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Mystery: braconid wasp cocoons.
This is what they look like when the caterpillar is still alive.
This is the wasp laying eggs that will develop into the pupae spinning the cocoons.
Females start multiple nests. Male cactus wrens take care of the young.
Mystery: whose nest?
Adult dragonfly. Emerges from water, has wings. Hunts flying insects on land.
Mystery: dragonfly larva, lives in the water, ferocious hunter.
Adult gulf frit
Mystery: a butterfly pupa (Gulf Fritillary)
Mystery: Close-up of the side of a horse lubber grasshopper
Mystery: lacewing eggs
Female mantid making an egg case
mantid egg case
baby mantids emerging from egg case
Mystery: mantid eggs case
The Mesquite Girdler beetle that makes the mesquite girdle
Beetles make girdles to protect their young from being drowned by tree resin.
Mystery: mesquite girdle.
Adult mud dauber
Mystery: A mud-dauber nest.
pack rat nest
Mystery: packrat nest
The witches egg will turn into a stinkhorn fungus.
Mystery: Witches egg (young stinkhorn mushroom)
Cross-section of a witches egg. You can see the young desert stinkhorn mushroom developing.
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