In the late afternoon we collected and photographed in the grassland, mainly around the famous 'sap-oozing' Desert Broom bushes. The first rains had come down a few days earlier and the monsoon parties on the cracked branches were in full swing.
|Giant Agave Bug, Acantocephala thomasi|
|Longhorn Tragidion densiventre and Scarab Euphotria leucographa|
|Cricket Hunter Chlorion sp. and Fig Beetle Cotinis mutabilis|
|Climaciella brunnea (Wasp Mantidfly) and Apiomerus spissipes (Bee Assassin)|
|Whiskered Screech Owl babies, photo by Lois Manowitz|
|Now it only has to get dark!|
|In the meantime, we pick nick. Guess who forgot to tell everyone to wear dark colors for this adventure!|
|The Mercury Vapor light illuminates the gazebo in ghostly green, and a sunset storm is hanging over Green Valley|
|Macrodactylus uniformis (Western Rose Chafer) and Lycus simulans below|
|Ascaloptynx appendiculata, Vella fallax,|
At the light things were still a little slow for this usually rich location, but we soon had an owlfly, 2 different mantispids, and the largest AZ antlion, so the family Neuroptera was very well represented.
|Arachnis aulaea and Apocrisias thaumasta (Tiger Moths), Artace colaria, Lappet Moth|
|Strategus cessus, Prionus californicus|
|Chrysina beyeri and C. lecontei|
|Phyllophaga vetula and Dichotomius colonicus|
|Scorpion under flash light and uv light photos Suzi and Steve Manthorpe|
|Polyphylla hammondi and Cotalpa consobrina|
Those always remind me of our German Maikaefer that we loved so much as children.