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Helpful Identification Guides

Updated: June, 2021

* Acanthocephalus: Spine-Headed/Leaf-footed Bugs Zootaxa article
*Agalinis: Identifying Agalinis spp. (False Foxgloves) in Texas @pfau_tarleton
* Anemones: Guide to ID @pfau_tarleton
* Assassin Bugs ( Zelus spp.) @pfau_tarleton
* Broomrape Species @blue_celery
* Broomweed: Amphiachyris dracunculoides and look-alikes @rymcdaniel
* Brambles: Dewberries and Blackberries ( Rubus species of Texas) @kimberlietx
* Bumblebees @pfau_tarletonr
* Crotons @nathantaylor
* Dandelions @nathantaylor
* Draba and related genera @pfau_tarleton
* Elms: American vs. Slippery @lisa281
* Elms: Cedar vs. Winged @lisa281
*Elms: Chinese vs. Siberian @lisa281
* Elm spring samaras: American, Slippery, and Winged Elm @lisa281
* Erigeron (Fleabane and Horseweed) @lisa281
* Frogfruits (Phyla) @lisa281
* Galls: Texas Woolly Oak Galls @kimberlietx
* Gophers vs moles (signs) @pfau_tarleton
* Hawks - Cooper's vs Sharp-shinned Cornell
* Leaves: Glossary of Leaves @kimberlietx
* Medicago (Medicks) @nathantaylor
* Mosses: Identifying Goblet Mosses @rmedina
* Moths: Guide to Petrophila Moths in Texas @gcwarbler
* Moth Wing Features @mamestraconfigurata
* Mushrooms: Simplified Key to Major Groups of Mushrooms Michael Kuo @ MushroomExpert.Com
* Mushrooms: Photographing for better ID Billy Stone, BRIT
* Packera and Senecio (Groundsels) @lisa281
* Privets ( Ligustrum spp.) @lisa281
* Sesbania (Riverhemps) @lisa281
* Soapberry vs. Pistache @baldeagle
* Solidago (Goldenrods) @bouteloua
* Spurges of the DFW area @nathantaylor
* Sumac (Rhus spp.) YouTube video @conboy
* Sumacs: Key to ID the Rhus spp of North America @conboy
* Swallowtail Butterflies: The Four Dark Swallowtails Blog: Louisiana Naturalist
* Tetrigidae Pygmy Grasshoppers @aispinsects
* Thistles: Identifying Texas Thistles Katie Stern at Perennial Ecology
* Three-Banded LeafhoppersErythroneura spp. @kimberlietx
* Tick Identification TickEncounter Resource Center
* Trees: Identify sometimes difficult trees (and other tree ID info.) @lanechaffin
* Trees: First Steps in Tree ID (You Tube Video) @lisa281
* Turkey Tail and Lookalikes @sarahduhon
Posted by lisa281 lisa281, February 26, 2020 12:25


Great resource Lisa! Bookmarking this for sure. I can add a couple more, too.
Illustrated glossary of leaves: https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/30456-illustrated-glossary-of-leaves
Three banded Leafhoppers/Erythroneura spp et al: https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/25070-three-banded-leafhoppers-erythroneura-spp-et-al

Posted by kimberlietx over 1 year ago (Flag)

Thanks, Kimberlie! I've added those links.

Posted by lisa281 over 1 year ago (Flag)

thanks lisa281 is there a way I can link/set a pointer to your article so I can retrieve this information from my favorites?

Posted by ronstephens over 1 year ago (Flag)

These are terrific!! Thanks for providing these resources.

Posted by txstack over 1 year ago (Flag)

@ronstephens Here's the way I'd do it, with the qualifier that my HTML skills are VERY limited:

Basic format: < a href="[link]">[text]< /a> [minus those extra spaces] So, the HTML would look like this, except I've added a space after each "< " to keep it from actually working:

< a href="https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/31012-helpful-identification-guides#activity_comment_4109885">A Collection of Helpful Identification Guides< /a>

If you copy and paste the above, then remove the spaces after each " < " it should render a clickable link like this:

A Collection of Helpful Identification Guides

But an even simpler way is to just copy and paste the link from the top of this page into your own journal post, then describe it however you want. Or just bookmark it in your browser.

Posted by lisa281 over 1 year ago (Flag)

lisa281 got it thanks

Posted by ronstephens over 1 year ago (Flag)

Wow! Thanks for sharing this!

Posted by connlindajo over 1 year ago (Flag)

Thanks you, Lisa, this is helpful!

Posted by alisonnorthup over 1 year ago (Flag)

Very nice & all in one place! Thank you Lisa!

Posted by postoak over 1 year ago (Flag)

This is the best thing ever!

Posted by amzapp over 1 year ago (Flag)

Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes. This. This is so great! :) Bookmarked, big time!

Posted by sambiology over 1 year ago (Flag)

Yes.... We love those great iNat folks that share their info and guides!

Posted by connlindajo over 1 year ago (Flag)

@beschwar Thought you might be interested in this, too.

Posted by kimberlietx over 1 year ago (Flag)

Yes! Thanks!

Posted by beschwar over 1 year ago (Flag)

Oh wow! Thanks for all of this work!

Posted by oceanicwilderness over 1 year ago (Flag)

@gnat79 - here's a list of resources you might find useful.

Posted by beschwar over 1 year ago (Flag)

Honored to be mentioned here! What a great list and idea. I have bookmarked and will be visiting often. Hoping to make a more inclusive and informational sumac guide soon, as I've learned much more since I created that video. I'll keep you updated :)

Posted by conboy over 1 year ago (Flag)

thanks @conboy - I'll be looking forward it!

Posted by lisa281 over 1 year ago (Flag)

This really is a great resource. Keep up the good work!

Posted by nathantaylor over 1 year ago (Flag)

Wow! This is great! Thanks for all the wonderful info!

Posted by artemis224 over 1 year ago (Flag)

Love this! Thanks! Here is a great tool from Chuck Sexton:
Artificial Key to Cisthene Moths of Texas - The Key

Posted by lovebirder over 1 year ago (Flag)

Does anyone know of a post or website about Texas Oak trees? Looking for info on tricks to tell the species apart, not just red/white/live.

Posted by kimberlietx about 1 year ago (Flag)

These are the two that I use the most:
*SFASU DendrologyDetailed information on dozens of trees, plus many helpful resources for trees
Virginia Tech DendrologyAnother helpful tree resource

The Texas A&M site is also good and very user friendly:

Posted by lisa281 about 1 year ago (Flag)

FYI: The "Identify these sometimes difficult trees" journal post link no longer works. It's been moved from its original location to a new website: https://lanechaffin.neocities.org/

The link is from @lanechaffin 's profile page.
There's also some useful info on the Texas Fraxinus species as well.

Posted by arnanthescout 4 months ago (Flag)

Thanks, @arnanthescout! I fixed the link.

Posted by lisa281 4 months ago (Flag)

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