Wednesday, September 28, 2005

ENV: Observations

Again, early in the a.m. there's a blast of tiny mayflies.

I've been having to battle fire ants a bit -- they've figured out that bugs die and fall off the sheet and there's a ready mail awaiting. Some have tried to climb up on the sheet but i put a stop to that part. Otherwise i'm herding with judicious spraying. Still it seems rather odd to be trying to draw insects and then to battle them.

I also had my first cockroach at the sheet tonight. That one i've been expecting. Actually it was at the bait -- the only things drawn to that so far are a katydid last night and the roach tonight. WIll work the orthopterans a little better soon.

I found a wing of a Vine Sphinx at the lights, so the one that flew in last night was not the only one about. Looks like the fire ants took care of the other.

At dawn, there were four sphinx moths at the mercury-vapor light. Two were huge, and though i first thought they were different species i now think they may be the same based on distant pictures (they are Five-spotted Hawkmoths). I haven't IDed them yet though. There was also a White-lined Sphinx, dwarfed by the other two, and a smaller Erynnyis type (and Obscure Sphinx). While i was trying to get photos a Golden-fronted Woodpecker flew in and picked it off. Lots of smaller moths around.

P.m. update: Well, the butterflies have finally arrived! And not a minute too late as the flowers are beginning to fade. Good stuff today at The Patch and the Duranta. And numbers like i haven't seen in a couple of years. Just excellent. Working to see if a couple of things i photographed are new county records -- one i've seen a few times before but never collected or photographed (Great Southern White). The other is a lifer, though i've looked southward for it. Nice to finally get it (White-M Hairstreak). Updates later. . .

Update: Both species have been previously documented in the county so no big records -- but big for me. Also my first Eastern Tailed-Blues besides my first one. And later my first county Black Setwing. Pretty exciting day all told (especially considering it hit 104 here -- and we're at 2000' -- i feel for you lowlanders). Photos coming tonight sometime (well maybe i the next couple of days -- too much work to do).

Perhaps in anticipation of a change in weather there's almost nothing out late -- at the lights or the sheet.

TX: Kerr Co., Rio Vista 28 September 2005
1 Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Atteva punctella ph
6 Ironweed Root Moth, Polygrammodes flavidalis ph
1 Melonworm Moth, Diaphania hyalinata ph
[1 Vine Sphinx, Eumorpha vitis, dead/wing]
2 Five-spotted Sphinx, Manduca quinquemaculata ph
1 White-lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata ph
1 Obscure Sphinx, Erynnyis obscura ph
[3 Sphinx sp., dead/wings]
1 cf. Pyrausta sp. I ph
1 cf. Pyrausta sp. II ph
1 Texas Wasp Moth, Horama panthalon texana

25 Pipevine Swallowtail ph
6 Giant Swallowtail ph
1 Spicebush Swallowtail
4 Black Swallowtail ph
2 Great Southern White ph
5 Cloudless Sulphur
7 Large Orange Sulphur ph
10 Southern Dogface ph
2 Orange Sulphur
35 Sleepy Orange ph
16 Little Yellow
40 Dainty Sulphur ph
2 Lyside ph
60 Gray Hairstreak ph
1 White-M Hairstreak ph (new for me)
1 Scrub-Hairstreak sp. ph (unable to identify)
5 Eastern Tailed-Blue ph (only the second+ i've ever seen here)
8 Reakirt's Blue ph
1 Ceraunus Blue ph
1 American Lady
150 Common Buckeye ph
75 Bordered Patch ph
8 Graphic Crescent
24 Phaon Crescent ph
5 Tawny Emperor
50 Gulf Fritillary ph
6 Variegated Fritillary ph
1 American Snout ph
300 Queen ph
6 Monarch ph
3 Funereal Duskywing
2 False Duskywing ph
7 Common/White Checkered-Skipper ph
1 Julia's Skipper
1 Eufala Skipper ph
5 Clouded Skipper ph
40 Fiery Skipper ph
90 Sachem ph

1 American Cockroach
30 Fall Field Cricket, Gryllus pensylvanica
1 Ground Cricket sp.
1 Handsome Grasshopper, Syrbula admirabilis
3 Obscure Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca obscura
+ hundreds small grasshoppers

+ Green Hemiptera sp.
1 Wheelbug sp.

