Category Archives: Wilderness

Stink Beetles!!

I wanted to call this post stink bugs, because that is what Eleodes sp. beetles are called here in Idaho. Kelly’s pet peeve is that anyone would call a tenebrionid beetle a stink bug, especially when stink bug obviously refers to the (the greatest insects ever Kelly says) Pentatomidae (duh!). The cool thing is that when you disturb these beetles they put their butts in the air waft foul odors to prove they are distasteful  the coolest thing is that grasshopper mice grab the stink beetles, shove their butts into the ground, and eat them from the head first – when you are finding just a bunch of teneb. butts you know you are in grasshopper mouse country! I have been waiting for Triplehorn’s big red book of Eleodes knowledge (for all of North America) – I hope it shows up soon!

Anyway I saw my first Eleodes of the year while backpacking in the Salmon Falls Creek Wilderness Study Area with Kelly this weekend, there is a photo of this event below. Regis (the dog) got stunked by one too (and he smells awful).

This was a small Eleodes beetle running through our campsite (Salmon Falls Creek, 16 March 2013). I had one lucky shot with a point and shoot camera!

This was a small Eleodes beetle running through our campsite (Salmon Falls Creek, 16 March 2013). I had one lucky shot with a point and shoot camera!

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The value of wilderness

As I was leaving work today, I poked into the GIS lair: “Have a good weekend, Michael! See you Monday.”

CRMO2“Aren’t you coming into work tomorrow?”

“Why would I come in on Saturday?”

“Kent, Today is Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday…”, Michael explained.

“Heck!” (But I didn’t say heck)

One of the biggest values of wilderness, is I can go there anytime. Even if someone added an extra day to my work week, I can still close my eyes and relive time in the wilderness. This is why if you have never been, you must go. Humans require this. You need to know about the way the stars look at night, spend an afternoon watching the sun move across a canyon wall, know how good water tastes when it is fresh and you are thirsty, you need to know rain is cleansing. Wilderness gets inside you, it is part of you and if you are lucky, you are part of it.

The first step in scientific inquiry is observation, wilderness can teach you to see. Wilderness can awaken all your senses. Wilderness can make you alive. To receive these benefits,  it is up to you to make the first step. You must go there – even if it is only in your mind.