On the second of May I resumed my big adventure, this time I will be traveling for 3 months before returning to the LA area. My first stop was the Katherine’s Landing near Bullhead City, AZ. It is part of the Lake Mead Recreation Area I had been to before. But this time I was at the lower end on the opposite shore. It was really just a stop over point since I was not driving more than 5 hours at a stretch and this seemed like a good spot.
I checked in at the ranger station and found learned of a good hiking and birding location called Grapevine Canyon where there also happened to be pictrogrylphs. So off I went early in the morning. As I was parking my camper I spotted a Galia Monster crossing the parking lot. I was so excited I almost couldn’t get my camera turned. As it saw me approaching it began to move a little faster but I did manage to take 5 photos before it hid in the bush.
When I returned to the ranger station I told them about seeing it and they were so excited and then almost hugged me when I told them I had photos. It seems it isn’t officially documented unless you have photos. They informed me that it is a rare sighting and I was extremely lucky since no one has reported seeing one in that area for a couple of years. I gave them copies of the photos that were sent to the state biologist and now it is all official. I was glad to help.
I saw a few other lizards but I will save those for a later blog. But I do want to share the butterflies I found and oh yes the pictogrylphs.
I don’t know much about these butterflies but they are beautiful.
California Patch (Chlosyne californica)
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) Isn’t this one beautiful and large for a hairstreak.
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
Gray Hairstrek (Strymon melinus)