SECTION: New Nature Media / Species List
 

GUIDE TO ANIMALS (91 SPECIES) & PLANTS (91 SPECIES) in DESERT DREAMS, listed in order of appearance in the film.

KEY :: English Common Name(s); Spanish Common Name(s) (Scientific Name)

The five species most frequently seen in this film:

Saguaro Cactus; sahuaro (Carnegiea gigantea), icon of the Sonoran Desert and the Official State Flower of Arizona

Ocotillo; ocotillo, albarda (Fouquieria splendens), a semi-succulent plant unrelated to cacti

Palo Verde, the preferred name in both Spanish & English (Parkinsonia microphylla), Arizona’s Official State Tree

Gambel’s Quail; godorniz, codorniz chiquiri (Callipepla gambelii)

Mule Deer; venado bura (Odocoileus hemionus)

DRY SUMMER: May-June
hot and severely dry, especially in June

Palo Verde trees (Parkinsonia microphylla), flowering

Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea)

Buckhorn Cholla; cholla, tasajo (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa) + Jumping Cholla,

Chain-fruit Cholla; velas de coyote, brincadora (Cylindropuntia fulgida)

Creosotebush; hediondilla, gobernadora (Larrea divaricata) with fuzzy seed capsules

Desert Cottontail rabbit; conejo (Sylvilagus audubonii) chewing on Jumping Cholla

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake; cascabel, víbora de diamantes (Crotalus atrox) meets Desert Cottontail

Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), tip of arm with flower buds

Saguaro flowers opening, timelapse; Arizona’s Official State Flower

Lesser Long-nosed Bat; murciélago sahuarero (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae), gathering Saguaro nectar and pollen

Elf Owl; tecolote enano (Micrathene whitneyi) at nest cavity in Saguaro

Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat; rata canguro de Merriam (Dipodomys merriami) eating Creosotebush

Common Kingsnake; culebra-real común (Lampropeltis getula) in cholla cactus skeleton

Gila Woodpecker; pájaro carpintero (Melanerpes uropygialis), male at nest in Saguaro

Ironwood trees; palo fierro (Olneya tesota), flowering

Gambel’s Quail; godorniz, codorniz chiquiri (Callipepla gambelii)

Gila Monster; escorpión, lagarto de Gila (Heloderma suspectum) eating Gambel’s Quail eggs

White-winged Doves; paloma pitahayera (Zenaida asiatica) on leafless

Ocotillo; ocotillo, albarda (Fouquieria splendens) stems

Desert Cicada, la cigarra (Cacama moorei), male singing

Brown-crested Flycatcher; papamoscas tirano (Myiarchus tyrannulus), enters nest cavity in Saguaro

Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii), adolescent chicks “gular fluttering”

Great Horned Owl; lechuza, búho cornudo (Bubo virginianus), with chicks “gular fluttering”

Red-tailed Hawk; gavilán; sipe; aguililla cola roja (Buteo jamaicensis), juvenile
on Jojoba shrub; jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

Greater Roadrunner; correcaminos norteño (Geococcyx californianus)
with Desert Spiny Lizard prey; lagartija-escamosa de desierto (Sceloporus magister)

Antelope Jackrabbit; liebre antilope (Lepus alleni) at rest in a scrape (its “form”)

Bobcat; lince americano (Lynx rufus), pair panting

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), does

Brown-spined Prickly Pear cactus; nopal, abrojo (Opuntia phaeacantha), drought-stressed

White-winged Doves; paloma pitahayera (Zenaida asiatica) eating Saguaro fruit

Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), time-lapse of fruit opening
Fallen Saguaro fruit

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), buck

Desert Cottontail rabbit; conejo (Sylvilagus audubonii)

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel; juancito, ardillón cola redonda (Spermophilus tereticaudus)

Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii), male, female, and their hatchling chicks

Verdin; baloncillo (Auriparus flaviceps), at nest in Palo Verde tree

WET SUMMER: July-August
the monsoon season; hot moist air blows in from the south

