Fire pink!

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This Luna moth was really wet. Poor thing. 

Awesome moth! I put it over in the grass and it started to vibrate its wings. So maybe it was going to fly another day. 

This plant brought back memories of seeing it when I was a child. 

We called them May Apples (Podophyllum peltatum). Some call them Indian Apples. Do you see the single fruit? Fertile plants are branched. The flowers were all gone. 

A new plant for us! Fire Pink or another common name is Catchfly (Silene virginica). Apparently the name for Catchfly comes from the sticky stem which catches small insects. The stem didn’t feel sticky to us and there were no insects on it. 

It is known to attract hummers!

It is supposed to grow in clumps but this one was all by itself. This is on the edge of its range and less common. 

Keep looking!

Birdfoot Violet

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 A view of Broken Bow Lake.
We got over 3 inches of rain last night. This is Jim, Claire, Gracie and Briar. 

Love this snail on the moss covered tree. In this shot you can see its foot too!

Another view. 

 This flower is called the most beautiful violet in the world according to It sure is pretty. It is the Birdfoot Violet (Viola pedata).

This one was curled and still pretty!

Keep looking!

Wild Comfrey

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 This a plant that Kathy gave me once. Of course I killed it. There a quite a few of them at the park. Also called Blue Houndstooth...Andersonglossum virginianum

Close up! The flowers are easy to miss. They are rather small. 

Crustose lichen and moss on a quartz rock. 

Keep looking!

Russell’s Beebalm

Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma! We are here for a few days. It is hard to load photos so I will try to get at least one photo a day.

This was a new species for me...Monarda russeliana!

Very cool flower!

Keep looking!


Feet in the air!

The leaves on a thistle tied together with silk.

It is the Painted Lady caterpillar! Thistles are its host plant.

Frass of the Painted Lady caterpillar!

Buprestid beetle on Prairie Verbena!

Thin-lined Owlet (Isogona tenuis) is a common moth in our Post Oak woods.

Baby Bluebirds growing fast!

Found this pretty green cat on an American Elm. It is the Speckled Green Fruitworm Moth  (Orthosia hibisci)!

A rather chubby critter!

Gorgeous green!

It really wasn't moving much.

Then I put it back on a leaf and it struck this pose!


Keep looking!


This girl was into something with an orangey pollen!

Really tiny on a Post Oak leaf.

I believe it may be a type of Crambine Snout Moth (Subfamily Crambinae).

This is the Green Soldier Fly (Hedriodiscus binotatus).

Close up the wings.

It is a beautiful critter! And it looks like it has been doing some pollinating too!


Keep looking!



 We got a total of .72 inches yesterday. I'm sure the plants are happy!  We had about 60-70 Pine Siskins outside the window while we ate dinner! It is the most I have seen this year.

Eastern Tent caterpillar was covered in dew this morning!

Pink Evening Primrose!

The Forest Tent caterpillar!

The Eastern Tent caterpillar! Both this one and the Forest Tent caterpillar were found on coralberry.

Ladybug larva!

Adult ladybug!

The thistle was the happenin' place for the ladybugs. 

Thanks Jim for sharing!

Keep looking!


Yeah for the rain! So far .68 inches and some pea sized hail at 6pm. We could do without the hail, eh.

Hagen's Sphinx (Ceratomia hageni) has very good camouflage! 

A close up of its hairs! Looks like a bristle brush doesn't it. Its host plant is the Bois D'arc. 

Remember the frozen spittlebug frothy spit? Not frozen here ;-)

Here I exposed the little larva!

Closer view in the spit.

So colorful!

Really is a cute little thing!

Sachem on a Cottonwood leaf!

Well, it was cloudy all day except for a brief 10 minutes of sunshine! I thought it looked ripe for a rainbow, but alas I didn't find the rainbow. No pot of gold today, but the rain was better than gold. :-)


Keep looking!