Only a “Face” a Mother Could Love

    I was watering my plants and found this on a kumquat leaf a few weeks ago. At first glance I thought it was a bird dropping. I am not certain, but I think it was a Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) Swallowtail butterfly in the making. If so, his ugly appearance as a caterpillar changed dramatically […]

Sharpshooter

A Sharpshooter, or large leafhopper of the Cicadellidae family, forages for liquid on a leaf at Mt. Lemmon. The common name derives from their forceably squirting unused water and carbohydrates away from their bodies after extracting the trace nutrients. Image copyrighted. Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert. http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

Last weekend I took a ninety minute ride over to Willcox, Arizona and while exploring a field of sunflowers came across this tiny Spotted Cucumber Beetle. At first I didn’t notice it because they are so small. I was photographing the bees pollinating the flowers when I noticed the diminutive insects, which were about the size of a […]

Web Basics

This spider is a Western Spotted Orb Weaver (Neoscona oaxacensis). I came upon it as I was strolling through an outdoor Mexican pottery shop in Tubac, Az.   Like a zebra, the orb weavers each have their own unique pattern of spots.   http://www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com     Image copyrighted.  Any use requires licensing from Martha Lochert.

Spring Chores of a Honey Bee

Spring will soon be upon us and already the cycle of life has begun again. The pollinators are extremely important in that cycle. Almond crops depend entirely on the honey bee for pollination at bloom time, while blueberries and cherries, are 90-percent dependent on honey bee pollination, according to the American Beekeeping Federation. http://www.abfnet.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=14 This bee has been […]

He’s a fly not a bee …

On a recent “macro-ing” trip to Mt. Lemmon my friend and I encountered this unique-looking creature, which is a fly, not a bee. We spent a long time following this little guy from plant to plant trying to photograph him as he went about his business. This particular fly with the orange body and stiff protruding […]

Beetle in the Grass

Call me a nerd. Sunday I spent a wonderful day at Mt. Lemmon with my friend Jim. He has a new camera system, so we went “macro-ing” for tiny wildflowers and whatever wee little critters we could find. After a few hours hiking around, joyful in the treasures we had captured with our macro lenses, we joined […]

Dragonfly

I photographed this Variegated Meadowhawk  (Sympetrum corruptum) at Agua Caliente Park. Known, and named,  for the natural hot springs, Agua Caliente on Tucson’s far northeast side is a wonderful place to spend a morning. The park includes nature trails, ponds, hot springs, numerous birds – including wild owls, diverse plant and insect life and an art gallery. http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/parks/agua_caliente/index.htm Image registered with […]

Lady Beetle

Last night was “black lighting for moths” night at Gardner Canyon. I wanted to capture a variety of insects before sunset along the creek bed like I did last year. The monsoon rains haven’t kicked in; however, so the stream was dry and the bugs were sparse. I did find this little gem on a […]

Bee & Thistle

On a hike with my son on the very solitary Loma Alta Trail in the southern part of the Rincon Mountains we encountered a patch of New Mexico Thistle growing in the wild grasses and partial shade of a sandy wash bed.  The constant hum of the bees filled our ears as we made our way […]

Honey Bees of Spring

It’s officially Spring and the honey bees are already busy pollinating the flowers and collecting their treasure to take back to the hive. This little guy has been busy visiting the blue lupines, as you can see by the orange pollen sacks on the tibia of his back legs. By the time he finishes with his work those […]

Grasshopper

We haven’t had a particularly cold winter in Tucson, but I’m still looking forward to the end of the season and the beginning of Spring because that means we can start taking some excursions to create images of little critters so tiny one needs a macro lens to capture them, like this half-inch long grasshopper nymph I photographed in […]

For Harold Jones …

I had the good fortune to study fine art photography under the instruction of Harold Jones at the University of Arizona in the early 1980’s.  Harold was at the George Eastman House, founded the Light Gallery in New York & was the founding director of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson before becoming professor of photography at […]

Wild-Hair Caterpillar

Here is a long-haired caterpillar I photographed in Gardner Canyon last summer. I’ve been waiting to post it for months while I positively identify it, but I give up! I’m pretty sure it is a moth larvae and going by photographs I’ve come across in my research, it looks like a Gypsy Moth.  Most of the caterpillars […]

Pollen Fest

This morning started with my normal routine: get up, feed the dogs, open my son’s bed room door and say “good morning, Aaron; time to get up,” make his lunch for school, let the dogs out, water the plants on my porch, open the door again “Aaron, open your eyes,” check my email, make my bed, open the […]

Cereus Hildmannianus

This morning I awoke to a lovely surprise: my night-blooming pipe cactus had errupted in a showy display of flowers – 12 of them! So I went out with my point ‘n shoot camera, since my pro cameras were all at the studio, to capture the blooms and got the added bonus of catching a Carpenter Bee enjoying his […]

Spider in the Morning Sunlight

The other day I did my daily morning routine of watering the plants on my patio. Being a more drought tolerant plant than my potted plants, it had been awhile since I had watered the bougainvillea which flanks the wall by my swimming pool, so I headed on over to give it a good soaking. As […]