Subject: Pleocoma rubiginosa rubiginosa Female !
Location: Chimney Peak Recreation Area , Kennedy Meadows Road , Kern Pleateu , Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tulare County, California, USA
March 14, 2017 6:24 am
Chimney Peak Recreation Area , Kennedy Meadows Road , Kern Pleateu , Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tulare County, California, USA
March 9, 2017
I just got back from spending 5 days ( 3/4/2017 to 3/9/2017 ) in the Kennedy Meadows Area in search of Pleocoma rubiginosa rubiginosa and I was not disappointed ! My good friend Garin Woo and his sister joined me the first day and we collected a handful each at sunset using Black lite traps and nets. The next day they had left and a major Blizzard hit me , dropping over a foot of fresh snow. I was off the pavement on a dirt road so, I stayed put and waited 2 days for the snow to melt and the Pleocoma to fly . 6 degrees the second night in the Blizzard and a balmy 22 degrees the third night with clearing skies .Finally the temps soared upward into the 70’s and the Beetles started to Fly in Numbers ! So the 4th and 5th night I was able to collect an excellent / large series of beautiful freshly hatched male Pleocoma ! And as a Bonus Prize I found a Female Pleocoma rubiginosa rubiginosa on the last Night ! Setting her right in the lip of my net I was able to collect 6 Males who flew right in it ! Then the flights stopped as quickly as they began , with the main flight being 15 minutes in duration and then that was it . On the way home to Lake Tahoe my rig died and I had to have three different tow trucks work to get me and my Ford Expedition home ! That took Two extra days as the one Tow truck also had Mechanical problems half way home . It was still a great trip and the motor issue was fixed by my main mechanic in a half day, putting me back on the road ! Thank God for my Premium AAA Card and excellent Tow Truck operators ! These folks literally keep America Rolling ! The Male’s length sizes ranged from 20mm to 30 mm and the Female was 22mm in length ( using stainless steel calipers ) . These are the last Pleocoma to fly until next Fall ! I am including the male and female pictures and they ( both sexes )are both the same length. Cheers and good Hunting to All ! Cheers ! Gene St. Denis Sierra Nevada Research
Signature: Gene St. Denis
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Daniel , the last picture you posted is the female from the side ,
please change it’s title from male to female . Unless you want to
replace it with the male picture I am adding with this reply . Cheers !
Thanks for the correction Gene. I will use all your images.
Rodger that Daniel ! I just wanted to say that you guys have a great
site and do a splendid job bringing Entomology to Public as well ! Keep
up the good work my Friend . Cheers ! Gene