Pyrrhuloxia, Desert Cardinal; cardenal pardo (Cardinalis sinuatus), female

Velvet Mesquite tree; algarroba (Prosopis velutina) with mature seed pods

Creosotebush; hediondilla, gobernadora (Larrea divaricata) in sand storm

Curve-billed Thrasher; cuitlacoche pico curvo (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Wind-thrown Saguaro cactus

Desert Millipede, Rainworm; milpiés (Orthoporus ornatus)

Reddish Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa rubiginosa)

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), fawn

Saguaros, one dead with woody ribs exposed + rainbow

Lesser Nighthawks; tapacamino, garapena (Chordeiles acutipennis) skimming pond
to drink

Desert Night-blooming Cereus cactus, Arizona Queen-of-the-Night; saramatraca,
reina-de-la-noche (Peniocereus greggii), time-lapse of flowers opening

Western Desert Tarantula; “tarantula” in Spanish (Aphonopelma chalcodes)

Cactus Mouse; ratoncito choyero (Peromyscus eremicus) eating prickly pear cactus fruit;
“tunas” in Spanish

Couch’s Spadefoot toad; sapo con espuelas (Scaphiopus couchii); male’s call resembles
a bleating lamb

Mexican Spadefoot toad; sapo con espuelas (Spea multiplicata); male’s call is a
loud rattling snore

Sonoran Desert Toad; sapo grande, sapo toro (Incilius alvarius); pair on land –
male kicks to get his mate moving to water

Great Plains Toad; sapo (Anaxyrus cognatus); male’s call is a loud, rapid-fire trill

Lowland Burrowing Treefrog; rana de árbol de tierras bajas (Smilisca fodiens);
male’s call resembles a quacking duck

Couch’s Spadefoot toad; sapo con espuelas (Scaphiopus couchii), pair laying eggs

Sacred Datura flower; toloache, toloache grande (Datura wrightii)

Rothschildia Silkmoth; mariposa nocturna, mariposa de la seda (Rothschildia cincta),
freshly emerged, clinging to empty cocoon, flutters and squirts metabolic waste
(meconium) accumulated during the pupal stage.

Splendid Royal Silkmoth; mariposa nocturna (Citheronia splendens sinaloensis)

Western Banded Gecko; salamanquesa (Coleonyx variegatus)

Mourning Dove; paloma huilota (Zenaida macroura), nesting on arm of a Saguaro cactus

Bobcat; lince americano (Lynx rufus)

Collared Peccary; javelina, jabalín, cochi jabalín (Pecari tajacu)

Arizona Spike-moss, Resurrection Plant; flor de piedra (Selaginella arizonica), time-lapse

Saguaro, fallen fruit with wet seeds

Saguaro seeds germinating

Saguaro seedlings, 2-days-old (green) and week-old (brown and spiny)

Staghorn Cholla; tasajo, cholla morada (Cylindropuntia thurberi versicolor)

+ Janusia vine; fermina (Janusia gracilis), flowering

Gambel’s Quail, male in Anderson Wolfberry bush; frutilla (Lycium andersonii) with fruit

Jojoba, same name in Spanish & English (Simmondsia chinensis), ripe fruit/nut

Tarantula Hawk wasp; avispa de halcón tarántula (Pepsis formosa) on Desert Milkweed;
jumete (Asclepias subulata)

Fishhook Pincushion Cactus; cabeza de Viejo, choyita (Mammillaria grahamii), flowering

Giant Red Velvet Mites, Velvet Boochies; angelitos (Dinothrombium magnificum)

Sonoran Desert Tortoise; tortuga de los cerros (Gopherus agassizii), eating Prickly Pear

fruit; “tunas” in Spanish

Fishhook Barrel Cactus; biznaga de agua, viznaga hembra (Ferocactus wislizeni) flowering

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), buck, doe, & 2 fawns

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake; cascabel diamante del oeste (Crotalus atrox)

