Others were not so lovely. I hate to say bad things about God's creation, but ugh. Carpenter bees send us running into the house. Something about the low-frequency humming really gets to all of us. This one made a nest in the palm tree three feet from our front door. They bore a perfectly round hole to nest in.
There she is foraging for food, and generally keeping us out of the yard.
My husband got rid of the nature by putting wood putty on the entrance to the nest. The bee tried to figure out what was going on but then flew away and hasn't been back (picture below was snapped when the bee was still trying to figure out what happened to the nest. Now we just have a palm tree with wood putty on it.
In other scream-inducing news, this 1.5 inch beetle was crawling in the rocks right under the carpenter bee tree.
We are having a little bit of difficulty getting used to the variety of insects here in the Sonoran desert, but it makes for good nature study. I couldn't get any pictures of the girls observing these insects, because they are generally running in the other direction. Even my photos are blurry, as I'm trying to escape while snapping a picture (we look at the pictures in the safety of our house to "make a match" in our Audubon Field Guide to the Southwestern States).