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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tucson Arizona: Bugs, Glorious Bugs

I know, I know, who would have ever thought that the girl who shrikes at the sight of a spider in her house or a bee near her hair would EVER in a million years learn to love bugs. But I have, oh how I have, and I totally blame my macro lens and my love of beautiful things. You see bugs are nasty and disgusting when they are living in my home or hey are flying around my head trying to eat my face. However when seen through my lens, magnified a hundred times over, when I can see their eyes and legs their intricate beauty arises. On this trip we saw the most beautiful beetles ever. Beetles with purple legs and beetles with gold painted like art on their backs.

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GIANT MESQUITE BUG

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A SMALL CALLIGRAPHY BEETLE ON MR. OWLBAIT'S ARM

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GLORIOUS SCARAB BEETLE

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BEYER'S SCARAB BEETLE

One of the reasons that Arizona has so many birds this time of year is because of the Monsoons. The rain allows the bugs to hatch and the zillions of bugs draw the birds. Birds love nothing more than a fat juicy grasshopper and you couldn't take a single step in the grass without hundreds jumping out of your way. I have never seen so many grasshoppers in once place before ever. We found a few different varieties but the weirdest were the Lubber's, they were giant, some almost the size of my hand.

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PLAIN'S LUBBER

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PLAIN'S LUBBER

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HORSE LUBBER GRASSHOPPER

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HORSE LUBBER GRASSHOPPER

Mr. Owlbait is a bug enthusiust and he was able to open a whole new world to me. He was able to find the most unusual suspects. Once we did a full 15-16 hour of birding and then owling we would head back to our hotel. I was exhausted but I would follow Mr. Owlbait anyways to check what interesting things could be found dancing and flying under the lights.

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DARKLING BEETLE - STINK BUG POSE

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RATTLER ROUND WINGED KADYDID

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ANT LION

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PRAYING MANTIS

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PRAYING MANTIS

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SILVER BELLIED CICADA

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NORTHERN WALKING STICK

I think the bugs that give me the creeps the most, besides the bugs that sting like bees, are the spiders. They are just creepy crawly and even looking at the photos kind of makes my skin crawl... especially that last one, oh the taranchula's are oh so scary!

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GREEN LYNX SPIDER

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GREEN LYNX SPIDER

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DADDY LONG LEGS

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WESTERN SPOTTED ORBWEAVER

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WESTERN SPOTTED ORBWEAVER

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ARIZONA BLONDE TARANCHULA

3 comments:

Jess said...

That Scarab Beetle is GORGEOUS! The Plain's Lubber is pretty kick-ass. And I find the green lynx spider quite fetching.

paul peggy zeus said...

Loved all the grasshoppers. You were lucky to be with a bug nut who knows the names. It takes hours for me to figure them out. Super cool pictures. You are amazing!

Jennifer Arens said...

aaahhhhh spiders are the devil incarnate! Jake enjoyed the grasshoppers, me too. Exquisitely colored! Glad you had an entomologist with you!

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