|Navajo Horses. watercolor from an earlier trip north|
|Oak Creek Canyon, West Fork, Sedona, AZ|
|Eastern Box-elder Bugs, Lixus semivittatus, Asclera ruficollis (Red-necked False Blister Beetle), Paraphidippus aurantius, Bombus hunti|
Black lighting at Clear Creek Campground attracted mostly old acquaintances from southern Arizona. This also turned out to be our last night with temperatures warm enough to bring in multitudes of insects, the moth Eudesmia arida being the dominant species.
|Derek, our local expert with his (or Hayduke's?) trusty blue Jeep. Photo by Robyn Waayers, another Abbey fan|
|Zygogramma continua, Collops bipunctatus (Two-spotted Melyrid), Megaphorus sp., Arethaea (Thread-legged Katydid)|
|Bombus morrisoni (photo Derek Uhey)|
|San Francisco Peaks, Arizona' highest|
|Chaetorellia sp., Xanthoepalpus bicolor, other tachinid, bumble bees|
|Trichocnemis spiculatus neomexicanus Alice, Aaron and me (Photo Robyn) Tragosoma harrisii|
|Catocala grotiana ,Pseudohemihyalea ambigua, Estigmene albida, Hypercompe permaculata (Many-spotted Tiger Moth) Bertholdia trigona (Grote's Bertholdia), Lophocampa ingens, Grammia williamsii|
|At Navajo Bridge|
|If Alice had not forgotten to bring the white table cloth, her cereal buffet would have looked like this|
|Canyon view in the morning|
|Charlie Brown Blister Beetle and Pandora Moth|
|At the Little Colorado River: next to the water the sandy area where the tiger beetles would be. Between Aaron and the cliff dead and dying Tamarisk trees all along the river|
|Diorhabda carinulata (Northern Tamarisk Beetle)|
Going through Flagstaff, we encountered down-poors so strong that the windshield wipers threatened to give up. And no silver lining anywhere, just more heavy clouds and lightning. So we kept going south, to Prescott. That way, we missed our planned visit to the insect collection of the NAU and did not see Derek again for now. Too bad,we had very much looked forward to both.
In Prescott, the sky finally cleared. We black lighted at Watson Lake Campground, but found that the tall, bright lights of the park drew the larger scarabs. A nice big male Strategus aloeus crash landed right next to the bath room (hot showers!). There was still enough of a light show to inspire Robyn to try and photograph lightning bolts instead of yet more beetles.
|Leptinotarsa rubiginosa (Reddish Potato Beetle)|
|photographing bugs at Watson Lake (photo Robyn Waayers)|
|Cicindela obsoleta santaclarae|
|Nemognatha sp. with eggs, Apiomeris flaviventris, Batyle ignicollis oblonga, Neoalbertia constans, Euphoria inda, Hemipepsis toussainti|
|Night sky over the badlands by Derek Uhey|