Uncommon visitor today at Lizardland.
It's been very windy in Las Vegas the last couple of days and that probably blew these few leps in.
I was sitting out on the patio enjoying the last of todayÂs shade before noon when a Battus philenor floated in and did a few touch and goes on the Lantana a few feet away from me before continuing on its journey. It was the first Papilionidae of any species I've seen here this year so far, and the first B. philenor I've seen in Las Vegas in over a dozen years. I've never seen any wild Aristolochia growing in southern NV, nor even in cultivated plantings in town, so they probably only stray through the area.
A few minutes later a couple of Sachem skippers stopped for a sip followed by what was probably a Colias occidentalis that blew by on the wind. Then a tattered Pieris protodice male paid the Lantana a visit as well. It overstayed its welcome though when the large female Collarded lizard that lives in the plants next to my patio snatched it up for a mid day snack.
I first saw Missy (what I call her) when she waddled past me a couple of months ago obviously laden with eggs. I only see her occasionally, but she is not afraid of me so sometimes scurries past my feet. Now I see one of her tiny offspring almost daily as it lives in the plants on the other side of my patio. It too has learned to trust me, but it mostly comes out at night to snatch up the moths, beetles and other insects that come to my lights and land on the ground or on the Lantana. It's small enough to climb up in the plants to get at them and is growing fast. Spike even followed me back into my house one night and I had to shoo it back out. "Spike" because when I first saw him he was so small that he looked like a spike nail. So how senile are you getting when you name and talk to wild lizards? LOL
(Sorry, but the year has been so barren lep wise that there's just not much else to write about.)