March 7, 2012 – This morning found another Southern Plateau Lizard under a trash bin in a pile of dead leaves. Later I saw my first butterfly of the year, a Mourning Cloak, flying around behind the barn. Also saw crocuses blooming. Guess its really spring. The box-elder bugs are also swarming on the south side of the barn.
Southern Plateau lizard (Sceloporus undulatus tristichus)
a subspecies of Eastern Fence Lizard