The Wildlife Refuge Wildflowers And Bugs

As you enter the Wildlife Refuge you see the Large Leaf Milkweed that has one of the strangest looking blooms in under its broad leaves. Most people didn’t even know they had a bloom and are shocked when they see what it looks like. The Red Ants are having a field day on the nectar that seeps from this plant.

This Snow On The Mountain  bloom is about to be visited by the little Bee on the left side of the picture. He looks to be dead still, but is just hovering close waiting for me to leave.

The Ladybug makes a colorful addition to this False Queen Ann’s Lace bloom. It looks like there are two of them stuck together on this little stem. They have not arrived in the area in large numbers at this time, but usually build up in time to keep a lot of field pest under control.

I didn’t even see the Spider that is to the left of center in the picture till I downloaded it. He sure blends well with the color of this bloom. The plant is The Plains Zinnia and is a very hardy dry-land plant.

I had forgot to mention that the Sandhill Crane that visit each fall have been numbered as a Blue Zillion. I didn’t do the counting, but the number is impressive when you see them coming and going from the refuge. Enough for today and their is more pictures for another time. Pray for rain so people and Wild things can make another year in West texas. John Tucker

About whyilovewesttexas

I am a Native Seed Grower and avid photographer. I enjoy gardening, hunting and writing stories about farm life and the things that go along with it. Wildflowers and wildlife are my favorite subjects, but dogs, goats, cattle, and cats are photographed also. I follow Texas Tech Sports and Texas Ranger baseball closely. I am a Texas Tech graduate in Agriculture Engineering. Class of 1969.
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10 Responses to The Wildlife Refuge Wildflowers And Bugs

  1. Very nice shots here !!

  2. Yes, milkweeds have some intricate flowers. Do you know which species “large-leaf milkweed” is?

    I was thinking about snow-on-the-mountain just yesterday. Is yours already flowering, as the picture would make us think? If so, I’d better go have a look at places where I can expect to find it in central Texas.

    Steve Schwartzman

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

    • The Milkweed you are asking about is Asclepias latifolia, also called Broad-leaved Milkweed. It is the most common one in this area, but we do have a little Antelopes Horn on wetter years. The Snow On The Mountain is about two weeks early this year. Most years it is more of a late summer plant.

  3. WOW! That Snow on the Mountain shot is stunning! Your new marco lens is really paying off. We’ve always loved visiting the Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge so these last three posts have been especially nice. Keep up the good work!

    • I have really enjoyed it, but I find it hard to get the depth of field when looking down a deep throated flower. I’ll bet by this time next year I’ll have it figured out. Thanks for the comment

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