Tom Shackelford, Class of 2018 – These Western Honey Bees have been working hard and enjoying the bird bath recently placed nearby for fresh water.
Leah Justice, 2021 – Plano Parks and Recreation and the Blackland Prairie Texas Master Naturalist Chapter partnered up for a Summer Mothing Event with Sam Kieschnick on Saturday, June 17th It was precisely the kind of night you would hope for to attract the moths, hot and humid! Despite the sweltering heat, a large crowd of about 120-130 people assembled.
Greg Tonian, 2017
The neighborhood is abuzz.
A hot, sultry breeze,
Envelops the trees.
Brown, papier mache creatures climb out of the loam,
Clinging to brick and branch with tiny hooks,
Soon to cleave asunder,
I find these abandoned climbing nymph husks,
And the fanciful flying creatures that they set free
Scattered on the concrete byways of Cicadia.
“Sweet dreams and” Flying “machines in pieces on the ground” (James Taylor),
I think to myself.
Charlise Hill-Larson, 2019
Join us on Saturday July 17th, 8:30pm, at the Spring Creek Forest Preserve, 1770 Holford Road, Garland, Texas. Join Sam Kieschnick as he kicks off the event for North Texas. Our July AT Speaker, Kimberlie Sasan, will also be there. The event is coordinated with National Moth Week which celebrates the beauty, lifecycles and habitats of moths. This event has been approved for 1 hour of AT and is hosted by the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest and the Garland Parks and Recreation Department.
By Duane Mortensen
In early fall I could often find another robber fly [Promachus hinei]. One day I saw one had caught a paper wasp. Again, I could take my time getting its portrait. It was quite impressive how the fly would control the wasp with its legs.