Satyrs are one of my favorite groups of butterflies. They have a characteristic bouncy flight style that makes them easy to recognize. Mostly clad in earthtone browns and reds, there are 12 species found in Arizona. My personal favorite is the Red-bordered Satyr (Gyrocheilus patrobas), a large, dark, very distinctive butterfly. These things show up […]

Lake Cochise Surprises

This morning I headed to Lake Cochise in Willcox (Cochise County) to scout for an upcoming field trip. I went to the lake in search of shorebirds, the subject of the trip. It was a successful mission as I saw hundreds of phalaropes, avocets, stilts, and sandpipers. However the stars of the day were a […]

A Very Nice Yard Bird

I am very fortunate to live in southern Arizona, the birding capital of North America. Not only are there are wonderful birds to be seen in the mountains, canyons, and deserts, but your own backyard can be a wonderful place to observe birds. One of the birds that I see (and hear) in my yard […]

The Assassin on the Flower

Flowers attract many kinds of insects. There are the obvious ones- bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps, flies. Then there are the not so obvious ones. But both groups visit flowers for the same reason, namely, food. The first group visits flowers for nectar and pollen. These insects play a vital role in the ecology of […]

The Non-Amphibian Amphibian

The word amphibian means “living a double life,” in reference to the fact that many amphibians are terrestrial but return to water to breed. Almost by definition, deserts are not exactly welcoming to frogs, toads, and salamanders. Yet the deserts of Arizona are home to a surprising number of amphibians. One species in particular is […]

Really Cool Mantis

A few days ago, I was in Montosa Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains. I was doing some scouting for the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival. As I got out of my car, I noticed an insect on the road. It was clearly a mantis by its general appearance. However, it looked like no […]

The Joy and Wonder of Black Lights

I really enjoy insects. One of my favorite things to do is setting up a black light somewhere and see what it attracts. Last night, my son and I, along with a small group of diehards, set up a black light in Madera Canyon. I say diehards because they waited in the rain for about […]

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