Thursday, September 29, 2005

ENV: Observations

As in last night, there's almost nothing around to speak of. One large sphinx on the mercury vapor pole. Five species of mayflies at the sheets. There does seem to be an influx of small Hemipterans of several species. A few odds and ends. It is breezy and noticeably cooler, though not really cool. Of course after stifling temperatures yesterday a forest fire would be cool.

Update: It's dawning cooler and a bit breezy. It's overcast, which may bode well. I did notice in a walk to the big light pole that the ground is literally covered in field crickets. Interesting because only a couple showed up at the lightsheets all night. I can feel one of those Friday Night Football games coming on where there are swarms of crickets at the lights. Oh, the fun of that! I'll post a story in the next few days about that kind of event.

1 p.m. and it has stayed mostly overcast, though there have been minutes of sun. The high so far has been 77 and that was an hour ago. It's going down . . .

Guess i was lucky to have checked out the patch so thoroughly yesterday -- today's it's been vacated for the most part.

Update again: Sun came out well at about 3 p.m. and activity picked up again quickly. Numbers not as high as yesterday but still good. A couple of new bugs for the patch -- a Pearl Crescent, which is usually present in numbers just down the road, was present today, and only my second ever Soldier for Rio Vista and the county. Photos of both coming later on.

Excellent night! Huge cricket emergence. Cool critters. Will write lots of notes later after i finish the Circus and work. But cool, very cool.

TX: Kerr Co., Rio Vista, Duranta and The Patch, plus light sets, 29 September 2005

1 Red Earthworm sp.

1 Five-spotted Hawkmoth, Manduca quinquemaculata ph
1 Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth, Hypoprepia miniata ph
1 Ailanthus Webworm Moth, Atteva punctella ph
4 Spotted Beet Webworm Moth, Hymenia perspectalis ph
2 Two-spotted Herpetgramma Moth, Herpetogramma bipunctalis ph
4 Melonworm Moth, Diaphania hyalinata
2 Mocis Moth sp., Mocis sp. ph
2 Four-spotted Palpita Moth, Palpita quadristigmalis ph
+ sev. Geometrid sp. ph
+ sev. Noctuid sp. ph
1 cf. Pyrausta sp. ph
1 cf. Pyrausta sp. II
1 Southern Emerald Moth, Synchlora frondaria
1 Texas Wasp Moth, Horama panthalon texanaph
1 Plume Moth sp. I ph
1 Plume Moth sp. II ph
1 brown caterpillar

12 Pipevine Swallowtail ph
1 Black Swallowtail
3 Giant Swallowtail ph
2 Large Orange Sulphur
2 Orange Sulphur
4 Southern Dogface
1 Cloudless Sulphur ph
16 Sleepy Orange
5 Little Yellow ph
25 Dainty Sulphur
21 Gray Hairstreak ph (1 at lightsheet)
1 Dusky-Blue Groundstreak ph (see photo on post of the 28th)
3 Reakirt's Blue ph
2 Ceraunus Blue
6 Phaon Crescent
5 Graphic Crescent ph
1 Pearl Crescent ph
30 Bordered Patch
1 Tawny Emperor ph
10 Common Buckeye
1 Painted Lady ph
18 Gulf Fritillary
6 Variegated Fritillary ph
1 American Snout ph
1 Soldier ph
32 Queen ph
4 Monarch ph
2 Funereal Duskywing
2 False Duskywing
4 Common/White Checkered-Skipper ph
15 Clouded Skipper ph
24 Sachem ph
20 Fiery Skipper ph
4 Eufala Skipper ph
1 Ocola Skipper ph
1 Julia's Skipper
1 Celia's Roadside-Skipper

10,000 Fall Field Cricket ph
3 Ground Cricket sp.
4 Trig sp. ph
1 Bush Katydid, Scudderia sp. ph

+ Planthopper sp. ph

+ many Hemiptera sp. ph

1 Tiger Beetle sp. ph
3 Cucumber Beetle sp. ph
1 Red Ladybird Beetle sp. ph
1 Imported Ladybird Beetle sp. ph

4 Green-eyed Red Robber Fly sp.
++ Midgefly sp.
++ Whitefly sp. ph

1 Orange Wasp ph
16 Redbutt Wasp ph
1 Gunmetal Blue Wasp

4 sp. Mayfly ph
1 sp. Ephemeroptera ph

6 American Rubyspot, Hetaerina americana
2 Smoky Rubyspot, Hetaerina titia
6 Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile
1 Blue-fronted Dancer, Argia apicalis
12 Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula
40 Dusky Dancer, Argia translata ph
2 Comanche Dancer, Argia barretti
2 Swift Setwing, Dythemis velox
1 Pale-faced Clubskimmer, Brechmorhoga mendax

1 Rumina decollata
1 Praticolella berlandieriana *
1 Helicina orbiculata *
+ Corbicula fluminea

1 Whiptail sp., Cnemidophorus sp. ph

4 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 American Kestrel
2 Great Horned Owl
10 Mourning Dove
1 Inca Dove
1 Green Kingfisher
1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
3 Eastern Phoebe
1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
4 Blue Jay
1 Western Scrub-Jay
1 Common Raven
4 Carolina Wren
1 Bewick's Wren
1 House Wren
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Eastern Bluebird
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
4 House Finch
4 Lesser Goldfinch

10 Bat sp. ph
2 Virginia Opossum ph
1 Feral Cat
1 Red Fox
2 Raccoon
3 Striped Skunk
24 White-tailed Deer
8 Axis Deer


TX: Kerr Co., Ingram

1 Turkey Vulture
1 Common Nighthawk
40 White-winged Dove
60 Great-tailed Grackle





Soldier, Danaus eresimus




Virginia Opossum, Didelphis marsupialis

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