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Creosote Critters (21) More files... by Dr. Mark W. Moffett
An unlikely haven for insect life, Arizona's desert plant, the creosote, supports a unique array of wildlife. Bush crickets feed on fruit, crab spiders attack and mantises call this plant home in the Sonoran Desert. Mark Moffett's noctural photography brings this curious microcosm to life.
Arizona Mantis (Stagmomantis limbata) on Creosote bush, Tucson, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00106296 Arizona Mantis (Stagmomantis limbata) on Creosote bush, Tucson, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Creosote Walking Stick (Diaphomera velii) young on Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)  -  Mark Moffett
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00129595 Creosote Walking Stick (Diaphomera velii) young on Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)© Mark Moffett
Crab Spider (Thomisidae) on Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) practices cannibalism  -  Mark Moffett
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00129602 Crab Spider (Thomisidae) on Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) practices cannibalism© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) leaves mimicked by Creosote Assassin Bugs as camouflage, newly discovered species  -  Mark Moffett
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00129597 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) leaves mimicked by Creosote Assassin Bugs as camouflage, newly discovered species© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with cricket  -  Mark Moffett
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00129605 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with cricket© Mark Moffett
Creosote Katydid (Insara covilleae) young on Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)  -  Mark Moffett
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00129608 Creosote Katydid (Insara covilleae) young on Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)© Mark Moffett
Creosote Katydid (Insara covilleae) on Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata)  -  Mark Moffett
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00129590 Creosote Katydid (Insara covilleae) on Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata)© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with grasshopper  -  Mark Moffett
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00129607 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with grasshopper© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush Grasshopper (Bootethix argentatus) with Creosote Fruit (Larrea tridentata)  -  Mark Moffett
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00129589 Creosote Bush Grasshopper (Bootethix argentatus) with Creosote Fruit (Larrea tridentata)© Mark Moffett
Katydid (Tettigoniidae) eating fruits and flowers of Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)  -  Mark Moffett
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00129606 Katydid (Tettigoniidae) eating fruits and flowers of Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)© Mark Moffett
Creosotebush Caterpillar (Semiothisa colorata) green-colored form matches surroundings and works as camouflage  -  Mark Moffett
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00129594 Creosotebush Caterpillar (Semiothisa colorata) green-colored form matches surroundings and works as camouflage© Mark Moffett
Creosotebush Caterpillar (Semiothisa colorata) light-colored form matches surroundings and works as camouflage  -  Mark Moffett
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00129593 Creosotebush Caterpillar (Semiothisa colorata) light-colored form matches surroundings and works as camouflage© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with Stink Bug  -  Mark Moffett
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00129599 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with Stink Bug© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with Creosote Weevil  -  Mark Moffett
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00129598 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with Creosote Weevil© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with bruchid beetle which acts as pollinator for the plant  -  Mark Moffett
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00129600 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with bruchid beetle which acts as pollinator for the plant© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with Creosote Cricket  -  Mark Moffett
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00129604 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with Creosote Cricket© Mark Moffett
Caddis Fly (Phryganeidae) on Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)  -  Mark Moffett
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00129603 Caddis Fly (Phryganeidae) on Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with creosote gall caused by fly  -  Mark Moffett
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00129601 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with creosote gall caused by fly© Mark Moffett
Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with Creosote Hopper  -  Mark Moffett
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00129596 Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata) with Creosote Hopper© Mark Moffett
Clicker Grasshopper (Ligurotettix coquilletti) in a typical position on Creosote trunk (Larrea tridentata)  -  Mark Moffett
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00129592 Clicker Grasshopper (Ligurotettix coquilletti) in a typical position on Creosote trunk (Larrea tridentata)© Mark Moffett
Clicker Grasshopper (Ligurotettix coquilletti) in a typical position on Creosote trunk (Larrea tridentata)  -  Mark Moffett
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00129591 Clicker Grasshopper (Ligurotettix coquilletti) in a typical position on Creosote trunk (Larrea tridentata)© Mark Moffett
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