On April 27th at 5:15PM, the Prescott Regional Communications Center received a ‘911’ call reporting a 70 year old female and her neighbor were being attacked by bee’s in the 1900 block of Meadowridge Road. One crew from Central Arizona Fire, two crews from the Prescott Fire Department, as well as a Battalion Chief responded. The first arriving crew found two female patients being attacked by very aggressive bees. The crews wore appropriate personal protective equipment and extricated the two patients from the area. The two were reported to have hundreds of bees covering their faces and head and were being aggressively stung.
Bad news, this is not far from our house. Last year a bee colony was discovered in a water meter housing on our street. A neighbor said his dogs were stung a few times, nothing like this attack. The hive on our street has been removed.
The cicada was on a walkway by our house, still alive but just barely. These insects emerge from the soil in their larval stage, climb up a wall or tree, then their exoskeleton spits open and the flying form emerges. They mate and lay eggs for next years group. The flying adult version is around for a month or two during the Az monsoon season. They make a buzzing noise to attract a mate, which can be quite loud when hundreds of them do it at once.
Shortly after I took this photo one of my rat terriers caught and ate this individual.
This late season visitor appeared while I was refilling the humming bird feeders. It was early in the morning, when the cold blooded ones move slowly. I got right up to him and snapped this. The background colors are blue sky and the overhang of my garage, quite out of focus and interesting. Click on the image for a larger view.