Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Early June at the Black Light in our Backyard

Berothidae (Beaded Lacewings)  Lomamyia sp.

Hemerobiidae (Brown Lacewings)
Corydiidae (former Polyphagidae)  Arenivaga erratica
Tettigoniinae (Shield-backed Katydids) Eremopedes sp.
Tettigoniidae (Katydids) Insara covilleae (Creosote Bush Katydid)

Gryllidae (True Crickets), Gryllinae (Field Crickets)  Gryllus personatus (Badlands Cricket )

Reduviidae (Assassin Bugs), Triatominae (Kissing Bugs), Triatoma (Bloodsucking Conenoses), Triatoma rubida

Oligotomidae, Oligotoma nigra (Black Webspinner)

Formicidae (Ants)  Camponotus (Carpenter Ants) Camponotus fragilis
Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles) » Pimeliinae » Vacronini
Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)  Dynastinae (Rhinoceros Beetles)  Hemiphileurus illatus
Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles),  Elaphidiini,  Eustromula validum
Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)  Elaphidiini  Anelaphus subdepressus

Pythidae (Dead Log Beetles)  Trimitomerus riversii

Lycosidae (Wolf Spiders),  Hogna carolinensis (Carolina Wolf Spider)

Theridiidae (Cobweb Spiders), Latrodectus hesperus (Western Black Widow)
Hoffmannius confusus, a relative of the Stripetail
Sonoran Desert Toad, Incilius alvarius, former Bufo alvarius
This blog will be expanded as the month of June progresses. This first entry is from June 3, the temperatures have reached 105 F, no measurable rain for months, some saguaros are still blooming and others show the very first red fruit. 


  1. I sat in a cloud of bugs yesterday thinking of you :-) and I also got all my warblers!

  2. Not just that, also really huge! I've watched this one for several years, I think, and now his legs reach across a whole brick.

  3. I really try not to grimace when I see a Wolf Spider but it's really hard! Love that Scarab.

    1. I think the Black Widow can be much more harmful to humans than the Hogna, but at least she stays always in the same place, while the Hogna makes unpredictable appearances and runs like a mouse, except in all three dimensions....

  4. WOW! What a post!
    A pity we don't live on the same continent!
    Insara covilleae is a fantastic looking tettigoniidae, I haven't see anything similar in Europe.
    Hognas are one of my favorite spiders with the salticidae!
    Happy to have found your very interesting blog! :)

  5. Could that be a striped tail scorpion instead? Bark scorpions usually have a much more oval shaped body.

    1. You are right, and I should have known because one from the same location nailed me last year and Warren Savary identified the culprit for me. I think it would have hurt much more if it had been a Bark scorpion. We hve the big Hairy here and the small superstitionis but I haven't seen a Bark. I think they like more rocks and less sand.