Saturday, May 18, 2013

Kelso Sand Dunes

During Sam Wells' and my eastern California trip last week, we stopped at the Kelso Sand Dunes for a night of photography. Here are some of the highlights:

A well camouflaged Mantid allows itself to be photographed.

Cysteodemus armatus LeConte

Desert Banded Gecko (Coleonyx v. variegatus)

Polyphylla aeolus La Rue

Some might confuse this nice bug with those pests you can find at your porch light. In reality, this is never the case. This Polyphylla species is restricted to the Kelso Sand Dunes and was recently described in 1998 by Delbert La Rue. You can find his blog "Crooked Beak Workshop" here or under my "Recommended Bug Blogs" list.

"This species is named after Aeolus, keeper of the winds in Greek mythology; in reference to the natural forces which have created and formed Kelso Sand Dunes, the type locality." (1)

I observed this species moments before sun down flying up and down the dunes. I only saw it within a ten minute window.

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