Twice-stabbed lady beetle that landed yesterday on ME (my shorts, actually). Submitted to the Lost Ladybug Project. See here.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
If you'll recall, in June I posted about a "likely nuisance plant," which I've allowed to grow because I want to see if and how it blooms. Not to mention how tall it'll grow! Wow! It just doesn't seem to stop going UP!
This is a horseweed (Conyza canadensis). Looks like it's about to flower. And when it does, I'll take some photos and report back.
Posted by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers at 9:55 AM
I just couldn't resist! I spotted this for sale in Wimberley on on Craigslist right after the floods. It never did sell so James and I ran over there last week and bought it. We both love it. I think we're up to at least 20 bird baths now in the back yard. One can never have too many, I believe.
Posted by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers at 9:40 AM
Another great mimic in the garden! Can you find the hornworn on our tomato plant in the photo above? It blends right in. I knew we had at least one because the leaves were starting to disappear on one plant. Finally, I found the chubby, well-fed culprit. "OK," I told it, "you can stay as long as you leave me the tomatoes." Which it does.
I'd assumed it was a tomato hornworm. Not. It's a tobacco hornworm, which morphs into a Carolina sphinx (Manduca sexta). The true tomato hornworm is the larva of the five-spotted hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculatus).
Posted by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers at 9:36 AM
Thanks to our earlier summer rains, we have more reptiles and amphibians showing up around our Wildscape. Like little toads (above) and a frog that I still haven't been able to photograph. No anoles, I'm sad to report, but lots of Texas spiny lizards, especially baby ones. They're so cute.
|See the little spiny lizard?|
|An older spiny lizard....|
|You've got to look smack in the middle of this photo, top the big rock, and you might see the baby spiny lizard. They really blend in!|
|He/she is easier to spot in this photo.|
|See it peeking out from the rock?|
|This is a even younger lizard.|
|You gotta look hard for the lizard, perched on the rock.|
Posted by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers at 5:37 AM