Still a slow connection

Ok, I changed my mind, you get a bit more from Monahans Sandhills State Park. LOL Here was the night outing with the UV torch.

However a big storm cloud was coming!

It was looking iffy.
It was over before we knew it. 🙂
Count the rain on the sand. So not much and our night search was back on!

Our first glowing animal! The Sand-treader Cricket (Ammobaenetes). On BugGuide I read not many researchers have studied the creatures of the dunes. Are those not crazy hind legs? Apparently it helps with digging. (BugGuide)

Another look!

A flashlight look. A Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus) will eat crickets. “Like the majority of bat species, pallid bats are capable of using echolocation while foraging and traveling from their roost sites to foraging grounds. However, they may also opt to not echolocate while foraging, and instead use their large ears to locate insects on the ground.”(Wikipedia)

We found far more Sand-treader Crickets than scorpions.

This guy had just grabbed a meal! However, watch out scorpion, the Pallid Bats will eat scorpions among variety of other small critters.

The smallest scorpion on a grass blade.

What a fun night!

This paragliding gecko is new to science

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


  1. Great storm cloud pic. And i love the gliding gecko. Such a cute critter. Much cuter than scorpions.

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