After seeing several different egg cases in recent years, I finally saw a mantis!
Length of body from head to tip of abdomen estimated very roughly at 4 cm.
Wingless, so I assume not yet an adult.
Flowering plant growing in a crevice on the South Summit of Matthes Crest, visited by a small black and white bumblebee, and another flying insect pollinator, while I watched. This plant species was fairly common in rock crevices near Matthes Crest.
American pika. Saw and photographed to individuals, and heard others give warning calls, at a meadow-talus interface on below the west wall of Matthes Crest (near a creek that appears to flow downhill to Echo Lake). After I watched for a few minutes, one relaxed enough to collect grasses.
A small orange butterfly seen in a subalpine meadow above Tuolumne Meadows, a bit south of Cathedral Peak.
Butterfly near Cody Lake
Butterfly on horse dung
Butterfly outside Mystery Cave, Minnesota
I've been hearing cicadas singing in residential neighborhood non-native trees the late morning to afternoon for the last few weeks: late May to early June.
One type of record of wildlife record tracked extensively by the rock climbing community is nesting sites of protected bird species and associated area closures by land managers.
While not a research grade observation, this still contributes a record of a professionally vetted (by wildlife specialists at this California State Park, in this case) observation of the nesting species.
This is for this spring's closure of parts of Auburn Quarry's upper canyons to protect nesting peregrine falcons.
The first woodpecker I've seen in this neighborhood, though I've heard them many times.
Dicot with clusters of four-petaled yellow flowers growing on top. Green leaves are very narrow, growing in opposite pairs spaced well apart. Stem is reddish with a sparse pale hairs. Habitat is an unwooded west-facing rocky slope near the top of a hill, in the middle elevations of the northern Sierra Nevada. Neighboring plants were huckleberry oak and pine mat manzanita.
An optimistic ant
A diurnal moth
My first sighting of a mountain hare (as opposed to cottontail) was next to Strawberry Lodge.
Dicot with single white five-petalled flower and toothy edged leaves of three. Grew in a creek side habitat, and on shady north facing slopes.
Four white, pale purple veined, petals on the clustered flowers of this dicot. Leaves are smooth edged, entire I believe is the botanical term? Grew in a creek side habitat, and on shady north facing slopes.
Insect pollinating manzanita
A all black, medium sized, ant wandering along tree bark
A more complex fronded fern
Another gang of beetles, eight on this flower (another invasive dandelion or sow thistle?). Spring is in the air!