I am aware I've posted a whole lot of anole shots here already, but that is because they are a predominant year round companion species in my garden. Now that temperatures are warm (and getting warmer), anoles are everywhere. In a short ten minute trek around the back beds to check on buds and look for first blooms, I spotted four. I did not have to guess as to whether they are males because as you can see, they were all busy demonstrating just that fact.
You might look at this and say "no Texas Deb, I now realize you aren't kidding - you really ARE bad at the identification process, because that is sure enough Asian jasmine" to which I'd reply "Look again to the lower left. There are strands of Virginia creeper growing right under the jasmine, ready to climb up on top when the time is right.". (you have these conversations with people in your head too, right?Right??) I digress. Eight Spotted Forester Moth! On a leaf!
And now for a bit of slightly less adorable business. There have been recent reports of a new invasive ant species in our area, typically identified by a characteristic giant mounding of the opening to its colony.
Tentatively identified as a newly noted species of Dorymyrmex, at least one occurrence of the soil nesting ants with their characteristic volcano shaped entrances has been spotted in this lawn close to Lady Bird Lake. If you see this or any other large ant nesting area, proceed with caution and keep your distance.
|Luna, 2006, Ursula von Rydingsvard, artist. The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.|
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And that about wraps it up for this first Wildlife Wednesday of the warm season here in Central Texas.
Thanks as always to our most wonderful hostess, Tina, over at My Gardener Says. For more glimpses into what else is waking up and taking names around the country (Tina, are you international yet?), check out each monthly post and look for links to the participant bloggers in the comments section. You won't want to miss a single lizard (bee, butterfly or bird!).