I call this one the Purkinje-cell saguaro. Growing outside the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. See comment from J Gilbert. Seems it was transplanted there. Did it like its new home, and start sprouting those narrow, brighter green branches up at the top from old, monstrose growth below?
Found at the Desert Botanical Garden, but didn't seem to be a planting -- maybe just a volunteer (tho who knows, could be a descendent of a planting, so might still be a cultivar).
Hmm: bonus bug, top center: seems to be a Fruit Fly (Tephritidae), Tephritini -- new family for me. (Apparently dipterists are trying to get people to call Drosophilidae 'vinegar flies' instead of 'fruit flies', and reserve the latter name for this taxon. Lotsa luck!)
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Another milkweed beetle, same exact plant as the previous photo, but I'm wondering if it is a different species due to the difference in markings. Could also be male/female or juvenile/mature differences.
A milkweed beetle, but I'm not sure of the species. Possibly Oncopeltus fasciatus, but it's not as orange as most of the photos of that species tend to be.
drinking from the lantana
was also there the evening before. both times took a drink out of the hummingbird feeder