Black Swallowtails have two forms, so they can vary in their appearance, but all have double row of yellowish spots across both sets of wings. The female yellow spots are smaller in size. They are found in grasslands, swamps, meadows, and gardens. The caterpillars are green with black stripes and orange spots. They feed on… Read More WESTERN BLACK SWALLOWTAIL
Western Kingbirds can be found in open areas, perching on branches, wires, and fence posts. They hunt from the perch and fly out to catch insects such as wasps, bees, beetles, grasshoppers, flies, caterpillars, spiders, and millipedes. They will also eat fruit and berries. Western Kingbirds are widespread and can be found west of the… Read More A KINGBIRD
I got some nature therapy while walking in a high desert area in northern Arizona. Enjoy these spring blooms. Clockwise from the top: Tidytips, Long-Leaved Phlox, Purple Locoweed, and Desert Globe Mallow.
Western Bluebirds are thrushes generally found in the western United States. These bluebirds can be found in open fields, or woodlands edges that are coniferous or deciduous. They will generally eat insects or berries. I saw this one at Kachina Wetlands in northern Arizona.