Friday, June 26, 2020


"All is as if the world did cease to exist. The city's monuments go unseen, its past unheard, and its culture slowly fading in the dismal sea."

― Nathan Reese Maher

“It's easier to dismiss ghosts in the daylight.”

― Patricia Briggs

It's all about phenology: Last weekend none, this weekend several dozen! Mark Johnson and I set out to Sauk Prairie Recreational Area in search of Ghost Tiger Beetles (Ellipsoptera lepida) –– and they were very present! There were also a few Big Sand Tiger Beetles, many Festive Tiger Beetles, and I saw a single Oblique-lined early in the outing. Mark was searching the north end of the sandy parcel and found Punctured Tiger Beetles (Cicindela punctulata), which were also our first of the season. A beautiful day to photograph the little beasties!

Ghost Tiger Beetle Ellipsoptera lepida

Punctured Tiger Beetle Cicindela punctulata

All images © 2020 Mike McDowell

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