Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Another Good Day for Bugs, Part 1
The focus our hike then switched to bugs. We saw lots of bug drama over the next hour. Some children in camp found a large Jerusalem Cricket, Stenopelmatus fuscus, which they called a potato bug. I gently prodded him out of his hole beneath a rock for some photos, then let him crawl back. We replaced the rock to protect his home, and I'll bet he'll be there tomorrow.
Along the trail was another eye-catching bug, a bright orange Velvet Ant, Dasymutilla aureola, which despite its soft, fuzzy look actually packs a powerful sting. You see, it's actually a wingless wasp.
There was lots of other interesting bug activity on today's walk. More photos and stories in my next post.