Walked across these in northern Arizona at 6000 feet in elevation.
When a bird preens, that means they are using their bill to clean and arrange their feathers. Their wings will be spread out while they draw individual feathers through their beak, realigning and re-interlocking the barb part of the feather. Here is a preening Double-Crested Cormorant.
The name Pleasing Fungus Beetle derived as they are generally found where various fungi are present. There are many varieties of them, this one is a Gibbifer Californicus species. I found this one in a higher elevation rock forest area where there were many dead trees and various mushrooms present.
Butterflies have three segments, a head, thorax, and abdomen. They have antennae and external mouthparts on the head, six legs on thorax, and organs in the abdomen. Mylitta Crescents are considered a Brush-Footed butterfly, which means like all insects they have the six legs, but the two front legs are very small and covered with… Read More MYLITTA CRESCENT