Saturday, September 24, 2005

ENV: Observations


Clear, hot and breezy here today so i went in the field for a bit this a.m. and will probably do some this afternoon. Also was working the lights last night. Posted below are some of the critters i managed to photograph.

Interesting was another new moth for me -- Sad Underwing Moth. These are fairly large moths. I disturbed one while i was working the Patch this morning. It fluttered off a pecan tree and landed on another. I followed it there to take pics and flushed another. By looking around the base of the pecan i found two more -- four all on the same pecan, less than three feet off the ground. Whenever flushed they would return to the same pecan or go to another. I was reminded of Crackers.

Butterfly activity finally picking up but by no means at usual levels. The Patch seems to be peaking and i suspect that good late summer rains may have forced the flowering and the leps are a step behind.

TX: Kerr Co., Rio Vista, The Patch (field with mostly Cowpen Daisy, Frostweed, Maxmilian Sunflower, Mealy Sage, Woolly Mullein, and Snow-on-the-Mountain in bloom), adjacent to the Guadalupe River, observation include the LWC on the river. 24 September 2005, 9:30-11:30 a.m. while Hurricane Rita was ravaging East Texas -- weather here hot, clear, breezy, occasional wispy clouds; & 4:00-6:00 p.m. with spaced, scattered Cumulus clouds. Also includes Riverview Lodge, office, Duranta garden, and Rancho Vista during remainder of day.

Update: Lights back up this evening. I could tell almost immediately that in addition to a continuing mayfly emergence (of some variety), there was also going to be a midge emergence and a cricket emergence. The crickets arriving usually bodes well for a lot of things.
Sure enough on my first full visit to the lightsheet there was a fair number of midges and crickets. I went to check the big mercury-vapor light to see if the crickets were high there -- that usually brings in bats. Not great but still a few around -- i could see bats, and one skunk.

So i went over and got pics of the skunk and tried my technique on bats ( i haven't used it in a few years, but did okay). By the time i was ready to leave there were four skunks and i had a few pictures with all four in the frame. I decided to get some film of the bunch, so went for the DV camera.

When i got back only three skunks were still present and one was headed elsewhere. The remaining two however put on a show. I was able to get a couple of quick clips of the bats as well -- most likely Mexican Freetails.

I stopped by the lightsheet on the way back and there was another Melonworm Moth -- and of course with the DV camera in hand i was able to get some footage

More updates if the night warrants. Will also be posting pictures as i work them.

4 Beelzebub Bee-eater, Mallophora leschenaultii
6 Green-eyed Red Robber Fly *ph

1 Bee Fly sp. ph

+ Fire Ant
10 Orangebutt Wasp ph
2 Gunmetal black Wasp
1 Orange eyespot Wasp
20 Honeybee

1 Weevil sp. ph

40 large Cicada sp.

1 Obscure Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca obscura
1 Gray Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca nitens ph
several sp. Tettigoniids
many grasshopper sp. ph
+ cf. Fall Field Cricket, Gryllus cf. pensylvanicus ph f
2 cf Ground Cricket sp.m Allonemobius sp. ph f
1 Pale Mantis ph

4 Sad Underwing Moth, Catocala maestoso ph
3 Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth, Hyproprepia miniata ph
1 Orange Holomelina Moth, Holomelina aurantiaca
1 Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Atteva punctella ph
1 Melonworm Moth, Diaphania hyalinata ph f
several sp. of Geometrid Moths ph

3 Giant Swallowtail ph
2 Black Swallowtail ph
12 Pipevine Swallowtail ph
4 Large Orange Sulphur ph
4 Southern Dogface ph
4 Little Yellow ph
2 Dainty Sulphur ph
3 Cloudless Sulphur
15 Sleepy Orange ph
40 Gray Hairstreak ph
1 Dusky-Blue Groundstreak ph
3 Bordered Patch ph
2 Vesta Crescent
1 Phaon Crescent ph
1 Theona Checkerspot ph
3 Tawny Emperor ph
1 Red-spotted Purple
5 Gulf Fritillary ph
6 Painted Lady ph
18 Queen ph
2 Goatweed Leafwing ph
3 Funereal Duskywing ph
1 False Duskywing *
6 Sachem * ph
1 Ocola Skipper ph
3 Clouded Skipper
20 Fiery Skipper ph
2 Julia's Skipper

20 American Rubyspot, Hetaerina americana
1 Smoky Rubyspot, Hetaerina titia
1 Neotropical Bluet, Enallagma novaehispaniae
340 Dusky Dancer, Argia translata
60 Comanche Dancer, Argia barretti ph
4 Powdered Dancer, Argia moesta
80 Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula
3 Blue-fronted Dancer, Argia apicalis
2 Common Green Darner, Anax junius
1 Gomphid sp. A
1 Gomphid sp. B
4 Eastern Ringtail, Erpetogomphus designatus ph
4 Pale-faced Clubskimmer, Brechmorhoga mendax
8 Swift Setwing, Dythemis velox
2 Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea ph
1 Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennis * (second observation in Kerr Co., NCR*)

seven species of Ephemeroptera ph f

1 Ant Lion sp. ph f

1 Common Carp
1 Bluegill
1 Black-tailed Shiner

6 Blanchard's Cricket Frog
1 Rio Grande Leopard Frog

6 Turkey Vulture
8 Black Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk ph
2 Great Horned Owl
100 White-winged Dove
1 Mourning Dove
2 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
8 Blue Jay
3 Carolina Wren
1 Bewick's Wren
1 Winter Wren (FOS, early?)
2 Carolina Chickadee
2 Black-crested Titmouse
3 Eastern Bluebird
1 Yellow Warbler
4 Northern Cardinal
2 House Finch
1 Dickscissel
20 sparrow sp.
2 Lesser Goldfinch

8 Bat sp. (prob. Mexican Freetailed, Tadarida mexicana/brasiliensis) ph f
4 Striped Skunk ph f
12 White-tailed Deer
6 Axis Deer

In Ingram
8 Eurasian Collared-Dove
10 Barn Swallow
1 Carolina Wren
40 Great-tailed Grackle




Sad Underwing Moth
, Catocala maestoso




Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth, Hyproprepia miniata




Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Atteva punctella





Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes




Little Yellow, Eurema lisa




Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe




Southern Dogface, Colias cesonia




Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus




Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui




Theona Checkerspot, Thessalia theona
harassing a Bordered Patch




Bordered Patch, Chlosyne lacinia adjutrix




Tawny Emperor, Asterocampa clyton






Queen, Danaus gilippus






Funereal Duskywing, Erynnis funeralis




Ocola Skipper, Panoquina ocola




Sachem, Atalopedes campestris






Six Species of Mayfly in order of increasing size. All came to halogen lights last night and tonight.














cf. Bee Fly sp.




Gray Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca nitens




Fall Field Cricket, Gryllus pensylvanica




Ground Cricket sp., Allonemobius sp.





Pale Mantis sp.




Comanche Dancer, Argia barretti




Bat sp. (prob. Mex Freetail, Tadarida mexicanus)








Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis









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