Monday, July 19, 2010
"... From so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."
~ Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859
It's been over 150 years since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. Yet, his ideas remain as central to scientific exploration as ever.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The view looking south this morning while collecting Acmaeodera at 1330m elevation. The valley and mountains below are the eastside of the cloud-covered Chiricahuas. Monsoon season here.
Click on the image for a larger view (collage made with Picasa3 software).
Two species of Acmaeodera - yuccavora Knull, and a species undetermined at present - were collected on the flowers of Allionia incarnata L., Trailing Four O'clock, that grew along the rocky roadside.
Despite efforts beating Mimosa and Acacia, two additional species, Ac. davidsoni Barr, this being it's type locality, and Ac. parkeri Cazier, were not encountered. Bummer dude.