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What

Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan

Observer

aguilita

Date

November 10, 2019

Description

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

10 November 2019
428 Greenbelt Park – Aubrey Branch
Aubrey, Denton County, Texas

A flock of Franklin's Gulls flying a circling zig-zag pattern high above over the Elm Fork Trinity River...

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What

Orange Epipagis Moth Epipagis fenestralis

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 20, 2019

Description

Needs ID - Moth in the field

20 October 2019
428 Greenbelt Park – Aubrey Branch
Aubrey, Denton County, Texas

Had not observed this moth before in the field. Would perch on grass close to the ground face upward, its back towards the ground. Did some research on BugGuide, iNat, and Moth Photographers Group with no success as to its ID. Also looked up the five screens of moths in the iNat tool called, "Moths of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas." You can access the latter here: https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/3670

It looks similar to Orange Epipagis Moth (Epipagis fenestralis) but it appears to have different properties.

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What

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 20, 2019

Description

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

20 October 2019
428 Greenbelt Park – Aubrey Branch
Aubrey, Denton County, Texas

Several Turkey Vultures did a flyover just in case there might be food below. This site is a good site to get close-up Turkey Vulture images as the resident crew tends to do relatively close periodic flyovers.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 14, 2019

Description

Genus Parancistrocerus

14 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Observed digging in the soft sandy soil of the trail true to its genus's name, Mason and Potter Wasps...

Needs ID...

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What

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Our first documented observation at the CCNHC of the Great Blue Heron.

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What

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Observer

aguilita

Date

November 2, 2019

Description

Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)

2 November 2019
Kroger Parking Lot
University Drive W. & Carroll Avenue
Denton, Denton County, Texas

The daily nightly ritual of Great-tailed Grackles taking up their perches on the parking lots of urban and suburban Texas and beyond is observed at the local Kroger parking lot on the corner of Carroll Avenue and University Drive West, two blocks west of Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. The male and female Great-tailed Grackles represented in this observation were arriving to settle into the oak trees dotting the parking lot and the sun had set, it was dusk, except for the light from the parking lot's lights which shimmered down from above giving us something to play with in developing these images.

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What

Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

Observer

aguilita

Date

November 2, 2019

Description

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

2 November 2019
Avondale Park
Denton, Denton County, Texas

This Northern Flicker (and possibly others) has frequented Avondale Park for over two weeks at least, its call heard clearly from time to time. Glad to have been able to photograph it perched over an ancient elm tree by the side of Cooper Creek.

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What

Signate Looper Moth Rindgea s-signata

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 20, 2019

Description

Signate Looper Moth (Rindgea s-signata)

20 October 2019
428 Greenbelt Park – Aubrey Branch
Aubrey, Denton County, Texas

For comparison see BugGuide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/167957

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What

American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 18, 2019

Description

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

18 October 2019
North Lakes Park
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Taking in the late evening sun on a giant American Lotus lilypad...

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What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 18, 2019

Description

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

18 October 2019
North Lakes Park
Denton, Denton County, Texas

10 Monarchs were counted feeding on the blooming Poverty Weed. Those pictured here were among the group.

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What

Festive Midget Elaphria festivoides

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 15, 2019

Description

Festive Midget (Elaphria festivoides)

15 October 2019
Avondale Park
Denton, Denton County, Texas

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What

Arabesque Orbweaver Neoscona arabesca

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 14, 2019

Description

Arabesque Orbweaver (Neoscona arabesca)

14 October 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Spinning its nightly web across one part of the trail...

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What

White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Immature White Ibis flying overhead...

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What

Pepper Vine Ampelopsis arborea

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

Peppervine (Ampelopsis arborea)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Photos / Sounds

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 12, 2019

Description

Ormenoides venusta

12 October 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Small planthopper flew onto a leaf by the side of the trail catching our attention. It allowed us to get close enough to take a series of images. But when we picked up the leaf it was on, it was gone in an instant and the only sound we heard was the flight sound of its kinetic energy, giant hop.

