Bug with strange red growths found in the sink
After 2.5 inches of rain outside Rotan, the roads were greasy and non-driveable
Entrance to harvester ant mound
Classic harvester ant nest
Typical location of nest, near, on, or abutting the road
Spotted this little lizard right next to the first ant nest we found
The lizard spines look like plant spines
Second spotting of lizard scat
Another typical ant nest
Usually the nests are easy to spot
Another harvester nest
Jumbos making mini jumbos
Nest and foot
Road harvester mound
The ants clear a circle of vegetation and form well-trodden trails to and from the nest that strech as far as 30m from the nest entrance.
Ants bussling in and out. They are busy bringing seeds to the young uns.
Many ants call this mound home
Many nests were in the middle of the tire tracks
Casualties of war. These harvester ants were being eaten by little red ants, right by the nest entrance.
Our second horny toad
He's a handsome fellow
Easy pickings right near the ant nest
Ants and lizard. Yum.
Another view of the lizard
These ants found some fluffy seeds
Getting a better view
Can you spot the lizard?
Up and alert. Notice the black tip to the lizards left horn.
Another ant mound in the road
This stone fly is eating a grasshopper that is almost bigger than it is.
Very classic ant mount. I think that'll do it for ants.
The bluff we did not descend.
More views of the bluff
Deep, narrow ravine through the soap and gyp stone
Generally poor habitat with little bare ground for lizards or ants
Prickly pear fruit
Another view of the narrow canyon
Dung beatles making a meal of it.
A turbine makes its way north