I usually photograph my patches of Woolly Paintbrush from the arroyo as I walk down it. Today I climbed up out of the arroyo and photographed this patch from the perspective of above looking down.
This female Rose-breasted Grosbeak showed up today. Eating mulberries transformed her into a rose-beaked grosbeak.
I was really craving to photograph an ode today, so zeroed in on this one. I haven't looked it up but I guess it's a Powdered Dancer. So far I haven't bothered with trying to catch one and scan it. Will one of these days. Just so busy.
I worked awhile in the tank in spite of strong winds. Down in the tank it's not so windy.
Brian's mounted butterflies are works of art and he's certainly a master artist. Giant-Skippers are his favorites. Here are some Yucca Giant-Skippers that he raised from pupae collected this spring east of El Paso. (By one perspective, those larva might have become food for a bird if the bird hadn't gotten killed by a speeding car.) I think I read somewhere that one bird can consume hundreds of caterpillars a day.
|Males on left, females on right.|