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Jerusalem cricket Stenopelmatus fuscus

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brittain_riley_5

Date

March 17, 2012

Description

This cricket was found in the weeds and rocks. The body was very thick and baout 1 inch in length. The legs were longer on this cricket. The color was a kind of glossy burnt brown color with some black on it.

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Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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brittain_riley_5

Date

May 19, 2012

Description

This bee has a somewhat furry look to it.It was yellow and black, but not a super bright yellow. it was small and it flew around very quickly. the wings were not huge and thick either. I found this on a flower.

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Field Cricket Gryllus campestris

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

May 12, 2012

Description

This cricket was a very deep black. It leaped very quick and short hops to get around quickly. The legs were very thin. The body was about almost an inch in length and about 1/2 an inch in width. The bug was a small creature. I found it in the scrub.

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

March 15, 2012

Description

This butterfly was a tan color with black spots spread far around it on the outer part of the wings. It was found resting on a huge bush. The wingspan was about 3 inches and the length was about 2 3/4 inches. This butterfly flew very fast and all over the place not just in a straight line.

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Common Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

May 12, 2012

Description

This flower was found in the grass. The stem was as dark as the grass was. The flower, about 1 inch in diamerter, had not definite pedals but little stubs as the pedals. They were a bright mustard yellow. These flowers are everywhere you usually look in the grass.

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brittain_riley_5

Date

May 4, 2012

Description

Th lizard was short and smooth. The tail was about 2 inches and the head body was about 2 1/2 inches. There was different tints of brown and green all through it. It blended in with the rock it was on. Its legs were very short which helped it run very quickly. The skin was also starting to shed.

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red maids Calandrinia ciliata

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 29, 2012

Description

The flower was a purple/magenta color. It had 5 definate pedals to it, with yellow in the middle of it. The flower was small and found in an area of green leaves and vines and shrub. The flower was about 1 inch in diameter.

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lemon Citrus limon

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 29, 2012

Description

The tree itself was about 12 feet tall. The leaves were 2 1/2 inches long hanging from brancjes and limbs that were very green along with the leaves. everything was green, until the lemon. The lemon was a very bright yellow and they were all different sizes and shape most averaged about 2 inches long and wide maybe 1 1/2 inches in width. There were many lemons on the tree.

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Leopard Slug Limax maximus

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 25, 2012

Description

The slug was very slimy. It was brown with light brown speckles oll over it. The bottom of the slug was a whitish/yellow color. It did not move at all when I was observing it. it was about 1 inch in length and 1/2 in width. I found it in the rocks.

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irises Genus Iris

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 24, 2012

Description

There were pedals a pastel yellow in the middle that were small, and the outer pedals were a more bright yellow. They were also very soft and smooth. The stem was a light green and about 1 1/2 feet tall.

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agapanthus Genus Agapanthus

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 24, 2012

Description

The stem is very lime green and about 2 1/2 feelt long leading down a big full bush of large long green leaves about 1 foot. at the top of stem there are tons of lavender colored long flowers about 1 inch long.

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California Poppy Eschscholzia californica

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 24, 2012

Description

The stem was very smoth with grey-greenish coloring. The whole plant itself was about 1 foot tall. The leaves were vibrant orange and had four pedals.

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Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) Zantedeschia aethiopica

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 24, 2012

Description

The flower itself was very white, with yellowish insides. The stem was a light green and was very stiff yet sort of squishy. And it was in dark soil.

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pacific plum Prunus subcordata

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 24, 2012

Description

It isnt blooming right now. But the leaves are a burgandy red color. They feel thin and flimsy. The branches and trunk are brown. The stems and branches are stiff and there are many leaves on each limb. When it blooms it has white flowers all over it with hints of pink. they are small flowers and there are also plums that grow on it.

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Field Cricket Gryllus campestris

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 17, 2012

Description

The color is a very dark balck. It is about 1 inch long and about 3/4 inches wide. The atenas are about 1/2 inches long. It was found in a field on a rock. It hops very fast and had trouble catching it.

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Earthworm Komarekiona eatoni

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 17, 2012

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Description

It was slimy, which made it look shiny when the sun hit it. The colors were very bark brown, with tan and pink ran through it. One side of it was a very peraly color.

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charlock Sinapis arvensis

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 17, 2012

Description

This was found near roadside in a open field. The Charlock was about 3 feet tall. It was a very vibrant yellow color, that is very eye catching. It had stiff green stem. The leaves were egg-shaped and about 1 1/2 inch long and 1 inch wide. Each flower had 4 sepals to it.

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racoons and allies Family Procyonidae

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 17, 2012

Description

The print was found in very wet mud. It was about 2 1/2 inches in width and about 1 1/2 inches long. It was the front foot of a racoon. There was also a pathway leading up to this print through the high grass about a little less than a foot wide, that a racoon would beable to fit through.

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Seven-spotted ladybird Coccinella septempunctata

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 19, 2012

Description

There was exactly seven black spots scattered on the red-orange colored elytra. The shape was hemispherical/ oval shaped. Length was one 1 1/2 cm. It had a small head with short black legs. It was able to attach itself to a leave with without the leave moving at all, concluding it is VERY light. It crawled very qucikly.
I found it in the grass and crawling over weeds and leaves.

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

brittain_riley_5

Date

April 20, 2012

Description

The Lizard was very friendly.
It was about 4 inches in lenght. Found in plants and bushes. The skin was very silk and smooth. The dorsal had greens and browns and whites on it. and the stomach had very royal blue sides that surronded by black and green. the tail was ABOUT 2.5 inches. the lizard moved very quickly while the tail moved back and forth and the legs and feet moved fast also.

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