Well, I've certainly let the time and events build up since I last wrote. I'll therefore be brief and let the photographs speak the stories!
|Insect and spider hunting with the whole team.|
|The night brings out the very small...|
"Wind Scorpion" consuming a less-interesting dipterid
|... and the very large full moon.|
|"Dark" melanic conspecific of the same species of|
little striped whiptail (Aspidoscelis inornata) also
found in White Sands.
On our way to the first ever White Sands Symposium in Las Cruces, we stopped by our "dark soils" site at the Jornada Long Term Ecological Research Station. I've collected melanic (dark pigmented) lizards from this site in years past, which are conspecific (depending on who you ask) with the blanched species found within White Sands. This year, we glimpsed some long-nosed leopard lizards, many dark little striped whiptails, one dark lesser earless lizard, and several side blotched lizards.
|Requisite jumping-with-noose-poles photo at Jornada.|
|White Sands Symposium at Las Cruces, NM|
Take care followers! And goodnight creatures of the dark!
-S. Des Roches