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) with green leaves

AUTUMN: September-November
the second dry season, with cooling trend

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), yellowing leaves + Teddybear Cholla cacti;

cholla guerra, cholla del oso (Cylindropuntia bigelovii) + Saguaro cacti

Calleta Silkmoth caterpillars; las orugas de mariposa, gusano de seda (Eupackardia calleta)

eating Ocotillo leaves

Ocotillo, leafless

Antelope Jackrabbit; liebre antilope (Lepus alleni), grooming

Rubber Rabbitbrush; chamisa (Ericameria nauseosa), flowering

Africanized Honey Bees; abejas (hybridized Apis mellifera scutellata)

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly; mariposa (Brephidium exile)

Veined Ctenucha moth; mariposa (Ctenucha venosa), a day-flying moth

Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly; mariposa (Atlides halesus)

Snout Butterfly; mariposa (Libytheana bachmanii)

Southern Dogface Butterfly; mariposa (Zerene cesonia)

Checkered White Butterfly; mariposa (Pontia protodice)

Painted Lady Butterfly; mariposa (Vanessa cardui)

Queen Butterfly; mariposa (Danaus gilipus)

Social Paper Wasp; avispa (Polistes major castaneicolor)

Red Whiskers Grasshopper; chapulín volador (Melanoplus desultorius)

Plains Lubber Grasshopper; chapulín, saltamontes (Brachystola magna), mated pair

Red Velvet “Ant”; comadrita, ollita, abuelita (Dasymutilla magnifica), a wingless wasp

Horse Lubber Grasshopper; chapulinzón negro (Taeniopoda eques)

Desert Stink Beetle; pinacate (Eleodes eschscholtzii) + Harvester Ant; hormega

(Pogonomyrmx sp.) carrying grasshopper leg

Leaf-cutter Ants; mochomo (Acromyrmex versicolor)

Harvester Ants; hormegas (Pogonomyrmx rugosus)

Regal Horned Lizard, Horny “Toad”; lagartija cornuda real (Phrynosoma solare),
an ant specialist

Harris’ Antelope Squirrel; ardilla antilope de Sonora (Ammospermophilus harrisii),
plucking ripe fruit from Fishhook Barrel Cactus; biznaga de agua (Ferocactus wislizeni)

Desert Iguana; iguana del desierto (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) eating Creosotebush flowers

Antelope Jackrabbit; liebre antilope (Lepus alleni); its big vascular ears radiate excess heat

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) magic act

Mule Deer bucks with antlers in velvet and molting/shedding hair

Mule Deer buck shedding velvet, sniffing Velvet Mesquite; algarroba (Prosopis velutina)

Great Horned Owl; lechuza, búho cornudo (Bubo virginianus)

Antelope Jackrabbit; liebre antilope (Lepus alleni)

Desert Broom; romerillo, hierba del pasmo (Baccharis sarothroides) seeds on wind

Turkey Vultures; la aura (Cathartes aura), sunbathing

Riparian Trees in Autumn color

Fremont Cottonwood; álamo (Populus fremontii) – rounded lemon-yellow leaves

Arizona Sycamore; aliso, sicomoro (Platanus wrightii) – golden brown leaves

Goodding’s Willow; sauce, sauz (Salix gooddingii) – long, narrow pale-yellow leaves

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) drinking

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly; la libélula (Libellula saturata) female

Cous White-tail Deer; venado de cola blanca (Odocoileus virginianus couesi)

White-nosed Coatimundi; coati, chulo (Nasua narica)

Fremont Cottonwood trees; álamo (Populus fremontii)

Poison Ivy; hiedra venenosa (Toxicodendron radicans), red leaves

Cous White-tail Deer eating fallen leaves

Mountain Lion, Cougar; león, puma (Puma concolor)

Gila Woodpecker; pájaro carpintero (Melanerpes uropygialis), male

Inca Dove; tortolita común (Columbina inca)

Gambel’s Quail flock + Harris’ Antelope Squirrel

Cooper’s Hawk; esmerejon de Cooper (Accipiter cooperii)

Cooper’s Hawk strafes covey of Gambel’s Quail

WINTER: December to mid-February
the second “wet” season; storms bring moisture from the north

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), leafless with wet web of an orb-weaver spider

Saguaro/Palo Verde scenic and close-up

Palo Verde tree (Parkinsonia microphylla) in rain

Mourning Dove; paloma huilota, paloma triguera (Zenaida macroura)

