A distinctive set of eroded Navajo sandstone dunes tucked away in southwestern Utah are known for their unique pink color and an endangered tiger beetle… the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. They are just north of the Arizona Strip near Kanab, Utah.
One of the rarest insects in the United States is the Pink Coral Tiger Beetle. It is threatened with extinction. It lives in a tiny area less than 500 acres that is split between two protected conservation areas. They are located entirely within the dunes.
Discovered in 1996, there have been as few as 600 beetles in the total world population.
The beetle is not pink. It has a greenish multicolored head and white markings. It spends most of the time burrowed underground. It comes out only from mid-April until June to breed.
Except where credited, these images were all shot near sunset on August 25th, 2012.
Moisture supporting plant growth comes mostly from winter snows and monsoon rains.
I caught this last view of the Pink Coral Sand Dune’s visitor center in January of 2010…