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October 30, 2014 12:28 AM PDT

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I suspect that this was picked up with a load of Marigolds from west Petaluma.

I didn't get it in my pictures, but the color has a dusting of purple over the dark sienna background.

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American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

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October 24, 2014 01:24 PM PDT

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Fleshy Russian Thistle Salsola soda

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October 13, 2014 12:29 AM PDT

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Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

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October 22, 2014 11:33 AM PDT

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

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October 21, 2014 03:22 PM PDT

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Several males pursued this female... but she wasn't having it. A better look shows that perhaps she's past needing to mate.

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October 21, 2014 02:28 PM PDT

Description

Great day for larvae on the creek trail: most of the stages(or instars if you will) were easily found.

I've always better luck finding these lovely caterpillars at the end of the season; a nice reminder that the fading California summer will soon brighten into our long spring.

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Western Goldenrod Euthamia occidentalis

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Date

October 20, 2014 03:32 PM PDT

Description

Lepidopterans seen on this 20 x 30 ft. patch today in a 20 minute visit: Purplish Coppers, Sandhill Skippers, Mylitta Crescents, Grey Hairstreaks, West Coast Ladies, Common Checkered Skippers, Buckeyes and Cabbage Whites.

Not to give the wrong impression of this neglected end of the creek path; as species elsewhere were quite sparse. This nice bit of goldenrod is a nectaring oasis on the several miles of trail west of Willowside Road. Elsewhere mustards, sow thistle, sweet fennel and wild radish predominate.

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October 21, 2014 03:07 PM PDT

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Harvestmen Order Opiliones

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October 21, 2014 03:11 PM PDT

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

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October 20, 2014 03:14 PM PDT

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These two seemed trying to reach an understanding; then lit side-by-side on adjacent blossoms-- I presume for a snack.

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Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

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October 20, 2014 03:29 PM PDT

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West Coast Lady Vanessa annabella

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October 20, 2014 03:37 PM PDT

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Seldom seen up here this year.

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Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides) Lycaena helloides

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October 20, 2014 03:06 PM PDT

Description

Male.

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Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides) Lycaena helloides

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October 20, 2014 03:11 PM PDT

Description

Female.

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Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti

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Date

October 20, 2014 03:16 PM PDT

Description

Male.

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Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti

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Date

October 20, 2014 03:16 PM PDT

Description

Dozens of these congregating on a small flower patch; along with buckeyes, west coast ladies, mylitta crescents, purplish coppers, grey hairstreaks and common checkered skippers.

Groups of 5-10 would form little mobs fluttering frantically in a tight radius for a good part of a minute before disbursing.

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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October 20, 2014

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Convergent Lady Beetle Hippodamia convergens

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October 20, 2014 02:30 PM PDT

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Gulf Fritillaries Agraulis vanillae

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Date

October 19, 2014 03:40 PM PDT

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Half a dozen insects--I include shots of 4-- circling a nice old passion vine. I'm guessing the second image is of a female( said to be paler), the first and third are males.

Found no larvae; but I'll be back to check.

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Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts Order Orthoptera

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October 18, 2014 03:51 PM PDT

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Eristalis arbustorum Genus Eristalis

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Date

October 16, 2014 11:43 AM PDT

Description

Joining the much larger European Hoverflies on the white zinnias were a few of these.

These deferred in every case to the nectaring fiery skippers and their larger cousins, darting about restlessly until a flower was free.

While their large cousins rocked up and down while feeding, these stood immobile on the flower.

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American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

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October 15, 2014 01:12 PM PDT

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October 15, 2014 01:07 PM PDT

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Tribe Eristalini Family Syrphidae

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October 15, 2014 12:58 AM PDT

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Genista Broom Moth Uresiphita reversalis

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October 14, 2014 02:42 PM PDT

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Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis

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October 14, 2014 02:38 PM PDT

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Western Pygmy Blue Brephidium exilis

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October 13, 2014 12:29 AM PDT

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American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

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October 13, 2014 09:51 AM PDT

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Spring Azure Celastrina argiolus

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October 13, 2014 09:21 AM PDT

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Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti

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Date

October 12, 2014 10:23 AM PDT

Description

A Sandhill Skipper? Never seen one up here; certainly harder to tell with older individuals...

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