Yesterday I visited two unlikely desert locations, a lake and a river. The water was very low in Lake Bartlett and there were many small flowering plants along the sandy beach which attracted a multitude of insects. I was only able to get decent photos of a few:
A fuzzy bee fly
I was struck by the bright red of the net-winged beetles.
Every other net-wing I have ever seen was orange.
A Syrphid flower fly
Mating leaf beetles
The cholla seemed very happy growing on the huge boulder next to the river.
They looked as though cultivated - Fields of Cholla. Only the field is a big rock.