Southwest Arizona is a mecca for butterflies and moths with over 270 species noted on regional checklists. We are actively planting nectar and host plants around the Quailway property to encourage visitation by many of our local species.
The tarantula is a well known spider that is often seen crossing roadways at night. Although large in size they are harmless to humans. Their bite is the equivalent to a bee sting.
Scorpions found in our area include the venomous striped bark scorpion and the less dangerous 2-striped scorpion.
Many species of beetle can be found in the mountains and deserts in the region. Although menacing in appearance the Palo Verde beetles are harmless. Other unique area beetles to watch for are the blue death feigning beetles and the colorful mesquite beetle.
Desert millipedes are often encountered along the Foothills Road.
Although frightening in appearance the vinegaroon is actually quite harmless. Their pinchers are used to capture small insects. Their name is derived from the smell they emit when threatened by a predator which resembles the odor of vinegar.