I had posted versions of these photos some time ago, but felt they deserved a re-post with more careful processing. I scared this dragonfly up from the grass while birding on a cool spring morning, and it landed on some dock (Rumex) with pretty pink seed pods. The sky had a nice light overcast for soft lighting. I have never seen this species again--it is said to be active mostly at dawn and dusk.
Dead fly stuck on a mentzelia leaf by its wings.
Big, like a pinacate.
On a cholla bud.
The subphylum Hexapoda (from the Greek for six legs) constitutes the largest (in terms of number of species) grouping of arthropods and includes the insects as well as three much smaller groups of wingless arthropods: Collembola, Protura, and Diplura (all of these were once considered insects). The Collembola (or springtails) are very abundant in terrestrial environments. Hexapods are named for their most distinctive feature: a consolidated thorax with three pairs of legs. Most other arthropods have...