During our trip to the desert a couple weekends ago, we stopped to take some photos along a sandy wash. I stumbled upon this scene—a tarantula hawk very busily going from blossom to blossom on this desert milkweed. These are one of the few insects to which I have an absolute aversion (and after reading about their powerful stings, that seems wise), but since this one was so obviously engrossed in his feeding, I got up close and watched. I have to admit, they're beautiful. Those veined rust-orange wings. That irridescent blue! And check out the curled antennae.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
~ Bertrand Russell