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July 2008
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July 2008 was an extremely remarkable month!  Lifers include GRAY CRACKER, ROSE-BELLIED LIZARDS, WRIGHT'S YELLOW-SHOW (which was also a first record for Hidalgo County), and FRITZGAERTNER'S FLAT!  Also nice was a BADGER seen at Bentsen's Hawktower!  A wonderful happening at Bentsen was a FISH SURVEY at Kingfisher Overlook by Robert and Deb Edwards.

July 2 LaFeria Sod Farm The wet freeway encourage me to take the back roads to work, which means I got to drive by: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 50, Fulvous Whistling-Duck 22, Mottled Duck 2, Cattle Egret 7, White Ibis 10, White-faced Ibis 50, Killdeer 2, Black-necked Stilt 250, Lesser Yellowlegs 250, Mourning Dove 10, Common Nighthawk 3, Great-tailed Grackle 120, Bronzed Cowbird 50. 

After work, the Sod Farm had Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 18, Mottled Duck 3, Northern Bobwhite 1, American Coot 1, Killdeer 3, Black-necked Stilt 70, Mourning Dove 6, Common Nighthawk 3, Horned Lark 3, Dickcissel 4, Red-winged Blackbird 17, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Great-tailed Grackle 98, Bronzed Cowbird 10.

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July 9 Bentsen Butterfly Walk: 2 Giant Swallowtails, 1 Great Southern White, 6 Cloudless Sulphurs, 40 Lyside SUlphurs, 2 Little Yellows, 8 Gray Hairstreaks, 4 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreaks, 3 Western Pygmy-Blues, 23 Ceraunus Blues, 7 Reakirt’s Blue, 4 American Snouts, 1 Gulf Fritillary, 21 Bordered Patch, 5 Phaon Crescents, 3 White Peacocks, 5 Tawny Emperors, 26 Queens, 18 Brown Longtails, 2 White Checkered-Skippers, 2 TURK’S CAP SKIPPER, 1 Clouded Skipper, 5 Southern Skipperlings, 1 Whirlabout,

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July 12 It is truly amazing to be paid to do something as fun as a butterfly count, all day at Bentsen, NABA, Mission West, Lucy's Garden... A GRAY CRACKER showed up at NABA! Wow!  The official results by Dave Dauphin as recorded on the TexLeps listserve: "14 people participated in the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park/NABA-IBP count, held on July 12, 2008. Temperature 76-96 degrees. Wind from SE 16-26 mph. 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Overcast from 8-10 in the morning, partly cloudy to clear the rest of the day. We had six to eight inches of rain in the count area the week prior to the count. We visited World Birding Center/Bentsen, Bentsen Lake garden and pavilion area, Bentsen Palm Village RV, Mission West RV, NABA International Butterfly Park, Lucy's Garden, and Chihuahua Woods Preserve. A total of 61 species were found. Highlights were: White-Angled Sulphur, Yellow-Angled Sulphur, Gray Cracker, Malachite, Ornythion Swallowtail, Florida White.
  1.. Black Swallowtail (1)
  2.. Giant Swallowtail (19)
  3.. Ornythion Swallowtail (1)
  4.. Florida White (5)
  5.. Great Southern White (12)
  6.. Orange Sulphur (1) 
  7.. Southern Dogface (1)
  8.. White-Angled Sulphur (2)
  9.. Yellow-Angled Sulphur (1)
  10.. Cloudless Sulphur (9)
  11.. Large Orange Sulphur (35)
  12.. Lyside Sulphur (31)
  13.. Little Yellow (7)
  14.. Sleepy Orange (1)
  15.. Gray Hairstreak (12)
  16.. Clytie Ministreak (18)
  17.. Western Pygmy Blue (375) These were amazing-- all over this succulent at Chihuahua Woods 
  18.. Ceraunus Blue (37)
  19.. Reakirt's Blue (8)
  20.. Fatal Metalmark (9)
  21.. American Snout (75)
  22.. Gulf Fritillary (18)
  23.. Zebra Heliconian (2)
  24.. Variegated Fritillary (1)
  25.. Bordered Patch (27) Caterpillars (75)
  26.. Crimson Patch (3)
  27.. Elada Checkerspot (2)
  28.. Texan Crescent (1)
  29.. Vesta Crescent (11)
  30.. Phaon Crescent (175)
  31.. Pearl Crescent (2)
  32.. White Peacock (11)
  33.. Malachite (1)
  34.. Gray Cracker (1)
  35.. Mexican Bluewing (5) Eggs (1)
  36.. Tropical Leafwing (1)
  37.. Hackberry Emperor (1)
  38.. Tawny Emperor (275)
  39.. Gemmed Satyr (1)
  40.. Carolina Satyr (1)
  41.. Queen (78)
  42.. Soldier (7)
  43.. Guava Skipper (1) Caterpilllar
  44.. Brown Longtail (18)
  45.. Texas Powdered Skipper (1)
  46.. Mournful Duskywing (1)
  47.. Funereal Duskywing (1)
  48.. Common/White Checkered-Skipper ( 7)
  49.. Tropical Checkered-Skipper (4)
  50.. Laviana White-Skipper (9)
  51.. Turk's-cap White-Skipper (4)
  52.. Common Sootywing (2)
  53.. Fawn-spotted Skipper (1)
  54.. Clouded Skipper (18)
  55.. Southern Skipperling (5)
  56.. Fiery Skipper (27)
  57.. Sachem (5)
  58.. Whirlabout (6)
  59.. Southern Broken-Dash (1)
  60.. Celia's Roadside (6) 
  61.. Eufala Skipper (14)

