One of the drought survivors.
A few of the plants sport a branch or two with these little rosettes of crimson leaves.
Other plants have typical leaf gall aphid deformities; similar in hue but seeming something different.
Does anyone know what this might be?
Saw a few of these around the goldenbush that seemed about the only nectar source... picking off bees.
I've always thought of these as benign fellow-travellers on this Monarch Host; but here they are feasting on a crysalid...
I suppose they are just opportunistically drinking the fluids exuding from a defunct butterfly. Anyone else seen this?
The meadow bordering Santa Rosa Creek was full of these very large dragonflies in perpetual flight.
My impression was that they were probably green darners...
Small fly, less than 10mm.
Extensive stands of this where the drying marsh has receded.
Never seemed to land; this is the best I could get.
On the street in front of King's Nursery.
This one not interested in Teasel...
Growing in a frequented spot; probably not deliberately planted.