|Madera Creek above Proctor Road. Running clear and fresh|
|Chauliognathus limbicollis and Scoliid Wasp|
|Black Tarantula Hawk, from its size probably Pepsis grossa, black form|
|Spiderwasp Poecilopompilus sp. that in size and coloring reminded of a Polistes|
|Cucullia sp., Hooded Owlet caterpillar|
Soldier Beetles feed on pollen and nectar (?). Flowers are also the meeting ground for couples. Several other species will still reach their peak later in October.
|Acmaeodera amabilis, A. amplicollis, A resplendens|
|Belonuchus (?) sp. and Acmaeodera amabilis|
|Melissodes cf. confusa female|
|Tiny Checkerspots and Palmer's Metallmarks|
|Gyrocheilus patrobas (Red-bordered Satyr - Hodges#4602)|
We saw so many Red-bordered Satyrs that Randy joked that one was following me around, trying to lure me into the abyss. In fact, they seemed territorial and we kept trespassing. They perched rarely on flowers, but on the ground and in the low foliage of trees along the slope.
|Phytocoris sp. Leaf Bug|
Butterflies are considered beautiful by most. It takes closer observation to discover the beauty of some other orders of insect . I thought this Plant Bug (Mirid) in the genus Phytocoris as amazing in color and pattern as any Butterfly. But because of the lack of public interest in the group, and the fact that this species is of no great economic importance, there is probably no easily accessible literature to identify it, just as there is no common name.
My faithful companions patiently waited for me to examine each and every flower along the trail. At least I did not turn every rock. But they never act bored. It so lovely to be out in this autumn weather. And here in Arizona, we are only at the beginning of another great outdoors season.