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July 13 Pretty much the same people turned out today for the Annual Santa Ana Butterfly Count. After a couple of group areas, Josh and I split to walk the entire Jaguarundi Trail which proved to be very a good move since we got the only Malachite, the only Mexican Bluewing, three VARIEGATED FRITILLARIES, and many ROSE-BELLIED LIZARDS which I have not seen in our park at Bentsen. Black Witches were plentiful even in the hot summer day hours! 
We also found this beautiful flower right out front, blooming in the shade under a bush.  Turns out that it's a Wright's Yellow-Show (Amoreuxia wrightii). Josh found out from Christina Mild that it's RARE!  In fact, it turns out that it is a first county record for Hidalgo County!!  And Texas is the only place in the United States that it grows!
The official results from TexLeps:  "Twelve people participated in the Santa Ana NWR/Weslaco NABA annual butterfly count on July 13, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Temperature 76-97 degrees. Wind 12-15 miles from from SE. Partly cloudy in morning to mostly clear in afternoon. Highlights were Malachite, Silver Emperor, Mexican Bluewing, and Guava Skipper. We visited Santa Ana NWR, Estero Llano Grande SP-WBC, Frontera Audubon, Weslaco Duranta Hedge.


  1.. Giant Swallowtail (8)
  2.. Florida White (2)
  3.. Great Southern White (7)
  4.. Southern Dogface (2)
  5.. Cloudless Sulphur (3)
  6.. Large Orange Sulphur (7)
  7.. Lyside Sulphur (45) 
  8.. Little Yellow (6)
  9.. Mimosa Yellow (1)
  10.. Gray Hairstreak (2)
  11.. Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak (1)
  12.. Clytie Ministreak (2)
  13.. Ceraunus Blue (5)
  14.. Reakirt's Blue (7)
  15.. Fatal Metalmark (4)
  16.. Rounded Metalmark (5)
  17.. Red-bordered Metalmark (3)
  18.. American Snout (78)
  19.. Gulf Fritillary (3)
  20.. Variegated Fritillary (4)
  21.. Bordered Patch (8)
  22.. Pale-banded Crescent (47)
  23.. Phaon Crescent (28)
  24.. Pearl Crescent (1)
  25.. White Peacock (1)
  26.. Malachite (1) Josh & I got this one on the long Jag trail
  27.. Mexican Bluewing (1) as well as this one
  28.. Tropical Leafwing (2)
  29.. Silver Emperor (1) a group effort on the Santa Ana Willow Trail at day's end
  30.. Tawny Emperor (3)
  31.. Gemmed Satyr (2)
  32.. Carolina Satyr (1)
  33.. Queen (27)
  34.. Soldier (6)
  35.. Guava Skipper (1) Chihuahua Woods by the Old Cemetery
  36.. Brown Longtail (5)
  37.. Mimosa Skipper (2)
  38.. Sickle-winged Skipper (4)
  39.. Common/White Checkered-Skipper (3)
  40.. Tropical Checkered-Skipper (1)
  41.. Laviana White-Skipper (4)
  42.. Fawn-spotted Skipper (1)
  43.. Clouded Skipper (9)
  44.. Southern Skipperling (3)
  45.. Fiery Skipper (7)
  46.. Whirlabout (4)
  47.. Celia's Roadside (4)
  48.. Eufala Skipper (4)

