|No bugs at all on Prickly Poppies, But maybe there's a painting in this?
|A male Collops and some Nemognatha on the thistle heads
On little flee bane flowers, we found baradine weevils that maybe Charlie O'Brian can identify ... there were so many of those that the yellow disk of some flowers was black with them.
|Narnia sp. on Cholla fruit
|A clearing planted with young oaks and Alligator Junipers
|Leaf Beetles on young oaks: Pachybrachis haematodes, Octotoma marginicollis, Xenochalepus ater, Pentispa suturalis
The nymphs of membracid Treehoppers, probably Cyrtolobus sp., would have been very well camouflaged among the leaf buds of the oaks, but were given away by the dark shapes of ants that were hanging all over them.
|Crematogaster sp. attending to a molting Cyrtolobus sp. nymph
So much productivity had of course attracted a number of predators, from still in-pupa Lady Bugs, to strangely elongate Robber Flies, Leptogastrinae, to jumping spiders and Little dark beetles, all of them in pairs, and shaped like melyridae.