Without end in sight the 2011 drought continues. Color on the Llano Estacado is a distant memory. Except for the ubiquitous Red Harvester Ants, invertebrate life on the New Mexico High Plains consists of Texas Trilling Cricket concerts, Blue-Fringed Ground Beetle samurai, Eleodes Beetle clowns standing on their heads and an occasional Tarantula Wasp doings its hip hop dance on milkweed. What happens to Opuntia Bugs, Ladybeetles, and Checkered White butterflies during the lean times on the prairie? The dusty Llano simmers under 100°F days. I take solace in the cloudless blue skies and refreshing 60°F nights.
Here’s just a small taste of last year’s prairie paradise.
|Opuntia Bug Nymph|
|Seven-Spotted Ladybeetle On Yucca|
|Checkered White On Spotted Beebalm|
|Golden Crownbeard Duo|
|Nine Squirrel Tails In Snakeweed|
|Splendor In The Grass|
|Yellow Gaillardia Pappus|