Salton Sea Trip #3
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Non-Ant Insects In Blythe Area
The Remarkable Ground Mantid (Order Mantodea Family Mantidae)
Mantids were once placed in the large order Orthoptera, along with grasshoppers, crickets,
katydids, and cockroaches.  They are now placed in a separate order called the Mantodea.

A well-camouflaged ground mantid (Litaneutria minor).

Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Order Lepidoptera Family Lycaenidae)

Purple hairstreak: Male Atlides halesus on desert lavender (Hyptis emoryi).