These cute little ants were... doing something. Their males were taking off, so maybe they were throwing a party.
I see these small (like 5 mm) bluish beetles on flowers pretty frequently. This one was on a wallflower. Anyone know the family, at least?
This has got to be P. mucronata, right? It was growing right next to P. andromedifolia, and they looked really different.
I was so sure of this, but apparently the underside is meant to tomentose and not scaly, and this one was definitely scaly. So does that make it another frond of C. covillei, just not curled up?
This was one of the things I wanted to find out there, and I was surprised to find it was actually pretty common.
Took off before I could get a proper pic. Cool-looking, though.
Well, I guess it could be a thomisid. Anyone else have an opinion?
Beautiful, with more delicious bugs than he knew what to do with. I wish I had some kind of holster to help with the digiscoping.
These ants were huge, like 1 cm, but instead of doing something useful like, say, defending the colony, these seemed to just be fighting each other. Seemed like the goal of each fight was to rip the other one's antenna off. Anyone know what was going on here?
Cheilanthes covillei with Polypodium californicum mixed in.
I think. Lots of it, none in flower.
At least that's how I keyed it
Pretty runty little guys. I was looking for these the whole day but only found these degenerate specimens in a single spot.
One of the ubiquitous popcorn flowers
I never seem to remember the name of this stuff
Very pretty, metalic blue-green bee. Need to try and look it up...
Definitely not hairy like D. variegatum is supposed to be.
Nanus or bicolor
I want to call this patens too, but leaves are more fingerlike
Thought I knew this one but maybe not. This is where I got to with Ertter and Bowerman, who describe all individuals of this species on Mt. D as being "sordid white."