I have no clue what this insect is but I’m trying to find out. He has some loooong antennae, though. He was soaking up the sunshine nibbling the lantana.
Today’s weather sounded more like a fortune than a forecast. I intended to go birding somewhere but made the often repeated mistake of sitting in the backyard watching the birds “for just a couple minutes,” and then it was too late to head out. Tomorrow…
Great-tailed Grackle, female
Anna’s Hummingbirds, males, molting
Verdin and Anna’s Hummingbird
You can see that Verdins are only a tiny bit larger than hummingbirds.
Honey Bee (with full pollen baskets)
American Kestrel, male
The female Kestrel flew in a few seconds later and all the rest of the birds took off. They soon left, empty-taloned.
Notice how the skippers, above and below, seem to have tiny little horns coming out of their heads? I never noticed that until today, after years of photographing them.
The lantana is the popular place to be if you’re a little flying critter. I’ve seen some other butterflies there in the last few days but haven’t been able to get any shots.
One morning last week I volunteered at the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) and walked the garden afterwards. It was a gloomy day and a little cooler so I thought the birds would be out in full force. Wrong. I didn’t take one photo. Fortunately, I had been there the week before, though, and did get a few pictures…on another gloomy day.
And it was beginning to look autumnal…
These particular butterflies were all over the place. And so were the Lesser Goldfinches in all sorts of acrobatic positions:
Anna’s Hummingbirds, female and male
Creosote Gall (with midges inside!)
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At least in Arizona, it is. These photos were all taken at Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery, close to my house.
Hope Spring is headed your way, too.
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Tagged Bees, Flora
Coming in for a landing…
Total body contact. Those are 2 different Queen Butterflies, above.
Bee on Gaillardia
(Click to enlarge bee and see the golden pollen on its feet.)
Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery, a new central Phoenix nursery, where #2-4 above photos were taken. Cool mural.
Anna’s Hummingbird, males
House Finch, male
Another Skipper, possibly a Clouded Skipper, there are just too many skipper types to positively ID.
A friend gave me this solar birdhouse. It looks very pretty at night, hope no birdies try to move in.
Bee on Fishhook Cactus
Roseate Skimmer, male
Roseate Skimmer, female
The lantanas have been buzzing with critters:
This is a Gray Hairstreak, above, whose camouflaged tail has apparently met with a predator. “This is a case of a “false head” in a butterfly. While the real head is inconspicuous, the posterior part of the wings bear a gaudy, attention-attracting false head, colored orange and replete with fake eyespots, fake antennae, and fake legs. Note as well that the wing patterns call attention to the fake head by converging on it.” I guess the camouflage worked but now it has nothing for the next time…
Below is a photo from last year of an intact hairstreak.
All but 2 of these photos were taken in (or, in the case of the moon, from) my yard. Thanks to the silly Belvita commercials, #morningwin is my favorite hashtag. Nothing like starting the day seeing something you think is awesome.
Here’s a fun article about Carolyn Lavender, a local artist I know, and whose yard I’ve taken bird photos in!