Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos come from reader Karen Bartelt; her notes are indented:

In April my husband and I went to SW Texas, stopping first in Ft Davis.  Not only a good historical site with an old fort, the area had interesting wildlife.
First two photos:  Reakirt’s blues (Echinargus isola), mating and resting.  Ft Davis State Park:
Some sort of (red) lycid beetle.  I had no luck with a more specific ID.  Ft Davis SP:
Bewick’s wren (Thryomanes bewickii); Ft Davis SP.  We watched a pair of these building a nest.
Cactus flower, Sonoran Desert Botanical Garden.
Lesser goldfinches (Spinus psaltria). My only reasonable shot of the (black) male; Ft Davis State Park:
Acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus).  The lowest one was hollowing a nest cavity; no clue what they all were looking at!  Ft Davis SP:


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Interesting subjects!

  2. Posted June 13, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Very nice! Well done.

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Very good! I always admire those who can take pictures of insects and larger wildlife. I have not been able to do that.
    The beetle is Lycus sanguineus. Although this group of beetles has some carnivorous species, this one is apparently not. The larvae feed on fungi, and the adults visit flowers.

    • Karen Bartelt
      Posted June 13, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks for the ID!

  4. busterggi
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Used to have lots of blues over my way but they, as have most butterflies, have largely disappeared.

  5. rickflick
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    The acorn woodpecker is not seen here in NY. But I did see a pair of flickers at the top of a utility pole who were performing a mating ritual. Their heads were dipping and weaving. If you saw any such behavior, it might be that the poles provide a good setting for romance. 😎

  6. Merilee
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Love the blues, Karen!

  7. Mark R.
    Posted June 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for these…many are new to me.

  8. Posted June 14, 2017 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Liked that group… thanks. Yer blues make a nice garden visitor.

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