April 2, 2010
We took the day off yesterday and went to Joshua Tree National Park to see the desert in bloom, and we saw gorgeous wild flowers in the low desert.  Alas, we saw virtually no insects except a few honey bees and some nondescript flies that refused to sit still long enough for a photo.  We did take several poor photos of these Tent Caterpillars which were quite plentiful.  We believe they are Southwestern Tent Caterpillars, Malacosoma incurvum, which is pictured on BugGuide, though they might also be California Tent Caterpillars, Malacosoma californicum, also pictured on BugGuideMila Zinkova’s image on Wikimedia Commons puts our photo to shame, and she visited Joshua Tree exactly a year before our own visit.

Tent Caterpillars

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