The ground is covered with fallen Jacaranda flowers.

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We had a brief spell of rain on March 25, but otherwise conditions have been dry and hot.  Daily peak temperatures are above 90 F.

But the critters are hanging on!

Diptera:

1.  Sarcophaga sp.: [Rare]

Sarcophaga sp. Observed March 27, 2014.
Sarcophaga sp. Observed March 27, 2014.

Hemiptera:

1. Bordered plant bugs? I still haven’t identified these to species, but I suspect they are in the family Largidae. [Abundant]

Observed March 26, 2014.
Bordered plant bug? Observed March 26, 2014.

Lepidoptera:

1. Anthanassa t. texana: [Rare]

Observed March 27, 2014.
Observed March 27, 2014.

2. Cabares potrillo: There are at least two individuals still hanging out in the banana plants. [Occasional]

Observed March 27, 2014.
Observed March 27, 2014.

3. Cyllopsis sp.: [Frequent to Occasional]

Observed March 24, 2014.
Observed March 24, 2014.

4. Eurema daira sidonia: This is still  the most frequently observed species at this time. [Abundant]

Observed March 27, 2014.
Eurema daira sidonia. Observed March 27, 2014.
Observed March 24, 2014.
Euremas are often found clustered together. Observed March 24, 2014.

5. Hemiargus ceraunus: [Rare]

Observed March 27, 2014.
Observed March 27, 2014.

6. Siproeta stelenes biplagiata: Two individuals are still hanging around the same tree, though they seem to be moving around more. [Occasional]

Observed March 26, 2014.
Observed March 26, 2014.

7. Urbanus teleus: [Rare]

Observed March 27, 2014.
Urbanus teleus. Observed March 27, 2014.
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Profile of the same individual seen above.

8. Moth, unidentified species: [Rare]

Observed March 26, 2014.
Unidentified moth. Observed March 26, 2014.

Mantodea:

1. Mantis, unidentified species: [Rare]

Observed March 26, 2014.
Unidentified mantis. Observed March 26, 2014.
Observed March 26, 2014.
Another view of the same individual as seen above..

Orthoptera:

1. Ground cricket? [Rare]

Ground cricket? Observed March 26, 2014.
Ground cricket? Observed March 26, 2014.

Scorpiones:

1. Scorpion, unidentified species: This critter was not in my observation area – it was in my house! It looks very similar to the one I posted last week. I’m still looking for a species ID. Anyone?

Observed March 28, 2014.
Observed March 28, 2014.

 

This is not an all-inclusive list – they were other species around that I wasn’t able to photograph. Honey bees are abundant right now, and there are several other large bee and wasp species out. I also saw what I think was a species of Bombyliidae (bee flies), as well as a tiny green lacewing. Hopefully I’ll spot these again soon and be able to get some clear shots.

That’s all for this week!

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