The rush milkweed (also called desert milkweed) plants are in bloom.
Turns out the buds, flowers, and seed pods are a bounty of food for insects.
If you have been following Bug of the Week, you can probably recognize some of the seven insects that I found on the rush milkweed today.
- What are the yellow-orange insects?
2. How about this red and black one?
3. What is this insect? What do you think it's waiting for?
4. Here's another waiting insect. What is it?
5. This one is tricky. What do you think it is?
6. This is another tough one. We've already looked at the yellow orange insects. So, what is the pale green oval at the end of the hairlike stalk?
7. Finally, who is this striped cutie?
Milkweeds are home to some interesting insects. Do you have any milkweeds growing nearby?
Edit: The answers are now posted.
During a recent trip to the Desert Botanical Garden we saw insects showing off their wings.
Most people notice the zebra butterflies.
But up close the picture-winged fly's wings are just as showy.
What do you think?
The little leaf cordia (Cordia parvifolia) is covered with white blooms right now.
They attract quite a few flying insects.
Wonder why this fly is sitting on a leaf rather than a flower.
Most of the leaves are dry and slightly fuzzy.
However, some of the leaves are dripping with nectar, which seems to be coming out of glands near the petiole.
Flies have a mouth like a sponge which they use to sop up liquids like nectar.
The little leaf cordia is a visual treat for humans and a sweet treat for insects.