|Photo by Shawna Caldwell: How the fire in the catalinas started|
Honey Bees were all over the flowers in the morning sun. These opportunistic generalists among bees are probably not suited to pollinate the big flowers. That is probably usually done by big Manduca and other Sphinx Moths. But those have been out in numbers a couple of weeks ago. I saw them at my black lights. At the moment they seem rather scarce. Perhaps I just do not see them at my lights because the moon is rather full..
|Peniocereus greggii, Queen of the Night|
By the 12th of June the Big Horn Fire in the Catalinas had spread. The inferno came down the mountain towards foothills homes and 100s of people had to evacuate, others are on stand-by.
|View towards the Catalinas from Tucson on June 11th 2020|