On Friday, we were on the west side of town, so we decided to have lunch at the Tohono Chul Tea Room and then walk through Tohono Chul Park. Tohono Chul is famous for its wildflowers. Since there hasn't been enough rain to bring out the wildflowers in the desert, we're relying on places like Tohono Chul and the Tucson Botanical Garden, where the flower beds are watered, for this season's wildflower displays.
This was my first attempt at photographing insects. I didn't know what any of them were.
I thought this was a bee on the brittle-bush, but remembered that I'd seen a post on Firefly Forest that identified it as an Eristalis Fly.
I think this one is a bee - among Mexican Gold Poppies, Lupine and Owl Clover:
Is this a Damsel Fly? If so, what kind?
Thanks to excellent posts in Firefly Forest and Sonoran Desert Almanac, I was able to identify this Carpenter Bee.
Please leave me a comment if I've misidentified any of these insects or flowers or you'd like to add information. I'll correct the post. Thanks ... Pam