The Jacarandas are in bloom!
But otherwise, the plant life is suffering from drought. We are in month five of the dry season. We have had only one day (March 9th, 2014) of significant rainfall so far this year, and it shows.
However, a few insect species have made a reappearance after several months absent. Maybe this is an indication of changing conditions?
1. Unidentified species of stink bug. [Rare]
1. Pollistes sp.: [Occasional]
Additional Hymenoptera species observed but not photographed:
- Ampulex compressa: [Common]
- Psorthaspis sp. (not confirmed): [Rare]
- Apis sp: [Frequent]
Lepidoptera: (Insects in this order are the most frequently observed at this time.)
1. Achlyodes pallida: Observed March 15, 2014. Not photographed, but similar to this one seen in Mexico City two weeks earlier. [Rare]
2. Anthanassa sp.: Based on markings, I saw at least two different species during this observation period, but was unable to definitively identify them. [Occasional]
3. Chlosyne ehrenbergii. Prior to this observation, the last time I recorded seeing this species was November 29, 2013. [Rare]
4. Danaus plexippus: [Rare]
5. Eurema daira sidonia. This species remains the most frequently observed, although some adults are starting to look a little worn. [Abundant]
6. Blues: I have observed at least two species of Blues, which I suspect are Echinargus isola (not pictured) and Hemiargus ceraunus (below). [Occasional]
7. Junonia sp.: I only saw one Buckeye during this observation period, but it was a beauty! [Rare]
8. Myscelia sp.: There are a few species of Myscelia in our area. I think the one below could be Myscelia ethusa and the following is likely Myscelia cyananthe. [Occasional to Rare]
9. Papilio sp.: I suspect that this is a Papilio species. Prior to this observation, the last time I recorded seeing a species in the Swallowtail family was November 17, 2013.
10. Phyciodes pallescens: [Occasional]
11. Polites vibex praeceps: One lonely but beautiful male. [Rare]
12. Siproeta stelenes biplagiata: There are at least two adults who have taken up residence in a tree. [Frequent to Occasional]
13. Caterpillar, suspected Pyrrharctia isabella. [Rare]
Additional Lepidoptera species observed but not photographed:
- Ancyloxypha arene and/or Copaedes minima: [Occasional to Rare]
- Calephelis sp. : [Rare]
- Cyllopsis sp.: [Occasional]
- Heliconius charithonia: [Rare]
- Pyrgus oileus: [Rare]
Until next week… In the meantime, please do a rain dance for us!
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