In southern Arizona, October can still be a pretty good month for insect ans spider observations. So the four of us headed west on Ruby Road for Sycamore Canyon in Santa Cruz County.
Close to Pena Blanca Lake, Ruby Road turns into a dirt Road that winds its way up through the Atascosa and later the Pajarito Mountains.
It's a lush, beautiful place, not the hard unforgiving desert that claims so many lives, but border patrol keeps a permanent presence. We met an agent peacefully lunching in the shade way up the canyon. We also came across a big cache of supplies for the greatest needs of human wanderers.
|Leslie Brown Eguchi and Sue Carnahan|
Further down, fish were crowded in little remaining ponds, but the rare chubb species that occur here are well adapted and can survive buried deep down in mud if they have to.
|Rhantus gutticollis,, Boreonectes sp, , Laccophilus fasciatus, Thermonectus nigrofasciatus,|
Rhantus atricolor, Thermonectus marmoratus
|Grasses and perennials setting fruit|
|Ericydeus lautus, Conotrachelus arizonicus, Zygogramma continua|
Collops grandis, Lobometopon fusiforme or related Pimelinae, Phaenus quadridens
|Desert Firetails et al - Damseflies by Lealie Brown Eguchi|
|Piezogaster spurcus and Pselliopus near zebra|
|Phidippus octopunctatus and P apacheanus males|
|Arctosa litoralis spinning electric blue silk?|
|Zenodoxus rubens Photo Sue Canahan|