I took a little day trip down there this Friday, August 30, to see what sort of flowering and insect activity might have been triggered by the rain.
The Scissors Crossing area clearly received quite a bit of precipitation, and about one mile west of Shelter Valley, the ground was very moist still, and mushrooms were popping up all over the landscape! Not too much flowering was occurring, and not too many insects were out and about, but that might change in the days and weeks to come. A lot of green growth was starting to appear on the damp landscape, though.
Below are some photographs of beetles found, and the wonderful mushroom "bloom."
|Acmaeodera gibbula, Scissors Crossing, Anza Borrego Desert, August 30, 2013.|
|Plionoma suturalis pair, Scissors Crossing, Anza Borrego Desert. August 30, 2013.|
|This white species of mushroom was the most abundant about one mile west of Shelter Valley. August 30, 2013.|
|A young, fresh pair of the species shown above. August 30, 2013.|
|Another undetermined mushroom species. One mile west of Shelter Valley. August 30, 2013.|
NOTE: Euphoria fascifera WERE flying associated with mesquite trees near Shelter Valley, but they were all flying too fast and high to photograph. I had seen this species in this location in late August 2007, in similar post-monsoonal conditions.
|Euphoria fascifera from 2007, near Shelter Valley, Anza Borrego Desert.|