Questions for a Biologist

A number (12) of little orange ant looking things were walking about on my cactus one May day in 2007.  Surprised at the sight of these new critters I photographed them in hopes that someday someone would tell me what they were.

Just this weekend a biologist friend of mine “JD” visited and I finally got to pull a file photo of the buggers that I found roaming about.  He didn’t know what they were.  Sadly.  He suggested using, but I looked unsuccessfully.  So here I am now asking The Internet for answers to a long standing question of mine.  What kind of little buggies are these?

The extent of my description: Six legs, Color: translucent orange, small spikes on the thorax, long antenne, highly aware of photographer as they moved to the opposite side of the cactus when I was photographing them.

-a short movie of the insects-

To JD’s credit, we showed him a picture of a beautiful flower we saw yesterday along the road, and he identified it rapidly and once again fully impressed us.  Hoorah!

That’s a “Passion Flower.” and there you have it.

passiflora incarnata – is a naturally grown medicinal herb, approved by the German Commission E in the treatment of insomnia and nervousness. It is also used as a sedative in nervous disorders (including gastrointestinal complaints of nervous origin), difficulties in sleeping, and anxiety or restlessness. Passion Flower reduces spasms and depresses the central nervous system.

GC23M12: Rocks & Spikes – California

Sitting at a comfortable 26 cache finds in three states of the union we felt it really was time to start contributing.

So we crafted a little ‘box’ of sorts out of some scrap redwood that we had sitting in the basement.  Sanded a little plug out of some other redwood and rolled up a log sheet and popped it in.  All together it took about six minutes.  Easy as pie!

Then Kira got home from work and we went on an exploratory walk of the neighborhood in order to find the perfect first hiding spot.  Someplace we’d like others to see because we’ve received joy from it too.  And.. that’s the sun set.  We hope you enjoy this find.

Here it is online @


Find it on your own with the coordinates:

N 37° 51.971 W 122° 14.644


And Of Course, Here’s A Spoiler Photo