Friday, October 28, 2011
Its Halloween Flo, the wicked flamingo of the desert.Here is our welcome flag with a "meow"Halloween flamingo witch hanging out with the roadrunnerNow, this post is all about Bella. She had been out chasing lizards, grasshoppers, and whatever moved. She was taking a "cat nap" on top of Dan's tool chest in one of the cubby holes in our 5th wheel when she heard a humming bird right outside the opening.I was sitting outside taking pictures of the humming bird when she poked her head outside the hole. Hmmmmm. "Looks like something I would like to catch". She tried several times to jump up as high as the feeder, but its just out of reach. The bird felt safe as it kept coming back. Here she is climbing Bonehead's tree. The memorial for Bonehead is right below Bella. Then Bella found a stink beetle. She had fun with this one. It tried to scurry away and Bella would tease it. She finally got tired of it and walked away to find something else to play with. You can read about this beetle below. Stink Beetles (Eleodes spp.), also known as Pinacate Beetles, are very common beetles here in Tucson, Arizona and in other southwestern desert areas. These large, black, desert beetles are members of the Darkling Beetle Family (Tenebrionidae). A Stink Beetle will defend itself from predators by first standing on it's head and elevating the tip of it's abdomen. If approached too closely, the Stink Beetle will then exude a foul-smelling, nauseating fluid from defensive glands at the tip of its abdomen. This beetle is normally shiny black, but Bella had rolled him around in the desert dirt so he wasn't so black anymore. I think he was just glad to make his escape. Glad he didn't try and stink Bella out!