Coyote; same name in English & Spanish (Canis latrans), in rain

Saguaro/Palo Verde scenic + Staghorn Cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia versicolor), on right

Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii), cold, wet male; feathers fluffed to trap body heat

Western Tanager; tángara capucha roja (Piranga ludoviciana), male

Collared Peccary; javelina, jabalín, cochi jabalín (Pecari tajacu)

Western Screech Owl; autillo, tecolote (Megascops kennicottii)

Snowy desert scenics

Succulentsclose-ups with snow/ice

Yucca; yuca (Yucca sp.), dagger-like leaves

Fishhook Barrel Cactus; biznaga de agua (Ferocactus wislizeni), red spines

Cane Cholla Cactus; cholla tasajillo de Arizona (Cylindropuntia spinosior)

Saguaro cactus spines

Cane Cholla with yellow fruit

Bobcat; lince americano (Lynx rufus) + Brown-spined Prickly Pear cactus; nopal, abrojo

(Opuntia phaeacantha)

Black-throated Sparrow; gorrión pecho negro (Amphispiza bilineata)

+ Lesser Goldfinch; jilguero dominico (Carduelis psaltria)

Pyrrhuloxia, Desert Cardinal; cardenal pardo (Cardinalis sinuatus), male

Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii)

Desert Cottontail rabbit; conejo (Sylvilagus audubonii)

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

Gambel’s Quail + Harris’ Antelope Squirrel; ardilla antilope de Sonora

(Ammospermophilus harrisii)

White-crowned Sparrow; gorrión corona blanca (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Greater Roadrunner; correcaminos norteño (Geococcyx californianus) sunbathing

Cactus Wren; comeseba, saltapared (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus), male singing;

Arizona’s Official State Bird

SPRING: mid-February through April
warm, often windy, with sporadic rainfall

Desert Bighorn Sheep; borrego cimarrón (Ovis canadensis nelsoni), ewes and lamb

Ocotillo (Fouquierie splendens), sprouting leaves

Harris’ Hawks; aguililla cinchada, aguililla rojinegra (Parabuteo unicinctus),
social group squabble + mantling behavior

Phainopepla; capulinero negro, cardenalito negro (Phainopepla nitens),
male eating berries of Desert Mistletoe; toji, toje, chile de espino, guhoja

(Phoradendron californicum), parasitizing a Palo Verde tree

Coyote; same name in English & Spanish (Canis latrans)

[BEGINNING OF SPRING FLOWERS MONTAGE]

Woolly Daisy (Eriophyllum lanosum), white

Mexican Goldpoppy; amapolita del campo, amapola amarilla (Eschscholzia mexicana)

Desert Globemallow; mal de ojo, malva (Sphaeralcea ambigua), orange

Bladderpod Mustard (Physaria gordonii), yellow

Notch-leaved Scorpionweed (Phacelia crenulata), purple + Woolly Plantain, Indianwheat;
pastora, mumsa (Plantago ovata), brownish-white

Curvenut Combseed, Curvenut Comb-bur (Pectocarya recurvata), white

Mexican Goldpoppy; amapolita del campo, amapola amarilla (Eschscholzia mexicana)

Goldpoppy + Desert Lupine; chicharito, trébola, altramuz, lupino (Lupinus sparsiflorus),
blue + Owl Clover, escobita (Castilleja exserta), pink

Mexican Goldpoppy with woody skeleton of Jumping Cholla; velas de coyote, brincadora

(Cylindropuntia fulgida)

Mexican Goldpoppy + Woolly Daisy (Eriophyllum lanosum), white + Miniature Woolstar

(Eriastrum diffusum), blue

Desert Stars (Monoptilon bellioides), white

Woolly Daisy (Eriophyllum lanosum), white

Desert Stars (Monoptilon bellioides), white

Woolly Daisy + Desert Stars + Limestone Scorpionweed (Phacelia affinis), purple

+ Desert Pincushion (Chaenactis stevioides), white

Limestone Scorpionweed (Phacelia affinis), purple

Parry Penstemon; pichelitos, varita de san josé (Penstemon parryi), pink

Desert Lupine; chicharito, trébola, altramuz, lupino (Lupinus sparsiflorus), blue

Engelmann’s Hedgehog Cactus; sinita barbona, cacto fresa (Echinocereus engelmannii),
magenta

Parry Penstemon + native solitary digger bee (Anthophora sp.)

