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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 gather
ing purple flowers.

Having left Salton Sea behind in a cloud of dust, haze (or is that smog?), we arr
ived 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.


Cie Cheesemeister said...

There are fascinating bugs that dwell in the unique sand dunes near Alamosa, Colorado. Apparently they don't live anywhere else but there. And there are idiots who want to drain the aquifer under the sand dunes, not thinking in the least about the rare life forms that live there!
Sometimes people's stupidity really amazes me.

MBrown said...

Certainly a nice looking blog you have going here Vanessa, and I even found here the link to the North American Insects that I had lost a few weeks back, and couldn't remember where it was located or what it was named.

I'll be back!!