1 Tiger Beetle sp. I
1 Tiger Beetle sp. II ph

2 Ischnura sp.
11 Orange-striped Threadtail, Protoneura cara
30 American Rubyspot, Hetaerina americana
6 Smoky Rubyspot, Hetaerina titia
1 Neotropical Bluet, Enallagma novaehispaniae
40 Double-striped Bluet, Enallagma basidens
25 Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile ph
200 Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula
300 Dusky Dancer, Argia translata
1 Powdered Dancer, Argia moesta
1 Kiowa Dancer, Argia immunda
1 Aztec Dancer, Argia nahuana
6 Comanche Dancer, Argia barretti
3 Common Green Darner, Anax junius
2 Eastern Ringtail, Erpetogomphus designatus
1 Gomphid sp.
12 Swift Setwing, Dythemis velox ph

+ 5 sp. Mayfly

2 Large Cicada sp.

1 Beelzebub Bee-eater, Mallophora leschenaulti
8 Green-eyed Red Robber Fly sp.

+ Fire Ants
1 Gunmetal Blue Wasp sp.
30 Redbutt Wasp sp.
1 Hornet sp.
++ Honeybee

1 Praticolella berlandieriana *(another first alive in the county for me)
1 Stenotrema leai *
1 Polygyra sp. *
1 Polygyra mooreana *
2 Rumina decollata *
1 Helicodiscus sp. *
1 Planorbella anceps anceps *
+ Corbicula fluminea

100 Black-tailed Shiner
1 Greenthroat Darter
20 Bluegill
1 Largemouth Bass

40 Blanchard's Cricket Frog

3 Texas Slider

2 Black Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 American Kestrel
1 Eastern Screech-Owl
1 Great Horned Owl
2 Mourning Dove
10 White-winged Dove
1 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
9 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
2 Blue Jay
2 Carolina Wren
1 Canyon Wren
4 Carolina Chickadee
3 Black-crested Titmouse
9 Common Bushtit ph
3 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting (overhead migrants)
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
5 House Finch
1 Lesser Goldfinch

6 Bat sp.
1 Virginia Opossum
2 Fox Squirrel
3 Striped Skunk
1 Feral Cat
1 Elk
2 Axis Deer
30 White-tailed Deer

TX: Kerr Co., Ingram Dam Lake, 28 September 2005
1 Bagworm Moth ph

4 Pipevine Swallowtail
2 Black Swallowtail ph
1 Cloudless Sulphur
1 Large Orange Sulphur
4 Southern Dogface
4 Orange Sulphur ph
40 Sleepy Orange
5 Dainty Sulphur
2 Gray Hairstreak
1 Reakirt's Blue
10 Common Buckeye
15 Bordered Patch
2 Graphic/Phaon Crescent (indeterminate oddities) ph
2 Phaon Crescent
5 Pearl Crescent ph
20 Gulf Fritillary
1 Variegated Fritillary
4 Viceroy ph
10 Queen
1 Monarch
1 Funereal Duskywing
1 Common/White Checkered-Skipper
1 Julia's Skipper
1 Clouded Skipper
1 Ocola Skipper
12 Fiery Skipper ph
15 Sachem

25 Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile
20 Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula
5 Swift Setwing, Dythemis velox
1 Black Setwing, Dythemis nigrescens (new for the county for me)
1 Checkered Setwing, Dythemis fugax
4 Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis simplicicollis
2 Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata

20 Blanchard's Cricket Frog

5 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Killdeer
30 White-winged Dove
30 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher (no Ringed today)
1 Barn Swallow
1 Carolina Wren
1 Northern Mockingbird
40 Great-tailed Grackle

TX: Kerr Co., Ingram, 28 September 2005
1 Common Green Darner, Anax junius

1 Southern Dogface
4 Queen
2 Pipevine Swallowtail

2 White-winged Dove
5 Eurasian Collared-Dove
6 European Starling
6 Great-tailed Grackle

1 dead mouse, Peromyscus sp.

Handsome Grasshopper, Syrbula admirabilis

Between the 28th and 29th i've had seven Lycaenids if you count the unknown Scrub-Hairstreak. Seven is good here, don't know that i've done that very often. A couple of these are good species for here as well -- White-M Hairstreak, my first in the county, and Eastern Tailed-Blue, only my second time in the county.

Ceraunus Blue, Hemiargus ceraunus

Reakirts Blue, Hemiargus isola

White-M Hairstreak, Parrhasius m-album

Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus

Eastern Tailed-Blue, Everes comyntas

Dusky-Blue Groundstreak, Calycopis isobeon
-- this was photographed on the 29th --

Some other local scarcities

Great Southern White, Ascia monuste

Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe


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