|Anthophora sp. at Penstemon flowers, their specialty. Photo Terry Stone|
|Andrena male (right) approaching a presumed female|
|Sand Wasp Steniolia sp.|
|mating Andrena pair|
|Palpada furcata, Copestylum mexicanum (Mexican Cactus Fly), Eristalis sp.|
|Eupeodes volucris (Bird Hover Fly)|
|Lytta auriculata (Red-eared Blister Beetle)|
Bee fly females can often be seen hovering over the entrance of a ground bee nest, tossing their eggs into it in a characteristic forward thrust.
|Mecaphesa sp. Flower Crab Spider|
|Zelus renardii (Leafhopper Assassin Bug)|
So I am looking forward to our Brittle Bush bloom every spring, and I don't mind at all that we find more young plants every year. They only grow on the artificial patio elevation anyway, I suspect that the caliche layer under the undisturbed soil does not agree with them. They pretty much dry up during between April and mid July and come alive again during the monsoon.