Skywatch, Faux Tiger Beetles and Travel
City sky- storm clouds approaching
The weather is conspiring against me at the moment. I'm sitting at O'Hare airport waiting to go to Denver. We're currently running a little over 2 hours late. I'm meeting up with my collecting buddy John, and we're heading off for several days of chitinous goodness. We're delayed because the wind has been gusting over 40mph all day long. The weather forecast for Colorado? Iffy. I am NOT bitter. Well, not much.
We did manage to get some interesting bug watching and collecting in on the department field trip earlier in the week. I went to one spot where tiger beetles have been sighted by a department member. Signs were good on the walk in- there was lots of hot bug on bug action involving six-spotted tiger beetles.
Putting the sex in sexguttata
When we reached our goal, things started out slowly, but began looking up when I found my first tiger. It turns out to be a species that I collected last summer in Michigan.
Cicindela hirticollis - The hairy-necked tiger beetle
Later someone found a tiny tiger beetle- or so we thought. It turns out to be another species of Carabid, the marsh ground beetle (Elapherus). I had to post to BugGuide to get an ID. No wonder my tiger beetle key was failing me!
Elapherus- a faux tiger beetle
I'll try to post from Colorado. At the very least, I'll take lots of pictures and post when I get home on Wednesday. Mountains almost always seem photogenic.
Random bug pics from the field trip: