklahoma Clubtail dragonfly, but it might be an Ashy Clubtail. I saw several of these.
I saw tons of bees, but I don’t know their names, and they won’t stay still long enough to get good pictures.
The bees were all after these yaupon blossoms, which are very tiny, only a few millimeters across.
I believe this is a Scudder’s stick mantis, Oligonicella scudderi. It had wings which means it’s a male. I read about it in the great book Insects of the Texas Lost Pines.
All in all I saw 13 species of birds, 3 reptiles, 1 amphibian, 3 arachnids, and 11 species of insects I could identify.