Very large clumps just below the dam. On dead either alder or cottonwood
Woodrat found this morning in a storage area under the house. We often have creatures attempting to live there, thus I normally have traps in the area. This one was not in a trap, having died last night for the body was still fairly flexible of unknown causes. Love the coloration.
Knocked down a nest while cleaning up after Halloween. Still had five adults at the nest but no larva. Nest about 3 inches across. Introduced to N.A in 1968. Becoming a pest in central California interior and more recently in the SF Bay Area. My first found nest of this paper wasp. Mostly orange antennae a give-a-way for ID.
Saucer Gall Wasp
FLOOD ZONE OF THE LAKE.
sunning itself in a pile of granite rocks
7 - 8 " long; 1/8" diameter; striped; spade-like head; very active; left trail like a slug or snail. Found on a log at a school garden project.
Sierra Foothills at about 2500'. Many, many acorns this year. Leaves either toothed and smooth at margins. Leaves much longer than Q. agrifolia and not as cupped
Unknown tree near the backside of Tower Court. It was very large, height nearly 50', spread 40'. I don't remember what the bark looked like.
Identification confirmed by botanist at Wellesley College. A native tree to the region.