Parry Penstemon + Desert Marigold; hierba amarilla (Baileya multiradiata), yellow

Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), orange + Longhorn Beetle; torito

(Tylosis maculatus)

Desert Globemallow + Senita Cactus; sina, sinita, garambullo (Lophocereus schottii)

Desert Globemallow scenic

Owl Clover; escobita (Castilleja exserta) + Desert Lupine; chicharito (Lupinus sparsiflorus)

Mexican Goldpoppy + Owl Clover

Owl Clover; excobita (Castilleja exserta), pink + Goldfields (Lasthenia californica)

+ Woolly Desert Marigold (Baileya pleniradiata), yellow + Desert Lupine; chicharito,
trébola, altramuz, lupino (Lupinus sparsiflorus), blue

Bladderpod Mustard (Physaria gordonii), yellow + leafless Velvet Mesquite trees;
mezquite; algarroba (Prosopis velutina)

Spring Evening Primrose; flor de San Juan (Oenothera primiveris), yellow

Owl Clover, escobita (Castilleja exserta), pink + Goldfields (Lasthenia gracilis)

Owl Clover, escobita (Castilleja exserta), pink

Silver puffs (Microseris lindleyi) seed heads + flower buds

Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens), yellow, with Long-horned Bee (Melissodes sp.)

Yellow Trumpet; guinagua (Eriogonum trichopes)

Desert Verbena; verbena, alfombrilla (Abronia villosa), pinkish purple,

+ Popcorn Flower; nievitas, peluda (Cryptantha sp.), white

Dune Primrose (Oenothera deltoides), white

Pinacate Beetle; pinacate (Eleodes armata)

Kit Fox tracks; huellas de zorra del desierto (Vulpes macrotis)

Caterpillar of Painted Lady Butterfly; oruga de mariposa (Vanessa cardui)

Dune Primrose (Oenothera deltoides), white + Popcorn Flower; nievitas (Cryptantha sp.)

Evening Snow (Linanthus dichotomus), white+pale pink + Cryptantha sp., tiny white

Desert Thorn-apple; toloache (Datura discolor), white+purple

Yuman Fringe-toed Lizard; lagartija-arenera del Colorado (Uma rufopunctata)

Woolly Desert Marigold (Baileya pleniradiata), yellow + Desert Globemallow

(Sphaeralcea ambigua), orange

Dune Primrose (Oenothera deltoides), white + Desert Verbena; verbena, alfombrilla

(Abronia villosa), pinkish purple

Dune Primrose + Dune Sunflower; girasol (Helianthus niveus tephrodes)

Wildflower Scene: Dune Primrose + Desert Verbena + Dune Sunflower

+ Dune Spectacle Pod (Dimorphocarpa pinnatifida), small white

+ Triangle-seed Blazing Star; rama pegajosa (Mentzelia affinis), small yellow

+ Dune Spanish Needles (Palafoxia arida gigantea), inconspicuous pinkish flowers

Woolly Desert Marigold (Baileya pleniradiata), yellow + Desert Verbena; verbena,

alfombrilla (Abronia villosa), pinkish purple + Desert Globemallow

(Sphaeralcea ambigua), orange + Cryptantha sp., white

Zebra-tailed Lizard; perrita, cachorita (Callisaurus draconoides)

Desert Broomrape; flor de tierrra (Orobanche cooperi), a root parasite; purple flowers

Desert Hummingbird-bush; chuparosa (Justicia californica), red-orange

Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus; pitahayita (Echinocereus fasciculatus) buds + flower

Ajo Lily; ajo silvestre (Hesperocallis undulata), white

Desert Dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata), yellow + Cryptantha sp., white

White Tackstem (Calycoseris wrightii) + Limestone Scorpionweed (Phacelia affinis), purple

