The first day of the 2010 IECC conference has been great. I spent the entire first day out in the field. Lots of driving and stopping between monsoon rains, which I hadn’t realized was an Arizona reality. There is quite a bit of diversity. Scorpions, vinegaroons, lots of interesting grasshoppers, ground beetles, cryptically colored damselflies, antlions, robber flies, red and white furry mites, and a variety of assassin bugs. One rattlesnake, a 2 1/2′ long snake that wasn’t looking for a confrontation. Arthur Evans presented the keynote session, focusing on beetles.
I wish I had my field guides to provide more information about finds, but I brought the Xotopro with me instead. That’ll come in handy during the next two nights of blacklighting and evening desert photography.
Tomorrow’s focus is presentations in the morning, fieldwork in southern Arizona in the afternoon and blacklighting along the US/Mexican border tomorrow night. Should be fun!