I am on a multi-year quest to collect as many of the North American Ammophila species as possible in order to extract their DNA and, in collaboration with Phil Ward, build a molecular phylogeny for the genus using phylogenomics methods.

Dan Sandri took all of these photos:

Ammophila pruinosa male on Larrea tridentata


Inflated beetle Cysteodemus armatus M

Ammophila pruinosa male March 22, 202





Cucurbita palmata fruit Mojave Desert