Kelso giant sand treader cricket - Macrobaenetes kelsoensis
Kelso Dunes nine miles SSE of Kelso, San Bernadino County, California, USA
November 28, 2015
Cold evening with temps just below freezing. Excavated burrow on large dune face for about 12 inches which ran down at a shallow angle upward from the slope. Sand was dry with wet sand at about six inches depth. Individual was in dry sand when found. Burrow was very similar to M algodonensis of the Algodones Dunes of Imperial County CA. Immature individual estimated to be 1/4 size of an adult. Only other insect found in over an hour of searching was an unidentified green grasshopper type species on the dune surface.
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