Approx. 3 feet long, reddish, rusty color with dark diamond-shaped pattern on back and distinctive black and white striped "coon tail," terminating in a rattle. It was discovered crossing the patio area of the Friends of the Desert Mountains building (adjacent to Visitors Center). It had a visible bulge just past the half way mark of its length, apparently having fed recently.
Large beetle, approx. 3" in length, with shiny black carapace and long, segmented antennae. It was found on a white sheet illuminated by a UV flashlight along Art Smith trail during a Night Adventures in the Desert event sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains. It had an impressive set of mandibles, which it opened and closed. It clung tightly to the white sheet despite repeated attempts to dislodge it. Apparently attracted to the UV light and white sheet.
Small, damselfly-like in appearance except for short antennae that curve downward at the distal end. Found on a white sheet illuminated by UV flashlight at night along the Art Smith trail off of Highway 74. I believe it is an adult form of antlion species.
This moth was found at night along the Art Smith trail during a Night Adventures in the Desert event sponsored by Friends of the Desert Mountains. Each wing had two dark patches bordered by zig-zag white lines. It appeared to be in distress and unable to fly. The photo is illuminated by a UV flashlight.
Small, sand-colored mantis, approx. 1.5" in length. Found at night crawling over rocks near a white towel illuminated by UV flashlight along Art Smith trail, during a Night Adventures in the Monument event. It appeared to be hunting the insects attracted to the light.
Scorpion located by UV flashlight along Art Smith trail during Night Adventures in the Monument event. Found stationary on a rock. Under visible light it had a gray body with sand-colored appendages.
Gold-colored cactus with multiple short branches covered with long, sharp spines. Found in a desert wash.
Leafless bush with green stems and red tubular flowers at the end of branches. Found growing in a dry desert wash.
Observed at night, crawling along a wall at the Boyd Deep Canyon Research Center. About 1.5 inches long, with eight legs, a pair of pincers up front and two large, tarantula-like fangs.
Relatively large, spiny lizard, about 7" long, rust color with a dark, wedge-shaped mark on the shoulders. Found hiding behind a fire extinguisher on the wall of the Boyd Deep Canyon Research Center.
A small group of two adult rams and one younger male appeared to be separated from a larger group upslope, due to a hiking trail with hikers taking photos. They stood on one side of the trail for a while, then took off in a sudden burst across the trail and continued up the mountain to join the rest of their group.
Somewhat small rattlesnake, about 2 feet long, with reddish-brown diamond pattern along the length of its back and distinctive black and white horizontal stripes on its tail, terminating in a rattle with six segments plus the tip. Found at night, slithering through granite rocks and desert scrub (brittlebush, creosote bush).
Relatively large lizard; over 12" long from snout to tip of tail. Distinct black and white collar stripes; brown and cream color mosaic pattern on back. Found basking on a large rock in Deep Canyon.
Small, gray-backed bird with a black cap and dark tail seen foraging in a palo verde tree
Barrel cactus in full bloom with yellow flowers.
This small toad, about 2" long, was found near a spring. It was tan with speckled black marks and distinctive, red-tipped warts on its back.
Observed on the branch of a honey mesquite tree buzzing very loudly. Outside temp was 106-deg F.
First observed in a smoke tree, possibly hunting for nesting bird eggs or offspring. When startled, it ran into the back veranda of the Visitors Center and appeared to be cooling off in the shade. It bobbed its tail, then jumped up on a wall and took off running. Outside temp was 106-deg F.
Small, sparrow-like bird with striking black-and-white striped pattern on head. It was observed under a bush in the native demonstration garden at the National Monument Visitors Center, apparently seeking shade from the sun. Outside temp was approx. 106-deg F with very little wind.
Small, thin, fast-moving lizard, approx. 7" long including tail. Light tan color with distinct black horizontal bars across its tail. This lizard also had two dark bars on its side, behind its forelimbs, on a colorful blue and yellow background. It was observed doing push-ups under a bush while wagging its tail back and forth. Outside temp approx. 106-deg F.
Speckle-patterned lizard with a bluish tint across its head and upper body. Streamlined body with a very long tail, approx. 9-10" including the tail. It was observed making short, jerky movements as it foraged under a bush. Outside temp was 106-deg F. It was found outside the Visitors Center of the National Monument.
Riverside County, California, US
Wild bunny foraging for food
Lizart eating moth