Why we’re tracking beetles in the Mojave Desert

Top Left: Roseanna’s ‘Friend-o’, the larvae of a Splendid Tamarisk Weevil (Coniatus splendidulus) with my finger for scale. Bottom Right: The infamous Tamarisk Leaf Beetle (Diorhabda sp. probably D. carinulata) Bottom Left: An adult Splendid Tamarisk Weevil among leaf litter. Bottom Right: Roseanna holding a sample ID number before she conducts a sweep of this very tall tamarisk.
Top: The group of gorgeous bighorn females (Ovis canadensis) going back for seconds. (Photo captured from cameras) Bottom: Ewes playing in the July heat in Afton Canyon.
Above: Me, Brandee, and Roseanna, hamming it up during our socially-distant lunchtime together. MDLT has gone above and beyond to make sure we’re both productive and safe during the pandemic. Spending time with these gals is the highlight of my month.

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store