|Admiring those tall stalks of Swertia radiata (Frasera speciosa) Green Gentian|
|The lovely, melancholy song of the Hermit Thrush set the tone for our walk. But this individual was too busy for such frivolities|
|Gasteruption sp. female and Polistes sp. male|
|Saprophytic Orchid |
Corallorhiza striata Striped Coral Root
Pyrola elliptica Waxflower Shinleaf, Bombus melanopygus
|Little Wasps, Encyrtus sp.|
On the leaves of Silver-leave oak little ant-like wasps were running about. There tiny wings seemed non-functional (?) enhancing the ant similarity (there will be a follow-up blog to this topic).
|Tenthredinidae (Common Sawflies)|
|Lycus fulvellus femoratus|
|Discodon bipunctatum, Ellychnia corrusca|
We first found the Soldier Beetle Discodon bipunctatum, which I nearly mistook for a firefly. No wonder, he's a close mimic of a toxic beetle in that family (I'm not sure if the soldier beetle, a Cantharid, is toxic as well, it might be, it shares it's name with the substance Cantharidin, but that is supposed to be a historical misnomer) . Soon we also found the Firefly Ellychnia corrusca (diurnal, no flight display of lights at night). Extremely common.
Lygistopterus rubripennis, then a little higher up mostly Lycus fulvellus femoratus. Of course, elevation was not the only changing parameter - we also came closer to some running water, the canopy cover increased and the temperature increased as the day progressed. Lycus arizonensis at least was not found on the way up, but rather common on the way back later in the day.
|Lycus sanguinipennis, Lygistopterus rubripennis, Lycus fulvellus femoratus, Lycus arizonensis|
|Oh, no! They did!!!!|
To see more photos of Turkey Run and also Marshall Gulch insects go to the flickr album here
Leslie Eguchi has added her excellent insect photos from our trip to the flickr album. Thank you, Leslie!