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    OT - AZ Related: More Colorful Insects

    CJ's Desert Dwellers:

    Tailed Orange Butterfly
    Eurema proterpia

    Family: Pieridae

    Length: 35-44mm

    This is a male Tailed Orange Butterfly Eurema proterpia. This species shows some good sexual dimorphism (differrent appearances for different sexes). It also varies in appearance by season!!!

    Range: Typically South and Central America, Mexico, into southern/central Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

    Flight:July through January (if not too cold)

    This is the 'dry season or winter' form of a Tailed Orange Butterfly Eurema proterpia sipping nectar from a Mexican Blue Sage Salvia chamaedryoides . He was on the small end of the size scale.
    IMG_1483_tail_or_1024.jpg





    Southern Dogface Butterfly Colias [Zerene] cesonia


    Family: Pieridae

    Avg Size: 48-64mm

    Both sexes are yellow above and below with forewing curved and pointed. Autumn-winter individuals MAY have black marking aboove and rosy scaling beneath. This is one of the magenta-flushed winter forms (also called rosa)

    Flight is mid-to-late summer in the north and most of the year in the south. It is found from Southern California to Florida and irregularly into the Midwest/Canada/Northeast in summer.

    This photo shows the Southern Dogface Butterfly Colias [Zerene] cesonia sipping nectar from a Mealy Cup Sage Salvia farinacea


    IMG_1251_dogface_1024.jpg
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    Out of this world!

    I feel like I am an inch high inner space explorer when looking at your bug shots.

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    hey cj, thanks for sharing your pics, I always enjoy them.

    Looking forward to the next spring fling, I'll make sure we have everything we need....

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    Thanks, I always enjoy seeing picxs
    like that - theres some amazing stuff to be seen
    while riding if you take the time to look.
    By the way,as you seem to be a bug expert of sorts,
    what are those black beetles you see all over the trails ?
    (I see them all over the Golder area trails, but you might
    not know what I mean as youre from Phx.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by le_buzz
    Thanks, I always enjoy seeing picxs
    like that - theres some amazing stuff to be seen
    while riding if you take the time to look.
    By the way,as you seem to be a bug expert of sorts,
    what are those black beetles you see all over the trails ?
    (I see them all over the Golder area trails, but you might
    not know what I mean as youre from Phx.)
    Same climate as Tucson up here in Phx and same bugs! Do you mean those black beetles that will hoist their rearends in the air when disturbed? Cute little things... I'd be curious also to find out what they are. Oh, and CJ is located down your way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    Same climate as Tucson up here in Phx and same bugs! Do you mean those black beetles that will hoist their rearends in the air when disturbed? Cute little things... I'd be curious also to find out what they are. Oh, and CJ is located down your way!
    Those black butt-up beetles are Stink Beetles.

    http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/200.../stink-beetle/
    ~~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by le_buzz
    Thanks, I always enjoy seeing picxs
    like that - theres some amazing stuff to be seen
    while riding if you take the time to look.
    By the way,as you seem to be a bug expert of sorts,
    what are those black beetles you see all over the trails ?
    (I see them all over the Golder area trails, but you might
    not know what I mean as youre from Phx.)
    Hi,

    su.ling~ is correct. There is also a Batesian mimic of the Stink Beetle (or Pinacate Beetle). The 'False Pinacate Beetle' will hoist it's rear end up, imitating the foul smelling or tasting (to a predator) version. Most predators that have had an encounter with the real thing will, most likely, avoid this bug also. This type of mimicry is employed by all kinds of animals. A coiling, hissing gopher (bull)snake is another example of Batesian mimicry

    (Also, that link to Firefly Forest is great. Beautiful pictures, detailed information…That lady is great and has assisted me with an aphid nymph identification)


    Quote Originally Posted by le_buzz
    By the way,as you seem to be a bug expert of sorts,
    "of sorts" would be more of an apt description than an expert. I'm really fascinated by the area. I haven't had any formal schooling on any of it, just a geek hiding behind long hair and scruffy facial hair, (oh no, my secrets out!!! …do not fear it weedhopper…embrace the geekdom, embrace the geekdom)



    Quote Originally Posted by le_buzz
    Thanks, I always enjoy seeing picxs
    like that -

    … I mean as youre from Phx.)

    I'm glad people are enjoying the photos. Thanks for the compliments.

    I live near the Chutes. All the photos were taken at my house.
    Last edited by C.J.; 11-06-2006 at 06:20 AM.
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    willin to bet he knows the name, and how they taste.......

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    Ha!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ttocs
    willin to bet he knows the name, and how they taste.......

    LOL



    If we get El Nino, Spring Fling should be beautiful. (I'm creating my own 'wildflower meadow' so, hopefully, there will be some spring color regardless of natural conditions.)
    CJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by C.J.
    just a geek hiding behind long hair and scruffy facial hair
    Just try to make sure there are no bugs living in there

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