Painted Damsel

Painted Damsel

During the warm months of the year in the Southwest, colorful and graceful Painted Damsels (Hesperagrion heterodoxum) can be seen darting about and resting on slender reeds and tall grasses in lush riparian areas. The distinctive male Painted Damsels are mostly brilliant turquoise blue and black with a red-tipped abdomen and red spots behind the… Read More →

Lesser Nighthawk

Lesser Nighthawk

On warm summer evenings in the southwestern deserts, Lesser Nighthawks (Chordeiles acutipennis) can be seen just after sunset darting about hunting for nocturnal insects and gracefully skimming over swimming pools and other large water sources to scoop up mouthfuls of water and snap up any drowning insects. Lesser Nighthawks excel at capturing insects in flight… Read More →