Friday, May 05, 2006
Day 2 Desert Bugs
The next day of our desert outing we stopped along S-2 at a turnout overlooking the badlands ORV area.
Some ants were gathering purple flowers.
Having left Salton Sea behind in a cloud of dust, haze (or is that smog?), we arrived at Joshua Tree National Park about mid-day. It's surprising how close the two parks are to each other. It was a really nice sunny day at JTree. The shrubs at Sheep Pass campground were festooned with the silk nests of malacosoma californicum, the western tent caterpillar. The 'pillars were gone, but they left behind their distinctive droppings nearly filling the tents. Which is a bit of unsavory imagery in a campground setting.
Near the campground restroom I noticed the dropping of another sort of bug, photographa analogum var litteri. All things considered, though, it was a great weekend in the nearby California deserts.