The rains are coming back!

We likely still have a couple more weeks before rain becomes a daily occurrence, but we have had several significant storms and even some hail (albeit tiny).

Hail in Cuernavaca. April 20, 2014.
Hail in Cuernavaca. April 20, 2014.

Much of the ground still looks like this.

Dry conditions. May 3, 2014.
Dry conditions. May 3, 2014.

But there is new plant life and other indications that conditions are changing.  Several butterfly species – Morpho polyphemus, Papilio garamas, and Parides photinus  – have returned after months of absence. It probably helps that one of their favorite areas of refuge is looking greener.

Plant life. May 1, 2014.
Plant life. May 1, 2014.

Here are some of the critters I’ve observed here over the last few weeks.

Diptera:

1. Anastrepha sp.:

Anastrepha sp. Observed April 25, 2014.
Anastrepha sp. Observed April 25, 2014.

Hemiptera:

1. Family Coreidae:

Coreidae. Observed May 1, 2014.
Coreidae, unknown species. Observed May 1, 2014.

Hymenoptera:

1. Ampulex compressa:

Ampulex compressa. Observed May 2, 2014
Ampulex compressa. Observed May 2, 2014

2. Family Chrysididae?

Cucoo wasp? Observed April 20, 2014.
Chrysididae?  Unknown species. Observed April 20, 2014.

Lepidoptera:

1. Anthanassa texana texana:

Anthanassa texana. Observed May 1, 2014.
Anthanassa texana. Observed May 1, 2014.

2. Cabares potrillo:

Cabares potrillo. Observed April 20, 2014.
Cabares potrillo. Observed April 20, 2014.
Same individual pictured above.
Same individual pictured above.

3. Copaeodes minima:

Copaeodes minima. Observed May 3, 2014.
Copaeodes minima. Observed May 3, 2014.

4. Danaus plexippus:

Danaus plexippus larvae. Observed April 20, 2014.
Danaus plexippus larva. Observed April 20, 2014.
Adult Danaus plexippus. Observed April 26, 2014.
Danaus plexippus. Observed April 26, 2014.

5. Eurema daira sidonia:

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

6. Leptotes cassius:

Leptotes cassius. Observed April 20, 2014.
Leptotes cassius. Observed April 20, 2014.

7. Parides photinus:

Parides photinus. Observed April 27, 2014.
Parides photinus. Observed April 27, 2014.

8. Polites vibex praeceps:

Male Polites vibex praeceps. Observed April 20, 2014.
Male Polites vibex praeceps. Observed April 20, 2014.
Male Polites vibex praeceps. Observed May 2, 2014.
Male Polites vibex praeceps. Observed May 2, 2014.

9. Pyrgus oileus:

Pyrgus oileus. Observed April 29, 2014.
Pyrgus oileus. Observed April 29, 2014.

Pyrisitia proterpia:

Pyrisitia proterpia. Observed March 3, 2014.
Pyrisitia proterpia. Observed March 3, 2014.

8. Siproeta stelenes biplagiata:

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

9. Strymon ziba:

Strymon ziba. Observed April 20, 2014.
Strymon ziba. Observed April 20, 2014.

Orthoptera:

1. Grasshopper, unknown:

Grasshopper, unknown species. Observed April 27, 2014.
Grasshopper, unknown species. Observed April 27, 2014.

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