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Lygaeus kalmii

Lygaeus kalmii
Truckhaven Trail, off SR-22, Borrego Valley, San Diego County, California, USA
January 8, 2010
On Desert milkweed (Asclepias subulata).

You beat me to the post!
Shot a couple of these today. Yours is nicer, but I have a neat side view and may post anyway.

 
Anza Borrego currently looks drier
than last year January. I hesitated posting this rather common bug, but a search for January only showed your two images from last year. Since this bug sat on a different plant in a different area, I though its probably a fair addition. On the other hand, L. kalmii is rather ubiquitous.
The only other insects I encountered (well, there were oodles of honey bees) were a couple of Edrotes ventricosus.

 
Those beetles are quite nice!
I've been prowling cochineal-covered cactus and turning up some odd things - two more today, soon to be posted. I'm finding a small variety of mostly common insects at Fullerton Arboretum, which, being watered, always has something. I might start chipping bark next; Peter is on the verge of sweep netting.

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