Brownie thistle, a native perennial
Coastal subspecies, prostrate. Males showing color
Dead, found like this
not 100% sure of ID. possible Speyeria zerene puntareyes, but nectaring on Monardella
Confirmed with Doreen Smith, Marin County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, on the variation of this species.
This black moth was found dead along Lagunitas Creek,
Fledglings takin short flights from nests in Clem Miller Ed Center patio roof