Desert Millipede. Red leg Black color variant. This male specimen is roughly 6 inches long. Found in the Sonoran Desert, they prefer rocky, shrubby, damp areas, and areas with tree stumps. They can live up to 10 years in ideal conditions. These millipedes also secrete a smelly, toxic liquid from the top of their legs when disturbed which can potentially irritate the skin and eyes of a human.
Red leg Black color variant.
Neon Skimmer Dragonfly. Male. This was a large specimen found in my yard at nearly 2.5" body length. Very cooperative, this guy kept coming back to the same couple perches through the entire photoshoot.
Red Legged Grasshopper. Unknown sex or age. Found in an orange tree. Can eat alfalfa, clover, soybeans, small grains, beans, beets, cabbage, and potato. Among other crops and plants.
Butterflies on bush
Lake Patagonia. A large bush at the campsite was host to dozens of butterflies, bees and others.
Robber Fly Redux
Re-created focus stacks of a Robber Fly from Pima County, AZ. (Promachus princeps) Using Helicon Focus instead of Photoshop. 66 image stack.
Re-created focus stacks of a Robber Fly from Pima County, AZ. (Promachus princeps) Using Helicon Focus instead of Photoshop. 56 image stack.
Focus stacks of a Robber Fly from Pima County, AZ. (Promachus princeps) Using Helicon Focus. 74 image stack.
Camponotus festinatus panorama
173 image focus stack and panorama. Carpenter ant juvenile queen? Tucson, AZ.55
Pinned and Posed. A Paper wasp, commonly seen when blooms abound. Having bright colors and a painful sting, these fearless flyers makes nests out of chewed materials that resemble paper.
The caterpillar form of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly. These guys eat citrus leaves like it's going out of style. Beautiful butterflies, pestlike caterpillars.
What I assume is a Milkweed bug. Incredibly common, both inside and outside most of the year. More of an annoyance than anything, they feed off the sap of plants they hang out on.
Some unknown beetles found on the aging blossom of a lemon tree.