30 July 2006


Travis and I went to Lecompte this past weekend. We found 19 S. aloeus, including 3 males. We did not find any other species except for dead ones. "Lupe's" has been pretty good the past few trips, and the far out station, on the other side of Lecompte, has been really good. This one did not have anything until recently.


22 July 2006

Omelette anyone ??

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs...

I wanted to post a few pics of some of the eggs I've collected recently:

Strategus aloeus:

Cotinus nitida:

Dynastes tityus:

Blue-tailed skink:


10 July 2006

Lunar Nemesis: 7/8/06

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...Tomorrow, and more:

Saturday night and Saturday day were like night and day, figuratively speaking of course.

Saturday during the day (Saturday day) I traveled with James and his father to the edge of the Atchafalaya. It was scorching. On the way there we spotted a rare beetle: Pseudostrategus lithosoma, in the middle of the day, in the middle of the road. It was our first sighting of this species this year and all three of us got out of the car to take a look. I think the most common common name used is “dark-colored rock” but there are a few regional variants.
We traveled to the home of a friend of a friend of mine: James, one of James’ friends. We saw some stuff and they took some pics. My camera was out because apparently it can’t run on dead batteries (you think the manual would have mentioned that), so I am hoping one of my co-excursionists can post some photos. James spotted a large velvet ant that I scooped up.
James pointed out a nice spot that we should all check out near there. James will have to tell you more since he has been there frequently, but for now all you need to know is: hard power.
Before I get into the next section I have to add that the moon was nowhere to be seen at this point.

Saturday night: 7/8/06: Lecompte, LA: 10:45 PM: Lunar Nemesis…

Welp, for all of you that so narrowly missed this week’s excursion (you know who you are) you may consider yourselves lucky. The moon was full or pretty darn big at least, and it was “out the window and up” as we drove. The moon mooned us the entire night. Here are the stats:
Trip north: 2 adult, male humans

Trip south: 2 adult, male humans
1 adult, male Strategus aloeus
2 adult, female S. aloeus
1 adult, female Dynastes tityus
1 adult, female Lucanus capreolus

For those keeping score that’s only 7 animals in total for the trip south. The ones that we found seemed like they had been there from a previous night. We even drove up to the “Visitor Center” that is north of Alexandra to hopefully pad our numbers. We saw the watchmen’s truck (the one we spoke to on the previous trip there) but did not see him anywhere. What we did see were some crickets in the parking lot (yes, real crickets).
The only nice thing about the finds for that night was that the male Ox beetle has very nice horns.