Broad-leaf Gilia (Aliciella latifolia), pink

Brittlebush leaves; ama blanca, incienso (Encilia farinosa) + Yellow Cups Primrose

(Camissonia brevipes) + Purple Mat; flor morada (Nama demissum)

Teddybear Cholla cactus; cholla guerra, cholla del oso (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)

Ghost Flower (Mohavea confertiflora), pale yellow + Purple Mat; flor morada

(Nama demissum) + Little Goldpoppy (Eschscholzia minutiflora), tiny yellow

Arizona Lupine; trébola; altramuz; lupino (Lupinus arizonicus), purple + Little Goldpoppy

(Eschscholzia minutiflora), tiny yellow + Teddybear Cholla stem segment = cholla joint

(Cylindropuntia bigelovii)

Louse Spurge; golondrina (Euphorbia pediculifera), white+burgundy

Rock Daisy (Perityle emoryi), white

Scenic with flowering Brittlebush; ama blanca, incienso (Encilia farinosa) + Saguaro

Scenic with flowering Brittlebush + Ocotillo + Teddybear Cholla + Saguaro

Scenic with flowering Brittlebush + Owl Clover; escobita (Castilleja exserta) + Ocotillo

+ Saguaro + Organ Pipe Cactus; pitahaya, pitahaya dulce (Stenocereus thurberi)

+ Jumping Cholla; velas de coyote, brincadora (Cylindropuntia fulgida)

Scenic with flowering Brittlebush + Saguaro

Scenic with flowering Brittlebush + Saguaro + Ocotillo

Fiddleneck; cedkam (Amsinckia intermedia), golden yellow

Fishhook Barrel Cactus; biznaga de agua, viznaga hembra (Ferocactus wislizeni) spines

Desert Onion; cebollin (Allium macropetalum), white with pink stripes

Fairy Duster; huajillo (Calliandra eriophylla), shrub; pink+white flowers

Brittlebush; incienso, hierba del vaso (Encelia farinosa), yellow

Desert Hyacinth, Blue Dicks; cobena, coveria (Dichelostemma capitatum), blue-purple

Desert Larkspur; espuelita, espuelita cimarrona (Delphinium scaposum), deep blue

Desert Mariposa Lily; cobena amarilla (Calochortus kennedyi) bud, intense orange

Desert Mariposa Lily flower, intense orange

Desert Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia), royal blue

Desert Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia) + Bladderpod (Physaria gordonii), 4-petaled

yellow flowers + Goldfields (Lasthenia californica)

Desert Monkeyflower (Mimulus bigelovii), pink + Yellow Woolly-Daisy

(Eriophyllum wallacei), yellow

Desert Monkeyflower (Mimulus bigelovii), pink+yellow

Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum), white

Desert Monkeyflower + Desert Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia) + Mexican Goldpoppy

Chia; chía, salvia, hisopo (Salvia columbariae), blue-purple

Scenic with Chia + Desert Dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata) + Parish’s Golden Poppy

(Eschscholzia parishii) + Arizona Lupine; trébola, altramuz, lupino (Lupinus arizonicus)

Desert Star (Monoptilon bellioides), white + Goldfields + Chia (Salvia columbariae)

+ Arizona Lupine (Lupinus arizonicus) + Yellow Woolly-Daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)

+ Desert Pincushion (Chaenactis stevioides), white on thin reddish stems

Desert Dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata) + Desert Pincushion (Chaenactis stevioides)

+ Arizona Lupine (Lupinus arizonicus) + Yellow Woolly-Daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)

White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillars; oruga de palomilla/esfinge (Hyles lineata)
eating Browneyes Primrose (Camissonia claviformis)

Desert Pincushion (Chaenactis stevioides), white

Miniature Woolstar (Eriastrum diffusum), pale blue+yellow

Iron Cross Beetles; escarabajo quemador (Tegrodera erosa) eating Miniature Woolstar

Greater Roadrunner; correcaminos, correcaminos norteño (Geococcyx californianus)

with Juno Buckmoth caterpillars; oruga de mariposa “nocturna” (Hemileuca juno) prey

