Brazos Bend SP - Annual NABA Butterfly Count

Scott and I joined up with several other BBSP volunteers to participate in the October 4th annual NABA (North American Butterfly Assn.) butterfly count -- our first. It was a clear and beautiful morning and we were greeted by White-tailed deer eating oak acorns and the most vocal Gray Catbird. Meeting. Our assignment was the Red Buckeye Trail and the south part of the White Oak Trail at the southeast corner of the park. It was a slow day for butterflies, but certainly not disappointing.

http://www.brazosbend.org/activities/butterflycount.shtml

In all for the morning, we logged 17 species: Cloudless Sulphur, Little Yellow, Gulf Fritillary, Phaon Crescent, Pearl Crescent, Question Mark, Gemmed Satyr, Carolina Satyr, Monarch, White-striped Longtail, Common Checkered-Skipper, Tropical Checkered-Skipper, Turk's Cap White-Skipper, Southern Broken-dash, Broad-winged Skipper, Dun Skipper, Ocala Skipper. Where the butterflies were lacking, the mosquitoes (that giant Gallinipper!) and biting gnats more than made up; thankfully, no ticks or chiggers came along for the ride.

My Life Species of the day was the Yellowjacket Hoverfly, and I stumbled upon not one but TWO different species (or variants) of Clematis ... I was careful to photo-document all parts of the plant this time for comparison.

For the NABA count, 33 species and 445 individuals were counted collectively by the group, a low count as it goes but higher than last year. Looking forward to next year's count on October 3, 2021!

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, October 06, 2020 15:26

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

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October 4, 2020 08:42 AM CDT

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Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

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October 4, 2020 08:37 AM CDT

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Southern Broken Dash (Polites otho)

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October 4, 2020 12:06 PM CDT

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Virginia Giant (Milesia virginiensis)

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October 4, 2020 10:35 AM CDT

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Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)

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October 4, 2020 10:03 AM CDT

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Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

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October 4, 2020 09:37 AM CDT

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Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)

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October 4, 2020 09:35 AM CDT

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Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris)

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October 4, 2020 09:33 AM CDT

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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October 4, 2020 09:06 AM CDT

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Gallinipper (Psorophora ciliata)

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October 4, 2020 08:51 AM CDT

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Bitterweed (Helenium amarum)

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October 4, 2020 08:45 AM CDT

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Swamp Leatherflower (Clematis crispa)

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October 4, 2020 10:09 AM CDT

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False Mint (Dicliptera brachiata)

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October 4, 2020 10:17 AM CDT

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Pitcher's Leatherflower (Clematis pitcheri)

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October 4, 2020 10:20 AM CDT

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White Morning-Glory (Ipomoea lacunosa)

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October 4, 2020 10:12 AM CDT

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Pigeonberry (Rivina humilis)

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October 4, 2020 10:33 AM CDT

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American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

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October 4, 2020 10:48 AM CDT

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Giant leaves like a sycamore. Bark is different though.

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Panicled Ticktrefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)

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October 4, 2020 10:57 AM CDT

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Dead Man's Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)

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October 4, 2020 11:24 AM CDT

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Camphor-Weed (Pluchea camphorata)

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October 4, 2020 10:26 AM CDT

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October 4, 2020 12:25 PM CDT

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White-striped Longtail (Chioides albofasciatus)

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October 4, 2020 12:13 PM CDT

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Missing the tail

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Brown Winter Grasshopper (Amblytropidia mysteca)

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October 4, 2020 12:13 PM CDT

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October 4, 2020 12:11 PM CDT

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Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

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October 4, 2020 12:08 PM CDT

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Coenagrionoid Damselflies (Superfamily Coenagrionoidea)

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October 4, 2020 12:03 PM CDT

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White-striped Longtail (Chioides albofasciatus)

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October 4, 2020 11:56 AM CDT

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Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius oileus)

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October 4, 2020 11:50 AM CDT

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Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

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October 4, 2020 11:49 AM CDT

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Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

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October 4, 2020 11:39 AM CDT

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Turk's-cap White-Skipper (Heliopetes macaira)

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October 4, 2020 11:31 AM CDT

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Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

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October 4, 2020 11:29 AM CDT

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Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris)

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October 4, 2020 11:28 AM CDT

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Aquatic Milkweed (Asclepias perennis)

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October 4, 2020 11:22 AM CDT

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Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)

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October 4, 2020 11:17 AM CDT

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Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius oileus)

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October 4, 2020 11:11 AM CDT

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Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)

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October 4, 2020 10:56 AM CDT

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Turk's Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus)

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October 4, 2020 10:34 AM CDT

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American Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

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October 4, 2020 10:29 AM CDT

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Inland Wood Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)

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October 4, 2020 10:28 AM CDT

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Climbing Hempvine (Mikania scandens)

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October 4, 2020 10:27 AM CDT

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