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What sort of insect activity did the recent rains and high humidity bring out?

slender-bee-fly-geron1. A slender bee fly, genus Geron

moth-with-spots2. A brightly-marked moth, out in full daylight

snout-butterfly3. Yay, the snout butterflies are back!

Fall is the time when we usually have a lot of caterpillars. We'll have to see if this is a good year for them.

 

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This has been an unbelievable month for butterflies in our yard.

Of course many of them are like this panted lady, way up in a tree.

Can't see it?

The magic of Photoshop brings it closer.

Some of the butterflies are easier to observe.

Take this American snout butterfly from a few weeks ago.

I was able to find one sunning on a bush at ground level. Turns out that they are quite colorful with their wings open.

This white butterfly might be a checkered white.

Dainty sulphurs are active in the Southwest throughout the winter months.

They are the smallest of the sulphur butterflies.

The queen butterflies steal the show, however.

These are homegrown, as you can see from the caterpillar.

Yes, November is a great time to observe butterflies in the Sonoran Desert.