After this years Beetle Bash Eric Eaton and I explored the rocks and cliffs of Cochise Stronghold. I'll post photos and observations from this excursion another time. This blog will just focus on the very humble looking strip of vegetation along Ironwood Rd (none of those trees anywhere), the road that connects Cochise Stronghold in the Dragoons to the flatland of the Sulphursprings Valley.
Along dry grassland, run-off from the road feeds a narrow green strip of Senna, Silverleaf Nightshade, little blooming gourds, a Zinnia species and stands of a fresh-green, knee-high Asteracea that wasn't blooming yet. On its slightly sticky leaves we found most of the insects shown below.
|Altica sp. and Systena sp.|
|Zygogramma piceicollis and a pair of Leptinotarsa decemlineata|
|Rainbow Grasshopper, Dactylotum bicolor Toothpick Grasshopper, Achurum sp. Horselubber Taeniopoda eques|
|Apiomirus sissipes and Apiomerus flaviventris|
Two assasin bugs that are also called bee assassins, because they often hang out around flowers to grab nectaring bees. Even though nothing was blooming yet these guys seemed to make a good living hunting the abundant leaf beetles.
|Juv. Phidippus sp. Megaphorus sp. Argid Sawfly Anasa sp. Battus philenor|