Friday, June 26, 2020

Ghosts!

"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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