John's Nature Pictures

Desert Spider Beetle

I found several of these little critters way out in the desert, near Desert Center, California. I had to chase this one around a bit before cornering him in some rocks. That's when he finally slowed down enough for me to shoot him. This is a type of Blister Beetle known as a Desert Spider Beetle. They are generally a dark blue-gray, sometimes white. The yellow variety appears to be very rare. Cysteodemus armatus

Picture #292 -  copyright © 1993 by John Sherman


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