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Centruroides sculpturatus – Arizona Bark Scorpion I have a hard time getting worked up over stuff that happened 25 years ago. But here’s something that still angers me every time I think of it. One of those educational safety movies we were shown back in grade school- you know, the “Stop-Drop-and-Roll” variety- presented the dangers…


  The Saguaro might, one could fancy, be a tree designed by someone who had never seen a tree. –Donald Culross Peattie, 1950    

Colliuris sp. long-necked ground beetle, Arizona   details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon 20D beetle on plain white paper f/13, 1/250 sec, ISO 100 MT-24EX twin flash diffused through tracing paper levels adjusted in Photoshop

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    If I had to pick a favorite myrmicine ant, I’d go with the heavily armored Neotropical genus Cephalotes. These arboreal ants are typically thought of as rainforest canopy dwellers, but we have a desert species here in Arizona, Cephalotes rohweri, that is the northernmost species in an otherwise tropical genus. They nest in…