Once we were out of the canyon and on the trail we took a short rest and we were on our slightly downhill trail all the way back to the truck. Here are some of the rest of the bugs we saw:
Unknown Fly (Robber Fly?) I submitted this one to Bugguide in hopes of getting down to the genus.
Nemognatha scutellaris (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Meloidae)
Bombus bifarius Cresson (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
As we were driving home, Michael noticed a tick in the back of my arm. Because of the inconvenient spot, I asked Sam to photograph it before he would kindly yank it out.
Sneaky little devil
This was not the only surprise; a couple days after the trip my left arm started breaking out in hives. Turns out I must have brushed through the notorious poison oak when beating for leaf beetles and night collecting for ground-dwellers. Oh well, the hives are gone now and the tick bite has almost healed.
Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)
In just a couple hours I will be hiking the high Sierra Nevada. It will take until Saturday to complete this hike so I am hoping to get some good photographs for good future blogging. Wish me luck!