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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 4,763 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

Velvet ant, (Cow killer) Ornithoptera80 1 0 Velvet ant, (Cow killer)
Superb dog-day cicada Saturniidae27 2 0 Superb dog-day cicada
Sachem Ornithoptera80 1 0 Sachem
Yellow striped armyworm, (life cycle) Ornithoptera80 2 2 Yellow striped armyworm, (life cycle)
Little mesquite cicada Saturniidae27 1 0 Little mesquite cicada
Eastern cicada killer Saturniidae27 1 0 Eastern cicada killer
Mexican carpenter bee Saturniidae27 1 0 Mexican carpenter bee
Swordsman dart Ornithoptera80 3 0 Swordsman dart
American snout caterpillar Saturniidae27 1 0 American snout caterpillar
Two-lined spittlebug Saturniidae27 1 0 Two-lined spittlebug
Small mulberry borer Saturniidae27 1 0 Small mulberry borer
Widow Skimmer (female) Saturniidae27 1 0 Widow Skimmer (female)
Robin eggshell Ornithoptera80 1 0 Robin eggshell
Fractured Western snout moth Saturniidae27 1 0 Fractured Western snout moth
Henry's marsh moth Saturniidae27 1 0 Henry's marsh moth
Checkered white Ornithoptera80 2 0 Checkered white
Red-tailed flesh fly, (mating) ornithoptera80 1 0 Red-tailed flesh fly, (mating)
Green Darner (female) ornithoptera80 1 0 Green Darner (female)
Yellow striped armyworm ornithoptera80 1 0 Yellow striped armyworm
Snipe fly ornithoptera80 1 0 Snipe fly
Eastern tiger swallowtail Ornithoptera80 6 6 Eastern tiger swallowtail
Fort-tailed katydid, (nymph) Ornithoptera80 2 0 Fort-tailed katydid, (nymph)
Jumping leaf beetle ornithoptera80 1 0 Jumping leaf beetle
Passion butterfly ornithoptera80 1 0 Passion butterfly
Squash vine borer moth Ornithoptera80 3 2 Squash vine borer moth
Brown click beetle ornithoptera80 1 0 Brown click beetle
American bird grasshopper, (nymph) Ornithoptera80 2 0 American bird grasshopper, (nymph)
Ivory-marked borer Ornithoptera80 4 0 Ivory-marked borer
Eight-spotted flea beetle Saturniidae27 2 0 Eight-spotted flea beetle
Large milkweed bug Ornithoptera80 5 2 Large milkweed bug
Inornate pyrausta moth Ornithoptera80 7 6 Inornate pyrausta moth
Question mark butterfly, (laying eggs) ornithoptera80 2 0 Question mark butterfly, (laying eggs)
Grapevine beetle Saturniidae27 2 0 Grapevine beetle
Blackberry looper moth Ornithoptera80 3 0 Blackberry looper moth
Indomitable Melipotis Ornithoptera80 4 0 Indomitable Melipotis
Sachem ornithoptera80 2 0 Sachem
Pearl crescent (female) ornithoptera80 6 2 Pearl crescent (female)
Great Oak dagger moth ornithoptera80 2 0 Great Oak dagger moth
Merry melipotis moth Saturniidae27 3 0 Merry melipotis moth
Passion caterpillar/gulf fritillary caterpillar Ornithoptera80 4 0 Passion caterpillar/gulf fritillary caterpillar
Red-tailed flesh fly ornithoptera80 2 0 Red-tailed flesh fly
Mediterranean house gecko ornithoptera80 5 0 Mediterranean house gecko
Passion butterfly/Gulf fritillary Ornithoptera80 6 2 Passion butterfly/Gulf fritillary
Fiery skipper ornithoptera80 3 0 Fiery skipper
Fiery skipper (female) ornithoptera80 2 0 Fiery skipper (female)
Phaon crescent Saturniidae27 2 0 Phaon crescent
Gulf fritillary caterpillars ornithoptera80 6 2 Gulf fritillary caterpillars
Eastern leaf-footed bug Ornithoptera80 8 0 Eastern leaf-footed bug
Halloween pennant ornithoptera80 5 0 Halloween pennant
Inornate pyrausta moth ornithoptera80 4 2 Inornate pyrausta moth

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