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Megalorchestia californiana (California beach hopper)

photo of California beach hopper
Copyright © 2006 Mary Jo Adams

 

Brightly 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.

 

 

photo of California beach hoppers