Please enjoy some of the photos of the incredible life we've seen here.
As we were walking through the town of Portal, we heard a loud buzzing noise above our heads and looked up to see a massive swarm of migrating bees. Apparently they pick a spot to rest and all of the bees in the hive swarm around the queen to protect her.
Migrating Honey Bees
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
These Horse Lubber Grasshoppers were all over our RV Park. They started appearing after the rains began. Their eggs overwinter in soil and can survive mild drought, hatching after spring rains. In good years adults appear from August through November. In very dry years the eggs may not hatch. This year is a good year!
Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly- the butterfly in the photo below is actually laying eggs!
So many cool beetles & insects.....we could not find names for them all....
Yarrow's Spiny Lizard
A new mammal for us... this White-nosed Coati, also known as Coatimundi, was watching us from the rocks above. They are relatives of the raccoon and pretty cute!
The World is Full of Beauty & Wonder,
Turtle & Hawk