|Bombyliid Paravilla sp.|
|Acrobat Ants, Crematogaster, tending to Membracid Vanduzea laeta|
At Florida Canyon, a short stop at the creek revealed no water, but Eric spotted and orange flash among the rocks and dry oak leaves: the short distance flight of the incredibly cryptic Oak Leaf Grasshopper.
|Oak Leaf Grasshopper,Tomonotus ferruginosus|
|Red-Spotted Purple, Limenitis arthemis astyanax|
|Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes|
Those Thistles yielded scores of interesting bees that I'm saving for another blog and some enormous Sand Wasps - for scale, just consider that the Didasia on the right is about the same size as a Honey Bee.
A nice Ambush Bug also showed up on the thistle. This species is always recognizable by the arrow head on its back.
|Peltophorus polymitus seminiveus|
We found all the True Bugs that we expected and more. Also Soldier flies and many different species of wasps that were drawn to the sugary leaks.
|Sonoran Whipsnake Masticophis bilineatus|