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July 14 Bentsen A lot of housekeeping at work today, including hummingbird feeders and making suet. Best part was when Josh found a FRITZGAERTNER'S FLAT just outside our door! Amazing!

July 16 Bentsen Butterfly Walk Giant Swallowtail 19, Ornythion Swallowtail 1, Great Southern White 2, Cloudless Sulphur 8, Large Orange Sulphur 2, Lyside Sulphur 25, Little Yellow 6, Goodson's Greenstreak 1,  Gray Hairstreak 11, Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 1, Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak 1, Clytie Ministreak 3, Western Pygmy-Blue 1, Ceraunus Blue 13, Reakirt's Blue 6, Fatal Metalmark 2, American Snout 2, Gulf Fritillary 9, Bordered Patch 38, Phaon Crescent 12, Tropical Leafwing 1, Tawny Emperor 2, Queen 27, Soldier 1, White-striped Longtail 1, Brown Longtail 10, Brown-banded Skipper 1, White Checkered-Skipper 1, Tropical Checkered-Skipper 2,  Laviana White-Skipper 5, Turk's-cap White-Skipper 2,  Clouded Skipper 2, Southern Skipperling 2, Fiery Skipper 5, Southern Broken-Dash 1, Sachem  1, Common Mellana 1, Celia's Roadside-Skipper 1 , Eufala Skipper

July 17, 2008 Bentsen Dragonfly Walk.  Here's Josh's summary from Tex-Odes which is much better than my mere numbers:
1. Smoky Rubyspot (Haeterina titia) - 3+ on the irrigation canal
2. Amelia's Threadtail (Neoneura amelia) - 1 male briefly perched just downstream of the bridge
3. Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis) - 1 male on the boat ramp
4. Powdered Dancer (A. moesta) - 1 female at the garden pond, another by the canal
5. Blue-ringed Dancer (A. sedula) - astounded to see no adults of this usually abundant species, but must have been an emergence going on, saw at least 3 tenerals along the canal
6. Double-striped Bluet (Enallagma basidens) - 1 male in grass near the canal
7. Familiar Bluet (E. civile) - 1 female in grass near the canal
8. Neotropical Bluet (E. novahispaniae) - 1 male perched downstream of the bridge
9. Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) - most abundant damsel, seen at all 3 spots, both sexes
10. Caribbean Yellowface (Neoerythromma cultellatum) - 1 male off the boat ramp
11. Clubtail sp. - probably Five-striped Leaftail - on the canal 12. Red-tailed Pennant (Brachymesia furcata) - several males on the resaca and canal
13. Four-spotted Pennant (B. gravida) - many males, some pairs on the resaca and canal
14. Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) - 1 pair in tandem plus 1+ others on the resaca
15. Black Setwing (Dythemis nigrescens) - a number of males on the canal and resaca
16. Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) - a female in the old garden near the resaca
17. Band-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata) - an immature male in the butterfly garden
18. Needham's Skimmer (Libellula needhami) - 2+ around the boat ramp
19. Spot-tailed Dasher (Micrathyria aequalis) - 2 males on the pond, 1+ more at the boat ramp
20. Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) - 1 male on the pond
21. Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenea) - 1 flying over the bridge
22. Slough Amberwing (Perithemis domitia) - 1 at the boat ramp
23. Eastern Amberwing (P. tenera) - 1+ at the boat ramp, fighting with the P. domitia
24. Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) - 2+ males patrolling off the boat ramp
25. Red Saddlebags (T. onusta) - 1 on the pond, a few more on the resaca

