Growing near Alameda Creek on sand bar , downstream from HQ. Most flowers were spent .
large yellow butterfly caught my eye in my yard in a riparian valley in Inverness, CA. Elev. about 50 feet, doug firs and a few planted redwoods are the dominant canopy, with alders, large coast live oaks, bays, and some plum trees along the streams and yards. Female dogface stopped to take nectar at some planted penstemons - about 4 or 5 minutes, then she left. This is the only dogface I've seen in my yard in almost 9 years.
This butterfly was seen in the riparian zone at a little below blufftop. It is perching here on a metal handrail used for descent closer to the falls area.
A considerable number of Coyote brush plants are seen in this locale amid a chaparral habitat. Some are coming into bud, as is this specimen. Image four is through a microscope, looking at the bud tips at magnification 20x.