---Hadas' Edible Plants---

   

Just like NJ with more space

 

 

links:

 

Herpetopages here

 

Trailer Park Diary

 

SouthWest Arizona 2012

 

Arid SW in 2013

 

Arid SW in 2014

 

Barry M. Goldwater Range, February 2012

 

 

 

This time we saw good numbers of these beetles going (and flying) around. 

 

According to this source

http://www.arizonensis.org/sonoran/fieldguide/arthropoda/lytta_auriculata.html

they are Red-eared Blister Beetles ( Lytta auriculata, family Meloidae).

 

"Meloidae, or Blister Beetles, are common insects found on flowers especially during spring time in the Sonoran Desert. They feed on the petals and pollen as adults but live an entirely different life as immature larvae. The adults tend to have bright, aposomatic coloration set off by black. This is a warning that these beetles often contain noxious or poisonous compounds; birds and other insectivores tend to avoid meloids.

The larvae are parasitic in the nests of ground nesting bees or other ground nesting insects. The tiny, first stage larvae are mobile and seek out a suitable host. Once they attach to a host they become immobile drawing sustenance as they grow."

 

 

 

 

Fort Irwin - Mojave Desert, CA, June 2011 NTC Mission Video

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                    photo: Hadas Parag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one rain-out shelter

 

some rain-out shelters

 

 

many rain-out shelters

 

 

Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer key below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

clockwise from top left:  Loggerhead Shrike, White-crowned Sparrow, Sage Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Sage Trasher, Horned Lark, Say's Phoebe

 

 

 

San Gabriel Mountains - Oct. 15,  2011

 

 

 

Clark's Nutcracker feeding on Limber Pine seeds (Pinus flexilis)

 

 

 

 

Velvet Ant Dasymutilla cf. sackenii

 
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