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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 26, 2012 2:10 PM CST

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Just saw these yesterday and after checking around, it seems to be one of the Cactus Longhorn Beetle species. They are eating on one prickly pear cactus, mostly the new growth. I went and checked the Cholla Cactus on the front slope of my property that is going to bloom soon...and thankfully, none of them found on that cactus. Should be really beautiful when that cholla blooms, so I didn't want anything to spoil that!
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tarev
Apr 27, 2012 9:12 AM CST
Pretty bug but pretty bad too Rolling my eyes. Big Grin
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tarev
Apr 27, 2012 10:50 AM CST
I know I have mantids in the garden, but so far no show yet..but these were pictures I took last year:

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This photo shows the little wings unfurled..first time I saw that on a mantid..interesting:
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 27, 2012 2:32 PM CST

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That's a cool closeup showing the wings! I'm sure there are some people who don't even know that they HAVE wings!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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tarev
Apr 27, 2012 2:48 PM CST
I am surprised to see that mantid then..that area is the lair of our black widow spider. Hmm..maybe it saw the spider and felt like showing its wings.
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tarev
Apr 27, 2012 2:52 PM CST
This is one of my favorite photos..I took this in Sept 2010..and have not seen it again Rolling my eyes.
Sure glad to have caught this dragonfly by the aeonium..such good camouflage!

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tarev
Apr 30, 2012 10:43 AM CST
This photo taken early morning 29Apr 2012, a dragonfly, in between the sedum and sprouting violas at the base of my Lavender plant:

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A closer look:
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Apr 30, 2012 11:54 AM CST

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I love dragonflies! I'm not sure if I've seen any on my place this year.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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tarev
Apr 30, 2012 12:22 PM CST
I thought it was a twig, almost took him out Hilarious! Then I noticed that oops..has wings..aha, a dragonfly!
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tarev
May 7, 2012 11:22 PM CST
The dragonfly is back again today, 07May, this time found by the hanging basket of spider plants.

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Closer look:

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Sharon
May 8, 2012 2:41 PM CST
That last picture looks like the dragonfly is looking at you saying "Who? Me?"
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 8, 2012 3:05 PM CST
Thanks Sharon! Big Grin I love taking shots of dragonflies, they really keep still, and not flutter about too much.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 8, 2012 9:10 PM CST

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Isn't nature beautiful? What would this world be without dragonflies? I hope I never have to find out.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 10, 2012 12:12 AM CST

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These katydids are everywhere around here! Had seen them before, but this outbreak seems even worse this year than it was in 2010.
http://texasento.net/robustus.htm
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 19, 2012 10:54 PM CST
This time around I saw an interesting yellow and black insect enjoying at my wilting Salvia subrotunda. Thanks to Janet of Bugslife cubits, got the ID as a newly hatched ladybug! Cool!!! At least beneficial insects are hanging around..and I also saw its pupa.

The yellow and black lady bug..no dots yet:
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The newly hatched and a pupa...for awhile I thought insects having a date! Big Grin Big Grin
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Trying it one more time, cropping photo, hmm.still blurred..as best as I could get it with my camera:
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 19, 2012 11:17 PM CST

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Ah, ladybugs! This is one of the Red Katydids that are like a plague upon central Texas this year. The adults are here, but this one is still a nymph, I think.
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 20, 2012 12:52 AM CST
So cute looking nymph..but a plague hmmm a very deceiving beauty eh?
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 20, 2012 10:22 AM CST

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Just too many of them (they call it an "outbreak") and they do eat foliage. Lacy Oak must be especially like candy to them, all the leaves are in tatters!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 22, 2012 10:25 PM CST

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These Red Yucca blooms look like something has been eating lunch, then maybe dinner also. And maybe these insects are what had such a hearty appetite?

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
May 22, 2012 11:10 PM CST
Interesting looking bugs...ah I hate it when my plants become a happy meal.. Rolling my eyes.

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