Still no rain and the temperature is rising. Today, we hit 93 F. I tried to brave it, but didn’t last very long. Even the butterflies seemed to have decided it was too hot to fly around much. The honey bees seem to be thrilled about the weather, though!

The rainy season doesn’t usually start until May, so the critters here have awhile to wait before the plant life recovers.  One of the favorite butterfly hangouts  is looking pretty dry.

Plants have dried out due to lack of rain. Cuernavaca, Mexico. March 21, 2014.
Plants have dried out due to lack of rain. Cuernavaca, Mexico. March 21, 2014.

But it’s not all bad news – the banana plants are still sporting green leaves and there are some spectacular bamboo plants across the creek.

Bamboo plants. March 22, 2014.
Bamboo plants. March 22, 2014.

Here’s what was crawling and flying around this week.

Araneae:

1. Ok, technically this guy (or gal) wasn’t in my observation area. It was under the doormat on my back porch! But I would love to get a species ID. My guess is it may be a Tengellidae. [Rare]

Spider in Tengillidae family? Observed March 16, 2014.
Spider in Tengillidae family? Observed March 16, 2014.

Blatoddea:

1. Cockroach, unidentified species.  [Rare]

Cockroach, unidentified species. Observed March 22, 2014.
Cockroach, unidentified species. Observed March 22, 2014.

Hemiptera:

1. Largidae? These bugs are everywhere! I haven’t identified them to species, but I suspect they are in the family Largidae (Bordered Plant Bugs). I’m not sure if the following represent different development stages (nymphs and adults can differ substantially in coloring), or if they are two different species. [Abundant]

Largidae? Observed March 22, 2014.
Largidae? Observed March 22, 2014.
Largidae? Observed March 22, 2014.
Largidae? Observed March 22, 2014.

Hymenoptera:

1. Apis sp.: Honey bees are suddenly out in force! But they’re far too busy to sit still for a nice portrait. [Abundant]

Apis sp. Observed March 22, 2014.
Apis sp. Observed March 22, 2014.

Lepidoptera: This remains the most frequently observed order at this time.

1. Cabares potrillo: This was my first time observing this species. I saw two adults, who are sticking around the banana plants. [Occasional]

Cabares potrillo. Observed March 20, 2014.
Cabares potrillo. Observed March 20, 2014.
Cabares potrillo, 2nd individual. Observed March 20, 2014.
Cabares potrillo, 2nd individual. Observed March 20, 2014.

2. Calephelis sp.: [Rare]

Calephelis sp. Observed March 19, 2014.
Calephelis sp. Observed March 19, 2014.

3. Eurema daira sidonia: This remains the most frequently observed butterfly species at this time. [Abundant]

Eurema daira sidonia. Observed March 20, 2014.
Eurema daira sidonia. Observed March 20, 2014.

4. Opsiphanes cassina fabricii: [Rare]

Opsiphanes cassina fabricii. Observed March 19, 2014.
Opsiphanes cassina fabricii. Observed March 19, 2014.

5. Skipper: Possibly a Pompeius sp.? [Rare]

Pompeius? Observed March 21, 2014.
Pompeius sp? Observed March 21, 2014.

6. Pyrgus oileus: [Occasional]

Pyrgus oileus. Observed March 20, 2014.
Pyrgus oileus. Observed March 20, 2014.

7. Spiroeta stelenes biplagiata: The same two adults are still hanging out in the same tree. [Frequent to Occasional]

Siproeta stelenes biplagiata. Observed March 20, 2014.
Siproeta stelenes biplagiata. Observed March 20, 2014.

8. Urbanus teleus: This female was missing her tails, poor thing! [Rare]

Urbanus teleus. Observed  March 20, 2014.
Urbanus teleus. Observed March 20, 2014.

9. Vacerra sp: [Rare]

Vacerra sp. Observed March 19, 2014.
Vacerra sp. Observed March 19, 2014.

Other Lepidoptera species observed but not photographed.

  • Cyllopsis sp. [Frequent]
  • Danaus plexippus [Rare]
  • Myscelia sp. [Rare]

Scorpiones:

1. This critter wasn’t in my observation area. (It was under the doormat with the spider!) But I would love to get a species ID, especially since we find these inside the house. [Occasional]

Scorpion, unidentified species. Observed March 16, 2014.
Scorpion, unidentified species. Observed March 16, 2014.

My thanks to Andy Warren (@AndyBugGuy) for identifying some of the butterflies above.  And please help me out with additional species identifications, if you can!

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