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Metallic Green Bees Genus Agapostemon

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August 26, 2016 12:03 PM PDT

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Large Milkweed Bug Oncopeltus fasciatus

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August 23, 2016 06:10 PM PDT

Description

Nymph on a pod of Showy Milkweed.

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Northern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. oreganus

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August 22, 2016 03:55 PM PDT

Description

Beautiful young snake; about 12".

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Click Beetles Family Elateridae

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August 15, 2016 01:18 PM PDT

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European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula

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August 15, 2016 02:13 PM PDT

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Blue Mud Dauber Chalybion californicum

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August 16, 2016 10:51 AM PDT

Description

I've never been able to get a good shot of these very shiny blue-black creatures; and these today aren't really what I'd hoped.
This individual was energetically digging into the loose soil here and there; at times entirely disappearing , then emerging to try another spot.
I believe it's a Blue Mud Dauber.

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turpentine weed Trichostema laxum

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August 16, 2016 11:01 AM PDT

Description

In the last two weeks the dry bottom of this small seasonal pond has been filled with a nearly confluent growth of this pungent herb: a nice surprise for the repeat visitor... A few plants showed a nice pink variation.

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Great Basin Wood-Nymph Cercyonis sthenele

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August 12, 2016 11:03 AM PDT

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I should hesitate to make this call on this smallish Cercyonis, as C.sthenele is not much seen here--although it is listed on our counties' check list. But the field markings are right, so here goes...

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Scudder's Bush Katydids Genus Scudderia

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August 12, 2016 11:14 AM PDT

Description

All the ones I saw in the adjacent drying meadow were green; perhaps there were others I failed to spot...http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3870210

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3858990

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Scudder's Bush Katydids Genus Scudderia

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August 12, 2016 11:51 AM PDT

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Male. Compare with:http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3858990

This nice meadow is rich in Katydids this week!

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Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis

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August 12, 2016 11:28 AM PDT

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Mylitta Crescent Phyciodes mylitta

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August 9, 2016 12:03 PM PDT

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California Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor ssp. hirsuta

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August 9, 2016 12:17 PM PDT

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Scudder's Bush Katydids Genus Scudderia

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August 9, 2016 11:45 AM PDT

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Female.

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Hooked Slippersnail Crepidula adunca

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February 5, 2013 03:07 AM PST

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Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus

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August 5, 2016 04:34 PM PDT

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Fitch's tarweed Centromadia fitchii

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August 5, 2016 04:32 PM PDT

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Spotted Buff Gem Moth Heliothis phloxiphaga

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August 5, 2016 05:13 PM PDT

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August 2, 2016 03:14 PM PDT

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August 2, 2016 11:24 AM PDT

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Sand Wasps Genus Bembix

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August 2, 2016 11:14 AM PDT

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August 2, 2016 11:31 AM PDT

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Much smaller than:http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3794783

Different species? Sexually dimorphic? There were a lot of the smaller Pepsis, saw only a few of the giants.

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August 2, 2016 11:10 AM PDT

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Lots of Tarantula Hawks today; these visiting virtually very clump of narrow leaf milkweed I passed. Some of these were much bigger than the rest, and sported orange antennae.... made me wonder if there were two species.
In the last two images, the creature suddenly looked up at me( seemed to be looking at me) and straightened out it's antennae dramatically. Wonder why: would such a nightmare creature need a warning display?

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Seaside Heliotrope Heliotropium curassavicum

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August 2, 2016 01:42 PM PDT

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hollyleaf redberry Rhamnus ilicifolia

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August 2, 2016 10:17 AM PDT

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Painted Tiger Moth Arachnis picta

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August 2, 2016 10:40 AM PDT

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Hillside broomrape Orobanche vallicola

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August 2, 2016 10:06 AM PDT

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Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii

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August 2, 2016 09:51 AM PDT

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Woodland Skipper Ochlodes sylvanoides

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July 30, 2016 11:25 AM PDT

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California Grass-veneer Moth Euchromius californicalis

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July 30, 2016 10:42 AM PDT

Description

Many of these flying on the hillside. I think it may be:http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=5455&state=CA

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