City, state, country:Westwood, California, Lassen County
I have been working on a digital image invertebrate and plant collection of the Mountain Meadows Basin (where Westwood is located) for several years now, since 2003.
My interest in "bugs" goes back to my childhood years when I first began collecting. I have two collections: the first one from coastal Southern CA (1970s); and the one I am currently working on - from Northeastern CA - where The Cascade mountain range meets the Sierra Nevada range.
The Bug Guide website has helped me to ID many specimens. I think it is time to start sharing some of the critters from this area. My thanks to all!
- April 13, 2010
- Update - April 13, 2011
One year has gone by, from this day, since I added my first "bug" photo, a moth shown above, to the Bug Guide! I wish to express my sincere thanks to all the contributors, experts, and especially the contributing editors, who have provided ID's, good advice, patience, and compliments on my images, during the last year.
The results, thus far, can be viewed via the list of links to thumbnails of various groups listed below. A more detailed listing of the invertebrates of the Mountain Meadows Basin can be view at my website "here".
The camera that I have been using, since 2010, is a Cannon PowerShot A2000 IS point-and-shoot camera.
Bugs of the Mountain Meadows Basin
Click on linked names below to view photos of named group
Miscelaneous other Flies
All the Flies
Miscellaneous other Wasps
Leaf-cutter & Resin Bees
Miscellaneous Other Bees
All the Bees
Aquatic & Wetland Insects of the Mountain Meadows Basin Includes insects that live in Mountain Meadows Reservoir, the Mill Pond, the various creeks & streams, and all wetland meadows; and insects that are directly dependent upon these habitats and associated flora.
A panoramic view looking northwards over the Mountain Meadows Basin showing Mountain Meadows Reservoir, the town of Westwood near the center, and the Cascade Mountain Range on the horizon. Lassen Volcanic National Park is situated on the left horizon line. I took this photo from the Westwood Overlook, a mountain ridge on the northern edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Almost all my "bugs" shown in the photo-links listed above have been found within this mountain basin (elevation averaging about 5100'). Most of these bugs are probably also found within the adjacent Lake Almanor Chester Basin (elevation about 4500') located 6-10 miles west of Westwood.
"Wherever we go in the mountains, or indeed in any of God's wild fields, we find more than we seek." - John Muir - My First Summer in the Sierra (1911)(Aug 4th entry)