Drawn from live specimen observed in the Goldfield Mountains, Maricopa County, Arizona.
This red and black Leconte's Soldier Beetle is eagerly taking nectar from the flowers. Saguaro National Park East, Tucson, Arizona, USA. 28 Aug. 2016.
VINE: Twining green stems use other plants as a scaffold to reach sunlight. The specimen
from which the illustration was made grew upon a small saguaro cactus and was
nearly engulfing it in growth. Broken stems exude copious white sap.
Often an opened seed pod releasing bright silky hairs is what draws attention to this hard-to-find vine. This one is growing upon a cholla cactus. Bumblebee, Yavapai Co., Arizona, USA. 10 June 2012.
Asclepiadaceae -- Milkweed Family
This small butterfly, a Leda Hairstreak, is nectaring from the flowers. Saguaro National Park East, Tucson, Arizona, USA. 28 Aug. 2016.
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