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Joshua Tree National Park Insects [2]

To go along with my Joshua Tree trip report posted yesterday, I’ve got a couple of photo galleries to share:
Insect photos:

Non-insect photos:

Joshua Tree Trip Report - March 21-22, 2009

Note: This trip report is so huge, I’ve posted two versions on both of my blogs. The stories will be the same, but the photos will be different. On this blog you’ll find mostly the insect photos I snapped on the trip while on my other blog,, you’ll find the flower/scenery/non-bug photos.
I arrived into [...]

Spider Saturday: Wall Spider

My apartment usually gets a few uninvited guests dropping in this time of year.  I find them in unexpected places as well: the kitchen counter ar the bathroom floor.  They don’t seem to cause any harm and I suspect that they’re eating other uninvited guests, so I hesitate before reaching for the paper towel.  They [...]

Prepping for a weekend trip

Here’s a checklist I go through when getting ready for a weekend getaway.

Clear CompactFlash and SD memory cards
Charge batteries for cameras and ring flash (rechargeable NiMH)
Clean lenses of dust
Clear GPS and change batteries
Change batteries for Spot Satellite Messenger
Charge laptop
Pack extra batteries


Pack sleeping bag, tent, and air mattress
Pack backpack with a change of clothes
Pack medical kit [...]

Arboretum Insects 3

Returned to the LA Arboretum this weekend for a bit of photogging with a friend. The weather was a bit chilly and humid, so subjects were difficult to locate. However, we did find a few insects that we haven’t seen before. Although adult ladybugs have been easy to spot the last [...]

Spider Saturday: Garden Orb Weaver

I photogged this spider in Nicaragua last December. This golden orb weaver would set up its 4 to 5-foot wide web every evening and take it down every morning. When I first discovered  it, sitting in its web waiting for prey, I was just on my way to my tent to call it a night.  [...]

Common Names: To Cap or Not to Cap?

I’m hoping one of my smarter readers (i.e. all of you) can help me out. I’ve noticed that some publications capitalize common names of arthropods and others do not. Is this a personal preference or is there a rule defined somewhere? If there is indeed a rule, are there any exceptions?
Here are [...]

Arboretum Insects 2

Went with a friend to the local arboretum again last weekend. The flowers are starting to bloom and more insects are being drawn to their nectar, pollen, or maybe just their scent.
Here’s a gallery of some of my favorite photos from the afternoon: : the website

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while.
Most blogs that begin with that sentence usually signify the beginning of the end.  Sorry I haven’t posted in a while usually translates to, I’ve been busy with things that are now of more importance to me and I might not post here again.  This is NOT the case [...]

Spider Saturday: Marbled Cellar Spider

For this week’s spider, we have a common marbled cellar spider (female) - (Holocnemus pluchei):