A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

What Are These?

 I discovered these markers down here by Roadrunner long ago.  I just assumed they were left overs from some military training camp back during the days of WW2.  Each has EPNG and ROW on them and there are dozens laid out in a grid fashion.  I tried looking it up but all I came up with for EPNG was El Paso Natural Gas.  I was hoping for something more interesting than that.  Maybe some of you are better Internet sleuths than I.  Ignore the pipe near the post as this post just happened to have a geographical survey marker next to it.


Next up, this beautiful beetle crawled up on my flip-flop as I was sitting outside enjoying the day.

He hung around for a long time after I set my shoe up on the table.  Eventually he just sat there on the edge for over fifteen minutes not moving an antenna nor feeler.
I guess he was taking a nap.
I used to know my bugs pretty well a long time ago but sort of lost it since then.
Know what it is?



John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A bit of internet searching reveals the beetle is a Desert Blister Beetle. Something like Research Oil Well??? That's just a wild guess.

Anonymous said...

I found something on Google that calls that a fire-colored beetle. I like desert blister better.

Anonymous said...

Right of Way. Should have remembered that from my own experience with pipelines.

John W. Wall said...


"You have a chance around Phoenix, Arizona to see one of the biggest and fanciest blister beetles anywhere. This species goes by the scientific name of Lytta magister but has also been called the “master blister beetle,” most likely in honor of its large size. These beetles can grow up to a couple of inches long and be very colorful, a nice mix of deep black and bright red-orange. If you do find it, odds are it will be in the springtime when the brittlebush, a very common desert shrub, is flowering. Often a single bush will temporarily be home to a small band of the beetles, several dozen of which may dangle from the flower stalks of the plant."

Shammickite said...

Blister beetle, better not pick him up and give him a hug, he won't like it and neither will you!
And that's a Right of Way marker..... I worked in the pipeline industry for many years.

Shammickite said...

I found that web site too. These blister beetles don't sound like I want to pick one up!