Some Southwestern Insects

Aglais milbertiMilbert’s Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti). I’ve only identified a couple of the following, so holler if you know any of them.
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Battus philenorPipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor).i16i10This katydid was dropped in front of me by a surprised Western Tanager. I think the katydid was surprised too, if not in shock.i5Like the chimney-shaped ant colony entrance, this is another sign of an insect, in this case a gall-maker (evidently several species make willows produce these cone-like structures).

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3 Responses to “Some Southwestern Insects”


  1. 1 Rambling Woods September 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I came here after doing a search for a mud dauber nest and found your post on it. I too missed the building of the one under my porch eve. I know they are solitary and aren’t dangerous, but many people are so quick with the bug spray. Nice photos you took on your trip…Michelle

  2. 2 Gillian September 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Those black and yellow beetles on the pink flower look like some soldier beetles we have here, the Pennsylvania Leatherwing. They are likely some sort of relation as the Pennsylvania Leatherwing seems to be found only in the east. I don’t know what the dragonfly is, but he’s beautiful!


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