In a small section of Kern County, outside the city of Bakersfield, a dirt ridge rises above the farmland. It’s home to a couple of cell towers, an orchard, and a creature that we didn’t know was there up until the last 25 years. In fact, it's by chance that this animal is no longer flying under scientists’ radar.
The first scientist to identify it was Greg Ballmer, a retired entomologist.
In 1997, Ballmer was driving down Highway 99, just south of Bakersfield,