I finally went through some pictures from another Bear Creek trip last summer, and got some help identifying a few rarities. I'd really like to know if anyone else has ever seen an American Rubyspot, as apparently they have a huge range but are unusual in the west, and I'd agree having never seen one before or since.
Robberfly by Icybacon, on Flickr
(Not rare, but really interesting. Predatory flies.)
Pepsis mildei by Icybacon, on Flickr
There were 2 or 3 different looking Tarantula Hawks along the dam road, but only one species has the orange antennae. They're pretty easygoing, though apparently one sting is far more than enough to change that opinion forever.
Mystery Creature by Icybacon, on Flickr
This is from the Archaeognatha order, which technically makes it an insect and not a mutant land shrimp. They haven't changed much since the Devonian period. There are probably a lot around the rocky streams, but might get overlooked as lacewing larva skeletons left on the rocks.
This was a damselfly, pretty much the same size as all the blue/grey ones. I took this neck-deep in water at the risk of a month's income worth of camera because it was that exciting. Bear Creek had hundreds of the blue damselflies, but this is the only one I've ever seen. If there's some spot where folks have found them, I'd love to know and spend a day as insect paparazzi.
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