July 21 Home Depot pond on Shary in Mission: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2, Green Heron 1, Killdeer 5, Rock Pigeon 13, White-winged Dove 4, Mourning Dove 16, Inca Dove 3, Chimney Swift 4, Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1, Ringed Kingfisher 1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1, Great Kiskadee 2, Couch's Kingbird 8, Western Kingbird 2, Cactus Wren 1, Northern Mockingbird 14, Curve-billed Thrasher 2, European Starling 4, Great-tailed Grackle 4, Bronzed Cowbird 7, Lesser Goldfinch 3, House Sparrow 10

July 27 Bentsen The park was officially closed today but a man from California showed up for the bird tour anyway, so Jerry and I took him out: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 3, Mottled Duck 2, Plain Chachalaca 12, Northern Bobwhite 3, Least Grebe 4, Pied-billed Grebe 5, Anhinga 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Great Egret 1, Green Heron 1,Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 3, Gray Hawk 1, Crested Caracara 1, Common Moorhen 2, American Coot 15, White-winged Dove 50, Mourning Dove 6, Inca Dove 1, Common Ground-Dove 2, White-tipped Dove 3, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 12, Greater Roadrunner 3, Groove-billed Ani 8, Lesser Nighthawk 1, Buff-bellied Hummingbird 3,Golden-fronted Woodpecker 10, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1, Brown-crested Flycatcher 1, Great Kiskadee 9, Couch's Kingbird 6, White-eyed Vireo 1, Green Jay 14, Purple Martin 1, Bank Swallow 2, Cave Swallow 27, Verdin 1, Clay-colored Robin 1, Northern Mockingbird 12, Long-billed Thrasher 2, Olive Sparrow 6, Northern Cardinal 7, Dickcissel 2, Red-winged Blackbird 50, Great-tailed Grackle 17, Bronzed Cowbird 19, Altamira Oriole 3, Altamira x Audubon's Oriole (hybrid) 1. Three baby Anis played in the water outside my office window today. Cute as the dickens, but keeping Mama Hooded Oriole out. She looked disturbed. Those big beaks must have had something to do with it.

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July 28 Bentsen Spent the morning at the Hawktower with Mike and Dave of CA. Only highlight was a Swainson's Hawk although Mike had seen 3 SwallowTailed Hawks earlier! Putting stuff back together from the hurricane was dull, as was answering e-mails, but the butterfly walk was fun: 18 Giant Swallowtail, 5 Great Southern White, 1 FLORIDA WHITE, 1 Giant White, 1 WHITE ANGLED-SULPHUR, 1 Southern Dogface, 17 Cloudless Sulphur, 8 Large Orange Sulphur, 62 Lyside Sulphur, 7 Little Yellow , 1 Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak , 3 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, 7 Western Pygmy-Blue, 18 Ceraunus Blue, 1 Reakirt’s Blue, 1315 American Snout , 14 Gulf Fritillary, 1 Mexican Fritillary, 2 Bordered Patch , 1 CRIMSON PATCH, 12 Phaon Crescent , 1 PALE-BANDED CRESCENT, 1 MALACHITE, 4 Tawny Emperor, 1 SILVER EMPEROR (male), 27 Queen , 1 Soldier , 8 Brown Longtail, 2 Brown-Banded Skipper, 3 White Checkered-Skipper, 9 Laviana White-Skipper, 1 Turk’s Cap White-Skipper.

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July 29 Bentsen The Malachite was still there today. At 2pm as we were headed out to lunch, Josh pointed two SWALLOW-TAILED KITES above us.

