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Red Diamond Rattlesnake Crotalus ruber

Observer

jonr

Date

July 17, 2015 09:40 AM PDT

Description

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.

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Palo Verde Root Borer Derobrachus hovorei

Observer

jonr

Date

June 27, 2015 09:47 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Observer

jonr

Date

June 27, 2015 09:42 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Rustic Sphinx Manduca rustica

Observer

jonr

Date

June 27, 2015 09:44 PM PDT

Description

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.

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California Mantis Stagmomantis californica

Observer

jonr

Date

June 27, 2015 09:48 PM PDT

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Desert Hairy Scorpion Hadrurus arizonensis

Observer

jonr

Date

June 27, 2015 09:21 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Silver cholla Cylindropuntia echinocarpa

Observer

jonr

Date

April 19, 2014 09:39 AM PDT

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chuparosa Justicia californica

Observer

jonr

Date

April 19, 2014 09:38 AM PDT

Description

Leafless bush with green stems and red tubular flowers at the end of branches. Found growing in a dry desert wash.

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Windscorpions Order Solifugae

Observer

jonr

Date

April 18, 2014 11:07 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Desert Spiny Lizard Sceloporus magister

Observer

jonr

Date

April 19, 2015 01:42 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Peninsular Bighorn Sheep Ovis canadensis ssp. cremnobates

Observer

jonr

Date

April 19, 2014 01:56 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Red Diamond Rattlesnake Crotalus ruber

Observer

jonr

Date

April 18, 2014 10:48 PM PDT

Description

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).

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Collared Lizards Genus Crotaphytus

Observer

jonr

Date

April 19, 2014 02:05 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Polioptila melanura

Observer

jonr

Date

April 19, 2014 11:31 AM PDT

Description

Small, gray-backed bird with a black cap and dark tail seen foraging in a palo verde tree

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California Barrel Cactus Ferocactus cylindraceus

Observer

jonr

Date

April 19, 2014 02:48 PM PDT

Description

Barrel cactus in full bloom with yellow flowers.

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Red-spotted Toad Anaxyrus punctatus

Observer

jonr

Date

April 18, 2014 10:43 PM PDT

Description

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.

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jonr

Date

June 16, 2015 02:35 PM PDT

Description

Observed on the branch of a honey mesquite tree buzzing very loudly. Outside temp was 106-deg F.

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Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Observer

jonr

Date

June 16, 2015 02:27 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata

Observer

jonr

Date

June 16, 2015 02:21 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Zebra-tailed Lizard Callisaurus draconoides

Observer

jonr

Date

June 16, 2015 02:16 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Western Whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris

Observer

jonr

Date

June 16, 2015 02:08 PM PDT

Description

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.

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Globemallows Genus Sphaeralcea

Observer

finatic

Date

March 22, 2015 03:21 PM PDT

Description

Riverside County, California, US

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White-tailed Antelope Squirrel Ammospermophilus leucurus

Observer

garyskipper

Date

April 1, 2015 01:33 AM HST

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Desert Iguana Dipsosaurus dorsalis

Observer

garyskipper

Date

March 31, 2015 11:01 PM HST

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Scott's Oriole Icterus parisorum

Observer

garyskipper

Date

March 31, 2015 10:34 PM HST

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Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii

Observer

wonderbabe

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

Wild bunny foraging for food

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Western Whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris

Observer

wonderbabe

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

Lizart eating moth

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Dragonflies Suborder Anisoptera

Observer

wonderbabe

Date

March 25, 2015

Description

Dragonfly stillness

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Desert Spiny Lizard Sceloporus magister

Observer

wonderbabe

Date

March 25, 2015

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Cactus Mouse Peromyscus eremicus

Observer

nlindsay

Date

March 22, 2015