Check out the rest of my Species a Day writeups here.
Haikus were fun last time, so I figured I'd do it once more. (Don't worry. The next edition has three dragonflies and a spider in it, so I'm sure I'll be back to full pedantic ramble mode.) I may add full writeups to this soon, but until then, someone has been commandeering the computer during summer break, so you get these. I didn't mock my sister this time (no bees), but I still did my best.
The first and last pictures are by my son, so I guess he partly made up for the computer hogging.
Day 64: Golden paper wasp, Polistes aurifer
Trust me: Leave them be.
Do not spray them in the air.
Learned the hard way. Ran.
Day 65: Arizona tan mantis, Stagmomantis gracilipes
Started with many of you.
Few left, but well fed.
Day 66: Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus
Born with eyes open,
Downy hatchlings totter out.
Mother scolds: Kill-dee!
Day 67: Queen butterfly, Danaus gilippus
Milkweed sap defense.
For mating, guy brings plant drugs.
Alkaloids. Hey; works for him.
Day 68: Hackberry emperor, Asterocampa celtis
Eating carrion and dung.
Beauty from refuse.
Day 69: Say's phoebe, Sayornis saya
Wagging tail, and darting flight:
Day 70: Gambel's quail, Callipepla gambelii
Chicks follow in line,
Like ten fluffy tennis balls,
Chasing plume-topped pear.