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Guaymas

I just returned from a four-day weekend in the Guaymas area of Sonora. Nacapule Canyon was the main focus, and I must say it was more amazing than I expected. I can hardly imagine a young R Felger so many years ago entering this oasis and deciding to document the flora. The diversity is overwhelming and the scenery spectacular. The temperatures were very hot (9 thru 12 Sept. 2017). I chose this window in part because a recent tropical storm visited the area with good rain, which I anticipated would bring out a lot of flowers and insects.
From Phoenix I took a very comfortable Mexican bus line departing at 8:30 p.m. I arrived in Guaymas the next morning at 6 a.m., not fully rested, but rested enough to begin my excursions by foot. I had booked a room in Guaymas not knowing how easy a ride to San Carlos was. Within Guaymas there are a number of tall rocky hills and with recent rains these were verdant with fresh vegetation. Along the roadways I found a number of widespread tropical weeds, plus a few native plants. Shorebirds were scarce. Aedes mosquitoes and no-see-ums (Culicoides) were enough to be unpleasant. Humpfrey's Grasshoppers were seemingly everywhere.

Posted by mjplagens mjplagens, September 12, 2017 19:56

Observations

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Yellow-footed Gull Larus livens

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mjplagens

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Needle Grama Bouteloua aristidoides

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:03 AM MDT

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Puncture Vine Tribulus terrestris

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:16 AM MDT

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Palmer's Amaranth Amaranthus palmeri

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:16 AM MDT

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Desert Horse Purslane Trianthema portulacastrum

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:13 AM MDT

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Coral Bells Antigonon leptopus

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:32 AM MDT

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Double-banded Bycid Sphaenothecus bilineatus

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:23 AM MDT

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Chewing flowers of Melochia tomentosa

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Fourspike Heliotrope Euploca procumbens

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:20 AM MDT

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Purple Bush-Bean Macroptilium atropurpureum

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:27 AM MDT

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Mexican Yellowshow Cochlospermum palmatifidum

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mjplagens

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Humphrey's Grasshopper Barytettix humphreysii

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 09:04 AM MDT

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Gaudy blue and yellow.

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Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:49 AM MDT

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 08:45 AM MDT

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Sweetbush Bebbia juncea

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 09:34 AM MDT

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Elephant Tree Bursera microphylla

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 09:08 AM MDT

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 10:19 AM MDT

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Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 10:16 AM MDT

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House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 06:17 PM MDT

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Common Sootywing Pholisora catullus

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 09:33 AM MDT

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Sitting close to a larval host plant, Amaranthus palmeri.

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Castor Bean Ricinus communis

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 09:14 AM MDT

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Long-jawed Longhorn Beetle Dendrobias mandibularis

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 10:23 AM MDT

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Shore Crabs Family Grapsidae

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 06:38 PM MDT

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Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 06:31 PM MDT

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Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 06:21 PM MDT

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Stridulating Slantface Grasshoppers Subfamily Gomphocerinae

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 05:56 PM MDT

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Sleepy Morning Waltheria indica

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 04:56 PM MDT

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Retama Parkinsonia aculeata

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 10:21 AM MDT

Description

I was surprised that a number of beetles and other insects were feeding on the new growth.

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mjplagens

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September 8, 2017 10:21 AM MDT

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