July 30 Bentsen Today was the Butterfly Walk at Bentsen with the Rickards: 20 Giant Swallowtails, 3 Great Southern Whites, 1 Giant White, 1 Southern Dogface, 17 Cloudless Sulphur, 4 Large Orange Sulphur, 1 Orange-Barred Sulphur, 11 Lyside Sulphur, 12 Little Yellow , 2 Gray Hairstreaks, 1 Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak , 1 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak, 3 Western Pygmy-Blue, 12 Ceraunus Blue, 1 Reakirt’s Blue, 4 Fatal Metalmarks, 5 Red-Bordered Metalmarks, 850 American Snout , 16 Gulf Fritillary, 2 Mexican Fritillary, 1 Bordered Patch , 10 Phaon Crescent , 1 White Peacock, 1 MALACHITE (smaller than yesterday's!), 1 GRAY CRACKER, 1 Hackberry Emperor, 1 Empress Leilia, 6 Tawny Emperor, 32 Queen , 1 Soldier , 1 White-Striped Longtail, 6 Brown Longtail, 5 Brown-Banded Skipper, 2 White Checkered-Skipper, 6 Laviana White-Skipper, 1 Turk’s Cap White-Skipper, 1 Clouded Skipper, 1 Fiery Skipper, 1 Sachem, 1 Whirlabout.

July 31 Bentsen Dragonfly Walk today I had a young man and his grandfather so we moved kinda slow, still getting 14 easy expected species: Spot-Tailed Dasher, BandWinged Dragonlet, Wandering Glider, FiveStriped Leaftail, FourSpotted Pennant, Eastern and Great Pondhawks, Red Saddlebags, Black Setwing, Roseate Skimmer, BlueRinged Dancer, Rambur's Forktail, and Smoky Rubyspot. One can tell just by reading the list that we merely accepted the obvious but such is good with guests such as these.   A threatened Texas Tortoise did cross the road near the bridge, right under our noses.

Bentsen State Park Sightings for the month of July 2008  **area specialties

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck—John 7/1

Mexican Duck—John 7/1

Mottled Duck—John 7/1

**Plain Chachalaca—John 7/1

Northern Bobwhite—Jose 7/10

Least Grebe—John 7/1

Pied-Billed Grebe—John 7/1

Neotropic Cormorant—Jose/John 7/3

Anhinga—Jose/John 7/8

10 Great Blue Heron—Carol/Jose/John/Mario 7/3

Great Egret—Carol/Jose/John/Mario 7/3

Snowy Egret—John 7/1

Little Blue Heron—Carol/Jose/John/Mario 7/3

Cattle Egret—Jose/John 7/3

Green Heron—John 7/1

Black-Crowned Night Heron—John 7/1

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron—John 7/1

White Ibis—John 7/1

White-Faced Ibis—John/Jose 7/3

20 Wood Stork—John/Jose 7/3

Black Vulture—Josh 7/15

Turkey Vulture—John 7/1

Swallow-Tailed Kite—Anon 7/28

White-Tailed Kite—John/Jose 7/8

Gray Hawk—Indiana girls 7/8

Harris’s Hawk—Josh 7/15

Swainson’s Hawk—Josh 7/15

Crested Caracara—Jose 7/11

Peregrine Falcon—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Common Moorhen—John 7/1

