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.
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.
Alas, my photos are so bad I don't expect anyone will be able to ID this beetle found in a California Poppy. I've read that prior to the introduction of honey bees, Eschscholzia were predominantly pollinated by beetles. This pollen covered insect looked like he was ready to do just that.
These are in the family Chrysomelidae.
Not sure if the common intorduced species in shady woodlands is M. latifolia or M. sylvatica.
Growing in footpath. Formerly called Orthocarpus pusillus.
Widespread throughout grassland.
Heard many in wooded ravines with Coast Live Oak.
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.
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.