Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of this male mantid's face or spread wing, features that would have been necessary to separate the two very similar regional species C. californica and C. limbata. It was the only mantid seen among the many insects attracted to the Kelso Depot sidewalk lights at around 8:30 pm.
At least two dozen of these moths were attracted to the sidewalk lights at Kelso Depot at around 8:30pm.
These are two of the several dozen of these handsome katydids that were attracted to the sidewalk lights outside of the Kelso Depot at around 8:30 pm.
This individual was relaxing under the shade of a Creosote Bush.
Several of these large Robber Flies were seen around the base of the Kelso Dunes.
Pencil Cholla were fairly common in the Creosote Scrub surrounding the base of the Kelso Dunes.
This adult lizard was basking at the edge of a Creosote Bush.
Many acres of Creosote Bush surrounded the plains around the Kelso Dunes.
Pallid-winged grasshoppers were fairly common in the Creosote scrub around the Kelso Dunes.
This is a juvenile Side-blotched Lizard only a few inches long. Recently hatched Side-blotched Lizards were extremely common in the preserve the weekend I was there.
Cinchweeds were very common in stony flatlands around the Kelso Dunes and on the Cima Dome.
Found perched along fence between depot and railroad. Was seen catching and eating a moth.
1st year juvenile, pretty fresh. Ca 85deg F at TOS.
From past files . Merritt College herpetology class .