In quiet water 10 meters downstream of concrete crossing. About four inches long. Left pincher smaller than right and partly deformed in regeneration of new claw. Dark brown in color with dark orange undersides and claws. Not a good photo but the best I could do.
Discovered under a decaying log. Six inches long. Last inch of tail lighter in color and without spots suggesting regeneration of that section of the tail. Gave out a slight "squeak" when first handled. Have heard this before from previous encounters.
Disholcaspis prehensa (Russo) Found on trail 15 associated with Q. durata. Also found black ants 'protecting' these honey dew producing galls.
Disholcaspis plumbella, (Russo). Trail 15 associated with Q. durata Great colors slowly fading. Often at tip end of branch.
Photo two shows the exit hole from a previous year's gall. The chamber is now filled with frass.
common under rocks and logs. 2 to 3 inches long, very small legs. Lungless so breathes through its skin.
I found this under the bark of a fallen Oak branch. Because of the cool temp it was not very active.
This wingless yellowjacket was under the bark of a downed oak tree. I believe it is an overwintering queen. Either the Vespula group or Dolichovespula arenaria. As I look closer the wings are folded down and under the body. I needed the original photo to spot them.
SAME creature different view
While out in the garden today I observed a struggle of life and death. A millipede,Tylobolus claremontus(?), was being attacked by another creature as shown above. I was unsure which was attacking which until I separated the two and the black and yellow attacker searched for the millipede again and essentially grabbed it by the throat and then wrapped its body around the head. I separated them again, this time leaving the predator near the tail of the millipede. The
predator searched briefly and then crawled along the entire length of its prey and again attacked the head area.
This was my second millipede of the day, having spotted a yellow-spotted millipede, Harpaphe haydeniana, while at Huddart Park with a group of kids from East Palo Alto.
The death scene must have lasted at least ten minutes, certainly time to get the camera and to interject myself into this life and death struggle. While my instinct was to free the millipede from the death threat, I felt that life must go on and that at times we must not interfere with the natural
flow of nature and allow things to come to their natural conclusion. What I observed was the female larviform of the adult phase of the Railroad Beetle. Males develop into beetle form but the females remain in larviform
Blue, Fin-backed, Hump-backed, Sei, Little piked
All of the above whales are Baleen whales and thus are candidates for the fossilized rib bone found at Sunset Beach, Point Reyes National Park, (Summer, 2002). According to Doug Long at the California Academy of Sciences, you would need a piece of the skull to determine which family.
These bones originate in the Purisima Formation which runs from just north of Pt. Reyes south to Santa Cruz and Aptos. This formation dates from seven to nine million years before present. Considering that formation is on the west side of the San Andreas Fault and fault movement averages two inches a year, this whale died somewhere near the present location of San Luis Obispo.
I was off trail walking through tall grass when I spotted the snake.
Out past Pierce Ranch
along the creek trail. It was headed towards the creek
Near the airport
During a very high tide in 1990
Along the walkway behind the Interpretive Center
Along levee out towards the airport
Nesting season at the Duck pond in the palms
Out near the outflow from the treatment plant
Mayfield Slough. The day before there were at least 50 collectively feeding; moving from one side to the other of the slough in a line of at least 15 herding the fish before all feeding at the same time. Had observed similar cooperative feeding of pelicans in Africa only there it was done as a circle
Normally see them along the tule stands along San Antonio Slough or in the large depression nearest the parking lot
San Diego Zoo. I couldn't resist the sun hat opportunity
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada with the California Academy of Sciences. A fantastic adventure among gathering polar bears who were waiting for the ice to form for the winter. Also saw lots of Arctic Fox and Snowy Owl
Top of Trail 9
Out in the serpentine grasslands mating
Top of trail 9, again on Q durata. Appeared to be from last year in that they were all dried up. Opened one and found dry powder.
Trail 9 hidden behind ceanothus