Author Archives: Troy

About Troy

Retired Scientist and Naturalist. Avid Bible reader

Giant Robber Fly of the Great Plains – Microstylum morosum

Early in July, while walking the Oak Motte and Deer Mouse Trails at the Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge, I was surprised by the largest Robber Fly that I have ever seen. I estimated at the time that it … Continue reading

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Dwarf Fireweed – Chamerion latifolium

The November calendar from our travels. click on the photo for a closer look at this gorgeous flower with its outstanding green foliage with slight blue tint. Also, it does not have a describable color, just a description: Magnificent. Dwarf … Continue reading

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Halloween Pennant

It’s Halloween Night For your viewing pleasure the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly Celithemis eponina Click on the photo for a better look Photographed at Cement Creek Pond, Meacham Airport, Ft. Worth, Texas, USA Leave a comment if you have seen this … Continue reading

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Thread-waisted Wasp – Ammophila procera

. Ammophila procera Sleeping position LBJ National Grasslands, NorthCentral Texas, 33° 18.468′ N, 97° 36.580′ W It was photographed early in the morning on a cold day. Most of the insects had not started moving yet. I have photographed Solitary … Continue reading

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Allograpta obliqua – Hover Fly

The Common Oblique Syrphid Success at last! I have been trying for years to photograph one of these “hover flies” on a flower or “sitting still”. Click on the photo for a better look at this beauty. Allograpta obliqua Update: … Continue reading

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Fireweed – Chamerion angustifolium

Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium (L.) Holub ssp. angustifolium One of the really beautiful sights that we saw while driving from Fairbanks to Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean was Fireweed. One of the reasons that they are ‘first colonizers’ … Continue reading

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Ft. Worth Prairie, Part_2

There has been and probably always will be confusion over the names of ‘Snow on the Mountain’ vs. ‘Snow on the Prairie’. I hope this will help clear up some of the confusion about what plants were seen on the … Continue reading

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