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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Opuntia Bug

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.

© Ilija Lukić 2011

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

Careful Embrace

Golden Crownbeard Duo

Nine Squirrel Tails In Snakeweed

Splendor In The Grass

Yellow Gaillardia Pappus

Yucca Blooms

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