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Nyan’s crazy socal rock flipping adventures!

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by NYAN, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Hi all, since I tend to go rock flipping once a week at least I figured I would make this thread to share some things I see. Before making this I would upload my finds to the media here. Hopefully you all can enjoy!

    It seems everything was posted backwards. Hopefully next time I will fix it:


    Scutigera coleoptrata- common house centipede not in a house. There were actually 2 of these right next to eachother, the other scurried away when I lifted the large rock. Under the same rock was another scorpion and some beetles. Also, it seems this posted backwards. Next time I will try to fix that.
    AFB5CA37-B140-466A-9EC8-B021A052E91B.jpeg Another paruroctonus silvestrii, this one is a Gravid female who’s unhappy I disturbed her burrow. About 4 inches over was another under the same rock.
    2C0FE583-2D87-47E4-B9D4-963051698A81.jpeg 108D245C-900A-4418-8C97-781E36E2158C.jpeg More darkling beetles and another beetle species at the bottom center.
    F6905CF2-3AFE-4C6A-9CF1-B523E242988D.jpeg Some sort of darkling beetle. Maybe someone can give me the species name. These were also somewhat common. For some reason I came across about dozen dead ones also.
    859C2A7D-A324-4F3A-985E-AF09D703806E.jpeg Paruroctonus silvestrii- California common scorpion. Another common species. I probably found 2-3 dozen today.
    0C7E1BF0-647D-4254-982A-A99D54676D70.jpeg Scolopendra polymorpha- tiger centipede. I only saw this one today, but it was a bit dry. This particular one has a bit of an injury on it. C304AFE5-0324-494F-974F-12C25870A508.jpeg
    Sceloporus occidentalis-western fence lizard. There were probably hundreds of these today.
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  2. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member


    Unknown species of cicada.

    1D881906-9CB6-4586-8C9C-DFF8B61318B9.jpeg Freshly molted paruroctonus silvestrii With molt in photo.
    598E1351-6638-451A-942C-5FF19D0CBAA0.jpeg I was pretty surprised to see one of these. Unknown solpugid species.

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  3. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoemperor Active Member

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  4. myrmecophile

    myrmecophile Arachnobaron Old Timer

    Sure hope those rocks went neatly back into place, unknown beetle looks like a wooly darkling beetle, Eleodes osculans although the image is not good enough to be sure.
  5. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    The rocks always go as neatly back in place as possible! Wouldn’t want to destroy habitat. Your ID is correct, I see them somewhat often but forgot the name.
  6. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member


    I believe this to be thamnophis elegans terrestris, the coast garter snake.

    Jumping spider with egg sac, Unsure of the ID

    Latrodectus sp. web with molt. Likely to be Hesperus.

    Agelenopsis aperta
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  7. The Snark

    The Snark Dumpster Fire of the Gods Old Timer

    Easy way to ID Elegans. Shortly after birth they develop 'wallpaper' decoration down their sides but the coloration usually fades away beyond the anal vent.
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  8. wetwork

    wetwork Arachnoknight Arachnosupporter

    Where do you go rock flipping at? Not exact location but general area.
  9. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member


    Feel free to PM me!
  10. NaCon

    NaCon Arachnopeon Active Member

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  11. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Two different crotalus oreganus helleri/southern Pacific rattlesnakes. Both of them were very calm and barely rattled if at all.

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  12. The Snark

    The Snark Dumpster Fire of the Gods Old Timer

    Upper. Dats one porked out rattler.
  13. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Hopefully it’s a gravid female.
  14. The Snark

    The Snark Dumpster Fire of the Gods Old Timer

    With that fatty tail, likely. If it doesn't pass the remains of a few mice in the next few days, that bulge is baby time.
  15. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member


    A bad photo of a crotalus oreganus helleri. These are pretty easy going snakes.

    Two nice adult female latrodectus herperus.
    821816F1-BA10-4DE7-B548-9C8EFA676C00.jpeg 74C7166F-ACF9-4785-AFBD-076907719F7B.jpeg

    A likely male anuroctonus pococki.
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  16. Mninvert

    Mninvert Arachnopeon

    Your Garter Snake is actually a California Whipsnake , Masticophis lateralis. Awesome Finds!
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  17. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Scolopendra polymorpha

    0990E38B-57D1-478D-89D2-F60E9BD4ACF9.jpeg Anuroctonus pocoki

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  18. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh

    Really cool, is it a far drive from your place of residence? I've always wanted to live somewhere that's a quick bike ride/drive from a wide variety of animals.
  19. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Nah, it’s my backyard/ work pretty much.
  20. Brian Kellett

    Brian Kellett Arachnopeon

    Love your pics!
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