This photo shows a female adult of Microdera punctipennis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) laying eggs in sand. The desert beetle is an endemic species with high cold tolerance in Gurbantünggüt Desert. Transcriptomic analysis of M. punctipennis (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in response to short-term cold stress was reported in this issue (pp. 581-591). This photo was taken by WANG Yan at Xinjiang University, Urumqi, Xinjiang, in May, 2009.