There had been moderately heavy rain prior to our arrival, and mud was extensive still. The areas about 8 miles south were off limits to camping as of this year, so we camped just north of that area, in a small Palo Verde pocket on the east side of the main dune system.
Similar fauna to what we observed in 2013 were seen, with some new invertebrates.
|Hydrophilus triangularis, a first for me at the dunes. This is a large beetle - over an inch long.|
|Weevil, still wearing an outfit of dried mud from the rains.|
|Eburia falli, a nice cerambycid of the dunes. I have seen this species on several occasions there in the past, as well.|
|These beetles liked burrowing. Here's one, taking advantage of the soft sand.|
|MANY showed up at the black light sheets.|
|These field crickets were also present in very high numbers.|
|These little rove beetles were also EXTREMELY abundant.|
|A sand roach, probably Arenivaga sp.|
|Scorpions were out in numbers after dark. This one nabbed one of the small dynastines...|
|...then it snagged one of the ubiquitous crickets! If it had a larder somewhere, it must have been full at the end of this night!|
|A BIG velvet mite - Dinothrombium sp. A couple were seen near one light, ambling along like fuzzy teddy bears.|
|I have seen these very pale asilids at the dunes before. This one was determined by Eric Fisher from this photo as Efferia candida, a common species of the Colorado Desert in early summer.|
|This is what the Sidewinder's spot looked like in the morning (it never moved over the several hours of early evening while we were active).|