See this confirmed iNat observation for comparison: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/27514609

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What

Drab Brown Wave Lobocleta ossularia

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 9, 2019

Description

Drab Brown Wave (Lobocleta ossularia)

9 October 2019
Avondale Park
Denton, Denton County, Texas

See BugGuide: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1501356/bgimage

See Moth Photographers Group: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7094

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What

Scarlet Toothcup Ammannia coccinea

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 20, 2019

Description

Scarlet Toothcup (Ammannia coccinea)

20 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

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What

Scaly Bee Fly Lepidophora lepidocera

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 6, 2019

Description

Scaly Bee Fly (Lepidophora lepidocera)

6 October 2019
Avondale Park
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Nectaring on Kalanchoe...

Photos / Sounds

What

Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia

Observer

aguilita

Date

October 6, 2019

Description

Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia)

6 October 2019
Avondale Park
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Bordered Patch nectaring on Kalanchoe...

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What

Lentiginos Moth Sparganothoides lentiginosana

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 29, 2019

Description

Lentiginos Moth (Sparganothoides lentiginosana)

Found this tiny moth (not more than ¼ inch in length) yesterday perched on the bark of a Hackberry tree.

See Moth Photographers Group: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=3731

See the BugGuide page for this moth: https://bugguide.net/node/view/211654

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What

Paspalum Genus Paspalum

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 29, 2019

Description

Genus Paspalum

29 September 2019
Avondale Park
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Note: Not sure if this is Knot Grass (Paspalum distichum) and/or Bahia Grass (Paspalum notatum) or something entirely different.

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What

Unbanded Wolf Spider Hogna baltimoriana

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

Unbanded Wolf Spider (Hogna baltimoriana)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

This was the second encounter I had with either this particular spider and/or the species at the same point approximately in the three-mile hike around the perimeter of the nature preserve (walking the course counterclockwise).

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What

Common Persimmon Diospyros virginiana

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

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What

Celery Leaftier Moth Udea rubigalis

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

Celery Leaftier Moth (Udea rubigalis)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Perched on Roughleaf Fogfruit...

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What

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Immature bird in flight headed out or past the nature preserve on its way to its evening roost...

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What

Mourning Warbler Geothlypis philadelphia

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis Philadelphia)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

We observed a mixed flock of 40-50 yellow warblers foraging that included Yellow Warbler and Mourning Warbler. See the observation for Yellow Warbler: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33540244

Our thanks to @psweet for his ID notes and advice on making this a separate observation.

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What

White Morning-Glory Ipomoea lacunosa

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

White Morning Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center
Denton, Denton County, Texas

Observed late in the afternoon to early evening, the flowers of these plants had already curled up for the evening per the description provided in the quoted source that follows. Small White Morning Glory is also known by additional common names like Whitestar and Pitted Morning Glory and the common name used on iNaturalist, White Morning-glory. This from our source cited below: "This pretty little white morning glory is found in most of the eastern half of the United States, west to Texas and Kansas; from Florida north to New York. All Ipomoea species, including Ipomoea lacunosa are prohibited as noxious weeds in Arizona and Arkansas (Ipomoea lacunosa isn’t found in Arizona.) While Small White Morning Glory is a United States native plant, it is not native in its entire range. As expected for such a disjointed population, it is not native to California, where it is currently found in only one county. The Morning Glory name is applied because these flowers, which can be especially glorious when large numbers are blooming, will close up later in the day as the bright sun shines on them. While most morning glories seem to close tightly, Ipomoea lacunosa just curls its lips - the corolla lobes."

Source: "Small White Morning Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa)," Wildflowers of the United States, US Department of Agriculture, Plants Database, description, range map, photographs, accessed 9.28.19, http://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Ipomoea%20lacunosa

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What

King Ranch Bluestem Bothriochloa ischaemum var. songarica

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

King Ranch Bluestem (Bothriochloa ischaemum songarica)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

King Ranch Bluestem grows in several areas of the nature preserve and at this time of the year most of it is already beginning to go to seed ensuring next year's green grass...

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What

Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

A flock of about 40-50 Yellow Warblers moved slowly through the Black Willow, Sumpweed, Giant Ragweed, Yard Aster, and the reeds by the side of the wetlands lake foraging as they went and allowing us to observe them a short distance behind the movement of their flock.

These are likely young Yellow Warblers as indicated in a separate observation by @psweet recently: “It looks like the yellow of the underparts extends onto the tail, which would suggest a young Yellow.” See at: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32358645

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What

American Coot Fulica americana

Observer

aguilita

Date

September 26, 2019

Description

American Coot (Fulica americana)

26 September 2019
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center (CCNHC)
Denton, Denton County, Texas

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