30 American Coot—John 7/1

Killdeer—John 7/1

Black-Necked Stilt—John 7/1

Lesser Yellowlegs—John 7/1

Eurasian Collared-Dove—Mary Beth Stowe 7/15

White-Winged Dove—John 7/1

Mourning Dove—John 7/1

Inca Dove—John 7/1

Common Ground-Dove—John 7/1

**White-Tipped Dove—John 7/1

40 Yellow-Billed Cuckoo—John 7/1

Greater Roadrunner---Annual NABA Butterfly Count 7/12

**Groove-Billed Ani—John 7/1

Eastern Screech-Owl—Night Hike 7/4

Great Horned Owl—Night Hike 7/18

Elf Owl—Night Hike 7/4

Lesser Nighthawk—John 7/1

Common Nighthawk—Night Hike 7/11

**Common Pauraque—Night Hike 7/4

**Buff-Bellied Hummingbird—John 7/1

50 Black-Chinned Hummingbird—John 7/1

**Ringed Kingfisher—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Green Kingfisher—Josh 7/15

**Golden-Fronted Woodpecker—John 7/1

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker—John 7/1

**Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet—John 7/1

Brown-Crested Flycatcher—John 7/1

**Great Kiskadee—John 7/1

**Couch’s Kingbird—John 7/1

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

60 Loggerhead Shrike—John 7/14

White-Eyed Vireo—Annual NABA Butterfly Count 7/12

**Green Jay—John 7/1

Purple Martin—Dragonfly Walk 7/17/08

Bank Swallow—Dragonfly Walk 7/17/08

Cave Swallow—John 7/1

Barn Swallow—Josh 7/25

Black-Crested Titmouse—John 7/1

Verdin—Mary Beth Stowe July 15

Bewick’s Wren—Mary Beth Stowe July 15

**Clay-Colored Robin—John 7/1

70 Northern Mockingbird—John 7/1

Long-Billed Thrasher—Annual NABA Butterfly Count 7/12

Olive Sparrow—John 7/1

Lark Sparrow-Josh 7/17

Northern Cardinal—John 7/1

Painted Bunting—John 7/3

Dickcissel—John 7/1

Red-Winged Blackbird—John 7/1

Eastern Meadowlark—John 7/14

Great-Tailed Grackle—John 7/1

80 Bronzed Cowbird—John 7/1

Brown-Headed Cowbird—Mary Beth Stowe 7/15

Orchard Oriole—Jose 7/8

Hooded Oriole—John 7/1

**Altamira Oriole—John 7/1

Lesser Goldfinch—Jose/John 7/2

House Sparrow—John 7/1

Reptiles/Amphibians

Blanchard’s Cricket Frog—Bird Walk 7/27

Blue Spiny Lizard—Carol/Jose/John 7/1

Cane Toad-- Creature Feature 7/10

Couch’s Spadefoot Toad—7/18

Great Plains Ratsnake—Creature Feature 7/10

Gulf Coast Toad-- Creature Feature 7/10

Indigo Snake—NABA Count 7/12

Red-eared Slider—Night Hike 7/8

Ribbon Snake—Jennifer 7/16

Texas Spiny Lizard—Creature Feature 7/10

Texas Spotted Whiptail—John 7/1

Texas Tortoise—Butterfly Count 7/12

Western Diamondback Ratttlesnake—HQ Gardens Artemio 7/11

Butterflies  

DARK KITE-SWALLOWTAIL—JOSH 7/15 (boatramp)

POLYDAMAS SWALLOWTAIL—TOM 7/15 (boatramp)

Giant Swallowtail—John/Jose 7/2

ORNYTHION—Butterfly Walk 7/16

FLORIDA WHITE—Josh 7/15

Great Southern White—John/Jose 7/2

Giant White—Mike Rickard 7/26

STATIRA SULPHUR—Mike/Ginny Rickard 7/29 (gatehouse)

WHITE ANGLED-SULPHUR—Annual NABA Count 7/12

10 Southern Dogface—John 7/28

Cloudless Sulphur—John/Jose 7/2

Large Orange Sulphur—Butterfly Walk 7/9

Orange-Barreed Sulphur—Butterfly Walk 7/30

Lyside Sulphur—John/Jose 7/2

Dainty Sulphur—John/Jose 7/2

Little Yellow—John/Jose 7/2

GOODSON’S GREENSTREAK—Butterfly Walk 7/16

Gray Hairstreak—John/Jose 7/2

Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak—Dauphins/Tom/Josh/John 7/14

