Grand Canyon mystery critters
So I recently converted some old slides from a 1977 Grand Canyon trip, and found pictures of two critters that I didn't recognize. At the time I remember thinking I'd get some smart guy to identify them, but of course, the slides went into a box for a few years and I forgot about them. Until now.
So, any smart people out there recognize what these are? (Advance apologies for the poor quality; I had the wrong lens, these critters were uncooperative as far as having their picture taken and the slides sat in a box for a little bit.)
The hornet looking thing has a brilliant navy blue body and yellow wings (really!) I don't recall now where I saw it, certainly above Lava Falls, beyond that I just don't know. It acted like a hornet, had a stinger, and seemed to be collecting nectar.
The other critter was at camp just above separation rapid. It had 8 legs, leading me to think spider, was about the size of a pea, had amazing white fur on his body and legs, and moved like a bandit. I mean very quick, and never stopped moving. It didn't move with purpose, like it had someplace to go or something to do, more like a hyper dog looking for a scent.
(funny vision of Schutzie on hand and knees trying to keep up, camera in one hand, while little bug zooms round camp.)
It also had unusual antennae pointing forward on it's head. like cow horns. The fur was almost translucent, very soft looking, almost like a fur coat.