|Megathymus ursus, Ursus Giant Skipper|
Butterfly folks always ask if I see these. Now I know why, this is one very impressive skipper! Big and heavy! Rare enough to for mine to be the first for AZ on BugGuide.net, even though the type-location is the Catalina Mts in Pima Co (Type-location: where the originally described specimen was found). The inside of the wings has yellowish-gold markings, but It would not sit still to have those photographed.
|Campsomeris ephippium male|
The females are usually busy scouting the ground for big scarab larvae, but males can be found nectaring on flowers. These Mexican wasps are now permanent residents in SE Arizona including the Catalinas (Sabino Canyon). I think we saw the first ones around 2010 in the Huachuca Mountains.
|Triscolia ardens females|
|Pogonomyrmex sp. mating|
|A nice Mydas Fly along Proctor Road.|
|Ammophila Wasp and a nice metallic bee|
|Macrodactylus uniformis (Western Rose Chafers)|
|Anomala nimbosa pair|
|Euphoria monticola (Photo Sue Carnahan) and Euphoria leucographa|
|The long face of Lycus arizonensis|
Mecki would like to point out that all the photos above, except the Pogo ones, where a cooperative effort. From Bear Skippers to Tiger Beetles, we faced and stalked them all of them together, connected by the legally prescribed leash. How else would she keep the camera steady?