Our toads have been out for a while now, though. First several small Red-spotted toads and since the beginning of the week also many of the big Sonoran Desert Toads.
Big blue wasps (more than 4 cm long) with orange wings, the Tarantula Hawks, can be seen at any time, even around the winter solstice, but now they are very active around our one blooming eucalyptus tree (we had a leaky irrigation line there) and appear at my black light at night. Luckily they haven't found the pretty tarantula that lives by the cloth line...
Other Arachnids are using my black lights as a hunting beacon. Solifugids and Scorpions are always around.
Our Mediterranean Night Gecko also hangs out around the lights - he knows that he'll find plenty of drowsy moths.
So far we had the typical June heat with clear blue skies, temperatures just above 100 F and very low humidity. Nevertheless, last night the first Palo Verde Beetle, all shiny and new, was sitting on the warm garage wall. We were surprised: they usually wait for the monsoon rains as their signal to emerge.
This morning there were some harmless little clouds in a blue sky. At noon, they looked like small thunderheads over Mt Wassem.
By 3pm it was getting dark over Tucson, then a sandstorm rolled through with gusts up to 50 mi/h - followed lightning, thunder (two of our dogs demanded to come inside) a 20 F temperature drop within 20 min, and then pouring rain. In June! It's unheard of! The acrid smell of the wet sand mingles with the aroma of the creosote bushes. We love it!
Now, at 5:15 pm, the sun is shining again and we are ready to join our neighbors for an outdoor barbeque.