|Leaf Beetles: Leptinotarsa haldemani, Leptinotarsa rubiginosa, Chelymorpha phytophagica, Zygogramma continua|
|Metallic Wood-boring Beetles: Lampetis drummondi, Acmaeodera gibbula, Hippomelas sphenicus|
|Phidippus carneus feeding on Border Patch (Chlosyne lacinia), Peucetia viridans (Green Lynx Spider) feeding on Ammophila wasp, Perillus splendidus feeding on Zygogramma opifera|
From below Pena Blanca Lake all the way to the higher elevations of Sycamore Canyon the road sides were alive with butterflies, grasshoppers, leaf beetles, buprestids and all the predators that these vegetarians attract.
|Along Ruby Road, Photo Rich Hoyer|
I had a request from Dave Wagner to collect Datana caterpillars that feed on Manzanita. Rich knew exactly where to look so we found several clutches of the brightly colored guys. They seem to stay together in protective groups. Their defensive pose reminds strongly of that of very poisonous sawfly larvae.
|Prolimacodes trigona (Western Skiff Moth - Hodges#4670) Photo David Wagner|
|Rich Hoyer just stirred up hundreds of butterflies, Dogfaces, Sulfurs, Mexican and Tailed Yellows from a puddle|
|Taeniopoda eques (Horse Lubber)|
|Looking down into Sycamore Canyon|
|Lichen Grasshopper, Photo Bob Behrstock|
|Cactus Longhorn Moneilema appressum|
The heavy rainfall was rather local, so down at Pena Blanca Canyon it was still dry and warm enough to set up the black lights. Before it got dark, Rich imitated the call of a Whiskered Screech Owl. I had witnessed that spectacle before: all kinds of small birds mobbing him and eventually even an owl coming to meet him. But the numbers and the variety of birds at Pena Blanca was still amazing. There were Summer Tanagers, Bridled Titmice, Anna's Hummers, several Flycatcher spp., White-breasted Nuthatches, several spp. of Warblers, painted Redstarts, Black-headed Grosbeaks, a very pretty Varied Bunting, Lesser Goldfinches, Gnat Catchers -- all of them close enough to make me wish I had traded in my trusted old Leitz binoculars for a modern pair with closer focus.
|Conchylodes ovulalis, Choristostigma roseopennalis, Pero flavisaria|
|Palpita quadristigmalis, Grotella tricolor, Hypercompe suffusa, Dichordophora phoenix, Terastia meticulosalis, Cirrhophanus dyari, Theroa zethus|
I am still new enough to moth-watching that every black-lighting event brings me something new and exciting, even though the big impressive moths seem to be gone now. I also found a couple of new Cerambycids.
Rich had brought a UV flashlight to look for scorpions. Scorpions reflect uv-light radiantly in purple or green. He wasn't disappointed and he also found another Arachnid, a spider surrounded by bright luminescence that was coming from the egg sack that she was guarding.
|Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Rana chiricahuensis, and Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad, Gastrophryne olivacea|
|Giant Desert Centipede, Scolopendra heros|