TX Insects

HeteronemiidaeWalking Stick on Peter’s bins. Texas has at least 16 species. AttaLeaf-cutter ant (Atta texana) highway. The ants are returning to their sprawling underground colonies with leaf fragments, which, farmer-like, they feed to the fungus they actually eat.Micrathyria hageniiThornbush Dasher (Micrathyria hagenii).Erythrodiplax umbrataBand-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata).MyrmeleontidaeAntlion. This is the adult stage.antlionsWe saw many antlion traps, where buried nymphs wait for their lunch to fall down into the soft sand pits. txt6Large Carpenter bee of some kind in the bottlebrush. Anthanassa texanaTexan Crescents (Anthanassa texana) perpetuating the species.

3 Responses to “TX Insects”

  1. 1 trzilla May 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

    That was a huge walking stick! We get big ones in South Texas, but wow. Good work!

    • 2 mthew May 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      This was really close to the border. The ground was littered with white, conical land snail shells, and we were looking for a singing Varied Bunting, and the walking stick was suddenly there.

  2. 3 Paul Lamb May 7, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Gorgeous. Every little insecty bit of it. Our Ozark walking sticks seem to come that big too, but maybe not quite.

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