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Biodiversity of Texas

Biodiversity of Texas

All plants and wildlife are eligible for the mission if they are native to Texas or migrating to Texas. Please be as accurate as possible with the description, habitat, and location. Many varieties exist of a species or plant due to the large expanse of Texas. Young ones, with the parents’ permission, are encouraged to add to the mission. Sign in to join mission

Biodiversity of Texas
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243 participants 4,706 spottings

Texas, being the 2nd largest state in the U.S., consists of diverse landscapes that resemble the American South and Southwest. Contrary to the popular notion that Texas is a desert state, less than 10% of the actual terrain is desert. Coastlines, piney woods, forests, grasslands, rolling plains, rugged hills, swamps, prairies, caves, and the desert and mountains of the Big Bend all describe the diversity of Texas. Within these terrains lives a variety of plant-life and wildlife, some of which is endangered.

Biodiversity of Texas

Lat: 31.14 Long: -99.64

Recent Spottings

Gulf fritillary butterfly ornithoptera80 2 0 Gulf fritillary butterfly
Black snout moth ornithoptera80 1 1 Black snout moth
Zigzag spider Saturniidae27 9 3 Zigzag spider
Gulf fritillary, (♀) ornithoptera80 2 0 Gulf fritillary, (♀)
Gulf fritillary ornithoptera80 2 0 Gulf fritillary
Zigzag spider Saturniidae27 1 0 Zigzag spider
Ichneumon wasp Saturniidae27 1 0 Ichneumon wasp
Mexican yellow ♀ ornithoptera80 2 4 Mexican yellow ♀
Three-cornered Alfalfa Hopper ornithoptera80 6 2 Three-cornered Alfalfa Hopper
Question mark caterpillar, (3rd instar) ornithoptera80 9 4 Question mark caterpillar, (3rd instar)
Red-throated anole Saturniidae27 3 2 Red-throated anole
Red-throated anole Saturniidae27 1 0 Red-throated anole
Amaranth flea beetle Saturniidae27 1 0 Amaranth flea beetle
Bird grasshopper (nymph) ornithoptera80 1 0 Bird grasshopper (nymph)
Gray hairstreak Saturniidae27 3 0 Gray hairstreak
Brown marmorated stink bug Saturniidae27 1 0 Brown marmorated stink bug
Salt marsh moth (♂) ornithoptera80 6 0 Salt marsh moth (♂)
Gulf Coast Toad Saturniidae27 1 0 Gulf Coast Toad
Passion caterpillar Saturniidae27 6 0 Passion caterpillar
Pleated inkcap ornithoptera80 1 0 Pleated inkcap
Rice stink bugs (mating) Saturniidae27 2 0 Rice stink bugs (mating)
Gulf fritillary caterpillars ornithoptera80 2 0 Gulf fritillary caterpillars
Leafhopper assassin bug Saturniidae27 1 0 Leafhopper assassin bug
Gulf fritillary caterpillar, (2nd instar) ornithoptera80 1 0 Gulf fritillary caterpillar, (2nd instar)
Eastern phoebe Saturniidae27 2 0 Eastern phoebe
Mason wasp (♂) ornithoptera80 2 2 Mason wasp (♂)
Triangulate bud spider (♂) Saturniidae27 1 0 Triangulate bud spider (♂)
Mason wasp ornithoptera80 3 2 Mason wasp
Mason wasp Saturniidae27 3 0 Mason wasp
Green anole ornithoptera80 1 0 Green anole
Texas flower scarab Saturniidae27 2 0 Texas flower scarab
Carolinian elegant Saturniidae27 2 0 Carolinian elegant
Variegated meadowhawk Saturniidae27 2 3 Variegated meadowhawk
Pearl crescent ornithoptera80 2 0 Pearl crescent
Eastern black swallowtail Saturniidae27 2 0 Eastern black swallowtail
Western honey bee Saturniidae27 1 0 Western honey bee
Coastal plains toad Saturniidae27 3 2 Coastal plains toad
Indomitable Melipotis Moth Brian38 2 0 Indomitable Melipotis Moth
Dark flower scarab beetle Saturniidae27 1 0 Dark flower scarab beetle
Bee fly Brian38 1 0 Bee fly
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Brian38 5 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Spoon-tailed short-wing katydid Brian38 1 0 Spoon-tailed short-wing katydid
Autumn red-winged Grasshopper Brian38 1 0 Autumn red-winged Grasshopper
Great kiskadee Brian38 6 0 Great kiskadee
Mexican Two-Tailed Spider Brian38 2 0 Mexican Two-Tailed Spider
Ruddy turnstone Brian38 1 0 Ruddy turnstone
Pale Green Assassin Bug Brian38 1 0 Pale Green Assassin Bug
American Giant Millipede Tukup 4 2 American Giant Millipede
Brown anole (mating) Brian38 4 0 Brown anole (mating)
Eastern cottontail Brian38 2 2 Eastern cottontail

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