Desert Blister Beetles; escarabajo quemador (Lytta magister) feeding on Brittlebush flowers

Paperflower (Psilostrophe cooperi), yellow

Desert Zinnia; zinia, hierba del burro (Zinnia acerosa), white

Seed cones of a female Mormon-tea, Joint-fir; canutillo, popotillo (Ephedra trifurca), brown

Blacktailed Jackrabbit; liebre cola negra (Lepus californicus) under Creosotebush

(Larrea tridentata)

White-thorn Acacia; huizache; vinorama; chaparro prieto (Acacia constricta), yellow

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), red

Collared Lizard; lagartija de collar común (Crotaphytus collaris)

Santa Rita Prickly Pear cactus; duraznilla, nopal morado (Opuntia santa-rita), flower buds
+ young pads

Brown-spined Prickly Pear cactus; nopal, abrojo (Opuntia phaeacantha), young pads
+ flower buds

Long-spined Prickly Pear cactus; nopal, abrojo (Opuntia macrocentra), flower buds

Santa Rita Prickly Pear; duraznilla, nopal morado (Opuntia santa-rita), young pad

Santa Rita Prickly Pear; duraznilla, nopal morado; flower bud

Brown-spined Prickly Pear cactus; nopal, abrojo (Opuntia phaeacantha), yellow flowers

Beavertail Prickly Pear; nopal (Opuntia basilaris), pink flower

Staghorn Cholla cactus; tasajo, cholla morada (Cylindropuntia versicolor), magenta flower

Teddybear Cholla; cholla guerra, cholla del oso (Cylindropuntia bigelovii), green flower

Beavertail Prickly Pear cactus; nopal (Opuntia basilaris), pink flower

Staghorn Cholla; tasajo, cholla morada (Cylindropuntia versicolor), rust-colored flowers

[END OF SPRING FLOWERS MONTAGE]

Pencil Cholla cactus; siviri, tasajo, clavellina (Cylindropuntia arbuscula), time-lapse

Tree Cholla cactus; tuna juell, velas de coyote (Cylindropuntia imbricata), time-lapse

Cane Cholla cactus; cholla tasajillo de Arizona (Cylindropuntia spinosior)

Engelmann’s Prickly Pear cactus; nopal, abrojo (Opuntia engelmannii)

Cactus Bees; abeja, jicote (Diadasia rinconis) in Engelmann’s Prickly Pear flowers

Cactus Bee + Sweat Bee; abeja, jicote (Augochorella pomoniella), metallic green body,
in Engelmann’s Prickly Pear flower

Ocotillo; ocotillo; albarda; barda (Fouquieria splendens)

Black-chinned Hummingbird; colibrí barba negra (Archilochus alexandri), female feeding

Anna’s Hummingbird; colibrí cabeza roja (Calypte anna), male

Costa’s Hummingbird; colibrí cabeza violeta (Calypte costae), female feeding chicks

Clark’s Spiny Lizard; cachorón (Sceloporus clarkii), male

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel; juancito, ardillón cola redonda

(Spermophilus tereticaudus), gathering nest material

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) browsing on Range Ratany shrub; cósahui del norte,
tamichíl (Krameria erecta), doe with 2 bucks

Cactus Wren; comeseba, saltapared (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus),
at nest in Jumping Cholla; velas de coyote, brincadora (Cylindropuntia fulgida)

Greater Roadrunner; correcaminos, correcaminos norteño (Geococcyx californianus)
feeding chick a Whiptail Lizard (Aspidoscelis sp.) at
nest in Jumping Cholla; velas de coyote, brincadora (Cylindropuntia fulgida)

Program Credits over Sonoran Desert Tortoise; tortuga de los cerros (Gopherus agassizii) Closing shot :: Greater Roadrunner in Jumping Cholla

 

Prepared by Thomas Wiewandt, tom@wildhorizons.com

November 2012


Copyright © 2011 Wild Horizons ®,
attn: Thomas Wiewandt
PO Box 5118, Tucson, Arizona 85703 USA
tel. 520-743-4551
Wild Horizons® is a Federally Registered Trademark
Trademark Notice :: Copyright Notice