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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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Sesbane or Hemp Sesbania

Synonyms: Sesbania herbacea (Mill.) McVaugh – Sesbane Sesbania exaltata (Raf.) Rydb. ex A.W. Hill – Hemp Sesbania Sesbania macrocarpa Muhl. ex Raf. Photos, range map, and a line drawing are below. Click on the photos for closer looks “Sesbane” is … Continue reading

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False Gaura

Stenosiphon lilifolius One of my favorite flowers in late summer-early fall. It has beautiful white flowers standing above the dry grasses and short forbs. It is surprisingly different from others in the Evening Primrose family. It is, of course, part … Continue reading

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Roughleaf Dogwood

If you live in East Texas and someone says the Dogwoods are blooming, you think of the Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida). However if you live in North Central Texas, you immediately think of the Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii) which brightens … Continue reading

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Green Tree Frogs, Hyla cinerea

. Cryptic Camouflage by Color Recently, I posted an article on Catocola Moths over at our other blog, Texas Travelers. Click to see: Cryptic camouflage by pattern. Martha and I were at the Nature Center Saturday and we made a … Continue reading

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Bumelia Webworm Moth

Martha and I discovered this micromoth while photographing wildflowers at the Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge. There were dozens each on 3-4 flower heads of Asclepias asperula, Green-flowered Milkweed also known as Antelope Horns or Spider Milkweed. At first … Continue reading

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