So here goes:
|Iron Cross Beetles, Tegrodera aloga, in Sabino Canyon, April 27 2013, Photo by Ned Harris|
|Gambel's Quail, Callipepla gambelii, with chicks|
|Centris pallida on Ironwood and Centris rhodopus on White Ratanay|
Mesquite flowers in Saguaro National Park West are covered in mating Netwing Beetles of the genus Lucaina, and the first Lycus sanguinea showed up, too. No group leks for this species.
|Creosote Bush Katydid, Insara covilleae, nymph|
|Enallagma civile (Familiar Bluet)|
Today: May 1, the first Lesser Nighthawk swooped out of his hiding spot in a Palo Verde in the State Land. In the evening they were courting, a pair gracefully dancing over our backyard while continuously making a sound like a melodious purr.
|White-throated Swifts Aeronautes saxatalis) adapted from a photo by Alexander Viduetski|
|Little swarm of feral, Africanized Honey Bees. The wandering swarm (left) is very peaceful and approachable. The one that found a cavity in the saguaro will build a hive there and then may get aggressively territorial|
|Male Black-tailed Gnatcatcher|
|Palo Verde Looper, Faculta inequalis|
The adult moths are coming to my black-light at night where they are eagerly awaited by several small Red-spotted Toads who were joined last night by the first huge Sonoran Desert Toad.
|Western Banded Gecko, Coleonyx variegatus|