|Hackberry Butterfly, Asterocampa|
Monday, April 30, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
|Non-native Maple showing damage.|
The Drought of 2011 was historic for Texas for a number of reasons, from the agricultural loss, to the long season of wildfires, to the actual time span of the drought. Lake levels dropped up to 30 feet in some areas, averaging at least 15 feet in most areas. With low lake levels, zebra mussels preventing pumping from other lakes, aquifers reduced, and no rain in sight, a vast portion of the state was put on stage 3 water restriction and still remains as a precaution. As such, even the flora in front yards and backyards suffered or died. As spring has sprung, the damage from the drought is still visible especially in non-native species. The canopies are reduced, the branches have fewer leaves, and further along the branches become bare. These are the lucky ones that still have a chance of survival, but are sometimes found alongside another tree baring autumn colors in the middle of spring, a fatality of hard times.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Pollination on a small scale.|
The flowers in this photo were observed being pollinated by bees and a number of different beetles.
Monday, April 23, 2012
|♀ Golden Orb Weaver, Nephila philipes|
Friday, April 20, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
|Army Ant, Labidus coecus|
I only recently stumbled upon this colony and hope to get my actual camera (not phone) with a macro lens for better pictures soon.
Monday, April 16, 2012
|View within Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros|
Friday, April 13, 2012
|Fire Ant, Solenopsis wagneri|
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|Rose Rosette (RRD), Viral|
The rose bush in this photograph and other ill ones nearby, were removed within days of this picture, and replaced with a lovely native sage known as Greg's Sage which is just as colorful and blooms just as often.
Monday, April 9, 2012
|Vinegaroon, Mastigoproctus giganteus(?)|
Often called a "whipscorpion" due to the long, thin tail, the common name Vinegaroon is due to the vinegar spray that is shot from the tail base when disturbed. They are otherwise considered non-venomous. These nocturnal arachnids are often found in deserts, but also can be found in grasslands and mountains. They have poor vision and rely on vibrations to find their way. This particular species can be found in the very southern parts of the United States, down in to Central America.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
|Heavy rains, hail, and an unheard siren.|
Monday, April 2, 2012