Along with my lack of fresh writing inspiration, here are some of the few highlights from this very dry season's field work (Sadly, the computer has been trouble lately and I haven't been able to access the original photo-editing program I have used to crop most bug photos previous to this post):
A very hairy Dune beetle, (Coelus sp.) at Guadalupe-Nipomo Sand Dunes, Monterey County, Coastal California.
Another, very camera-shy dune beetle. Bad hair day maybe?
The coastal Guadalupe-Nipomo Sand Dunes just before sundown.
A lucky find was this bombardier beetle (Brachinus sp.) at Bluff Creek, Humboldt County, northwestern California
Habitat along Bluff Creek where this Brachinus, and a surprising number of
other winter-active ground beetles were found.
These Oregon Alligator Lizards (Elgaria multicarinata scincicauda) I had inadvertently disturbed overwintering underneath a log while I was looking for ground beetles. Despite feeling bad for interrupting these critters, finding these wary lizards in January played an important factor in photographing them at such close range. I had no success attempting photographing this species last June when I hiked through a population in the coastal mountain range.
Similar habitat near where the Alligator Lizards were found at Bluff Creek in January, 2014