Insect Collecting Spectra
- I was checking the fluid levels in Cate Erbaugh's new
KIA Spectra and noted two piles of intact air-dired
insects collected on two metal benches located between
the battery and headlight on the left side, and the
other between the headlight and the neck of the
windshield wiper fluid intake on the right side. The
insects must have collected there over the summer in
her weekly trips from Fort Sumner to Roswell and her
trips to the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe and a
few added trips to Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas.
The dried insects would fill a good sized salad bowl.
Most numerous were grasshoppers, numerous robber
flies, butterflies, beetles, bees, drgonflies, and
damselflies. Among the dragonflies were two male
Blue-eyed Darners, and five Variegated Meadowhawks, 3
males and 2 females. Of the damselflies were a male
Plateau Spreadwing, several female Familiar Bluets,
and an Ischnura missing the abdomen.
There were seveal Mormon Crickets, and Painted
Grasshoppers among the many Orthoptera. The
butterflies were made up of mostly checkerspots and
blues. I could only recognise a few of the beetles,
but most were various blister beetles and darklings,
with about 6 oragnge and black Carrion Beetles. The
Robber Flies were the second most numerous insects in
the pile and most appeared to be the large black
(Microstylum galactodes) and (M. morosum) about equal
in size to the Variegated Meadowhawk. All very
Roswell, New Mexico
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