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Gastroidea cyanea Gastrophysa cyanea

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April 15, 2011

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These are in the family Chrysomelidae.

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I'm pretty sure these are eggs of a Green Dock Beetle, Gastroidea cyanea.

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April 15, 2011

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I found these beetle larvae on Rumex leaves. I saw adult Green Dock Beetles and eggs today in the same area, so I am guessing these are Green Dock Beetle larvae, Gastroidea cyanea. If not it likely some other Chrysomelidae larvae.

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This one had a dark green metallic sheen.

Convinced it is a Heterosilpha, but can't distinguish whether it is H. ramosa or H. aenescens with just this photo as a record.

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Desert Stink Beetles Genus Eleodes

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Cicadas Family Cicadidae

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As I walked through Moore Creek Preserve today I wondered if there might have been two species of cicadas present. I heard two distinct calls.

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I can report that here are at least three species of Hordeums growing in Moore Creek Preserve thanks to Steve Gerow's assistance. Two are introduced species, and one a native. They are, from top to bottom: H. murinum, H. marinum and Hordeum brachyantherum.

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Purple Needle Grass Nassella pulchra

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It was good to see a fair amount of this grass in Moore Creek Preserve. Looking at patches of it from a distance, the purple really stood out from the surrounding green.

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Smaller than the similar Farmer's Barley, Hordeum murinum. In my older books Mediterranean Barley, H. marinum seems to have been H. hystrix.

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I'm not sure what species this one is.

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California oatgrass Danthonia californica

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dwarf orthocarpus Triphysaria pusilla

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Growing in footpath. Formerly called Orthocarpus pusillus.

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Broomrape Family Family Orobanchaceae

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dwarf brodiaea Brodiaea terrestris

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April 15, 2011

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This flower looks just like one of those in the clusters I'm familiar with in Brodiaeas. I have never seen a single blossom like this so close to the ground.

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redmaids Calandrinia ciliata

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Gall

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A large gall on stem of Quercus agrifolia. It felt hollow.

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A smaller, daintier Equisetum than I usually encounter.

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L. lewisii?

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redmaids Calandrinia ciliata

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Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

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April 15, 2011

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Heard many in wooded ravines with Coast Live Oak.

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Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

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forget-me-not Genus Myosotis

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Not sure if the common intorduced species in shady woodlands is M. latifolia or M. sylvatica.

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