• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard


    National Monument New Mexico

Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes

tarantula hawk

Although tarantula hawks utilize immobilized tarantulas as a first meal for their offspring, pollen from flowers is also an important food.

NPS Photo by Sally King

In the world there is no group of animals more diverse than insects and the same is true at Bandelier. From the beauty of a gossamer- winged butterfly to a hairy multi-legged tarantula or a sleek orange-winged tarantula hawk, insects are abundant in the park.

Indentify Bandelier Insects and Spiders

insect diversity
Bandelier is home to an incredible diversity of insects and spiders.
Photos by Sally King

Did You Know?

Aspen fall color

All the aspens in a cluster will change colors at approximately the same time. That's because in a grouping of aspens, most are clones that grew as root sprouts from the original plant.