Megalorchestia californiana (California beach hopper)
2006 Mary Jo Adams
colored antennae that exceed the body length of this large beach
hopper make it easy to identify. The antennae are red-orange
and body length may reach 1 1/8 th inch. This species spends
daylight hours concealed under piles of wrack or burrowed into the
sand, coming out at night to feed on washed up seaweed. A
good time to find it is very early in the morning as it moves back
up the beach to its place of refuge. Look for it on sandy
beaches of the outer coast. It is occasionally spotted on
beaches in the northern Puget Sound area.
This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 1/17/06.