Small beauties today included a dragonfly not photographed before (but seen), familiar damsels, a Queen butterfly perched on crepe myrtle, a new spider, and the first tiger beetle seen on the place...recognized because of my experience with the one in Palo Duro Canyon.
First, the dragonfly, a male Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Libellula pulchella, photographed against the sun's angle...a wary insect.
The flashing white and black spotted wings are eye-catching. The female has black spots on clear wings.
Next, the new spider, a red-velvet-upholstered jumping spider, Phidippus apacheanus. It was very active and very fast...
This spider somewhat resembles the Eastern Velvet Ant, which packs a powerful sting...but the spider is also a predator...so who's copying whose warning colors?
Finally, the first tiger beetle I've recognized on the place (thanks to the tiger beetle that caught my eye in Palo Duro Canyon, I knew right away it was a tiger beetle in the genus Cicendela.)
This fellow has brilliant blue/green iridescence on the legs and face, and coppery-green on the pronotum. A fast runner and flyer...and very unwilling to have the camera too close.