20 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak—John/Jose 7/2

Clytie Ministreak—Butterfly Count 7/12

Western Pygmy-Blue—Butterfly Walk 7/9

Ceraunus Blue—John/Jose 7/2

Reakirt’s Blue—John/Jose 7/2

American Snout—John/Jose 7/2

Fatal Metalmark—Butterfly Count 7/12

Red-Bordered Metalmark—Butterfly Walk 7/30

Gulf Fritillary—John/Jose 7/2

Mexican Fritillary—John 7/28

30 Bordered Patch—John/Jose 7/2

Crimson Patch—John 7/28

Phaon Crescent—John/Jose 7/2

Pale-Banded Crescent—John 7/28

White Peacock—Butterfly Walk 7/9

MALACHITE—Josh/Mary 7/28

Common Mestra—Mike & Ginny Rickard 7/29

Gray Cracker—Mike/Ginny Rickard 7/26

Tropical Leafwing—Butterfly Walk 7/16

Hackberry Emperor—Butterfly Walk 7/30

Empress Leilia—Josh 7/25

40 Tawny Emperor—John/Jose 7/2

Silver Emperor—John 7/28

Queen—John/Jose 7/2

Soldier—Butterfly Walk 7/16

WHITE-STRIPED LONGTAIL—Butterfly Walk 7/16

Brown Longtail—John/Jose 7/2

Fritzgaertner’s  Flat—Josh 7/14

Funereal Duskywing—Annual NABA Count 7/12

Brown-Banded Skipper—Butterfly Walk 7/16

White Checkered-Skipper—John/Jose 7/2

50 Desert Checkred-Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 7/15

Laviana White-Skipper—John/Jose 7/2

Turk’s Cap White-Skipper—Butterfly Walk 7/9

Clouded Skipper—John/Jose 7/2

Southern Skipperling—Butterfly Walk 7/9

Fiery SKipper—Butterfly Walk 7/16

Whirlabout—Butterfly Walk 7/9

Sachem—Butterfly Walk 7/16

Common Mellana—Butterfly Walk 7/16

Celia’s Roadside-Skipper—John 7/6

60 Eufala Skipper—John/Jose 7/2

Mammals

AMERICAN BADGER—Hawktower 7/1

Bobcat—Night Hike 7/10

Collared Peccary—John 7/1

Coyote—Annual NABA Butterfly Count 7/12

Eastern Cottontail—John 7/1

Mexican Ground Squirrel—John 7/1

Dragonflies

Smoky Rubyspot—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

AMELIA’S THREADTAIL—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Blue-Fronted Dancer—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Powdered Dancer—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Blue-Ringed Dancer—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Double-Striped Bluet—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Neotropical BLuet—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Familiar Bluet—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Rambur’s Forktail—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

10 Caribbean Yellowface—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Common Green Darner—Dauphins 7/19

Narrow-Striped Forceptail—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Five-Striped Leaftail—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

RedTailed Pennant—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Four-Spotted Pennant—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Tawny Pennant—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Halloween Pennant—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Black Setwing—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Pin-Tailed Pondhawks—Tom Pendleton 7/3

20 Eastern Pondhawk—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Band-Winged Dragonlet—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Great Pondhawk—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

METALLIC PENNANT—Dauphins 7/19

Needham’s Skimmer—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Spot-Tailed Dasher—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Thornbush Dasher—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Carmine Skimmer—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Roseate Skimmer—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Blue Dasher—Dauphins 7/19

30 Spot-Winged Glider—Dauphins 7/19

Wandering Glider—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Slough Amberwing—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Eastern Amberwing—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

BOW-TIED GLIDER—Dauphins 7/19

Striped Saddlebags—Dauphins 7/19

Black Saddlebags—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Red Saddlebags—Dragonfly Walk 7/3

Other Insects/Invertebrates

Ant Lion—John 7/1

Black Widow—Night Hike 7/4

Black Witch—Jose/John/2 Indiana ladies 7/8

Bulia similaris (moth)— —John/Jose 7/2

Cicada Gigas—John 7/1

Cicada Killer—Jose 7/1

Cuckoo Wasp—Jennifer 7/16

Desert Termites—John 7/1

Harlequin Beetle—Annual NABA Butterfly Count 7/12

Harvester Ants—John 6/2

Shore Flies—Dragonfly Walk 7/17

Slug—Jennifer 7/8

Snail—Anon 7/21

Southern Crevice Spider—Jennifer 7/7

Tarantula—John 7/2

Tarantula Hawk—Butterfly Count 7/12

Thin-Lined Passionvine Beetle 7/12 Mary Beth Stowe and Jan Dauphin

Tortoise Beetles & Larvae 7/30

 Fish

Robert & Deb Edwards caught at Bentsen State Park resaca July 22, 2008:

Dorosoma petenense – threadfin shad

Gambusia affinis – western mosquitofish

Lucania parva – rainwater killifish

Menidia beryllina – inland silverside

Micropterus salmoides – largemouth bass

Lepomis macrochirus – bluegill

Lepomis microlophus – redear sunfish

Cichlasoma cyanoguttatumRio Grande cichlid

Oreochromis aureus – blue tilapia