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Genus Cibdelis Genus Cibdelis

Observer

kueda

Date

March 8, 2008 12:42 PM PST

Description

Gah, flash! Just wanted to look it up. Later...

Many thanks to Kojun Kanda on BugGuide for ID help: http://bugguide.net/node/view/624195

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Spiders Order Araneae

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2008 05:07 PM PDT

Description

Continuing my ongoing series tentatively titled "Awful Pictures of Holes in the Ground," here's a trapdoor spider's trapdoor! Ok, I had a better picture of the door itself, but if you look closely here, I think you'll see a leg! Sadly, I hadn't noticed the leg when I took the picture. I was a little too busy congratulating myself on actually finding the damn door, which was only about 5 mm in diameter and looking pretty much identical to the rest of the mossy embankment it was in.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 1, 2008 05:33 PM PST

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Desert Stink Beetles Genus Eleodes

Observer

kueda

Date

March 1, 2008 05:54 PM PST

Description

Vader never threatened anyone with his rear, though. To my knowledge.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2008 03:55 PM PDT

Description

I think this is some kind of assassin bug nymph (Reduviidae), but I'm not sure. About 1 cm long, found under a rock in a grassy meadow, near San Ramon, CA.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2008 04:50 PM PDT

Description

Another plant I should really nail down. I guess this is Fremont's camas (Zigadenus fremontii), what with its loose spike and pointed petals, but I'm not 100%.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008 10:21 AM PDT

Description

Lots of this stuff growing along the roadsides. Nate has some nice shots of the whole plant.

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kueda

Date

March 27, 2008 06:33 PM PDT

Description

Sizable little man, under a rock around 4000 ft. Web was a bit chaotic, and it had just molted. Signs that it's Kukulcania: deep foveal groove, eyes clustered at center. Apparently males have these crazy long legs and palps.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008 02:10 PM PDT

Description

Araneidae? Jesus, so bad... Metepeira, perhaps? This was about 0.5 - 1.0 cm in total body length. Observed in Death Valley at Salt Creek.

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Yellow-Backed Spiny Lizard Sceloporus magister [inactive]

Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008 04:15 PM PDT

Description

This guy was kind of gigantic, and was, in fact, chowing down when I caught him (he barfed up a grub).

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Salt Creek pupfish Cyprinodon salinus ssp. salinus

Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008 02:12 PM PDT

Description

These little fish were amazing. Note only do they live in this one salty creek in the middle of Death Valley, but they're bright, colorful, and super territorial. Too bad this was the best shot I got.

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Western Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris) Aspidoscelis tigris

Observer

kueda

Date

March 29, 2008 11:49 AM PDT

Description

Delicious grubs... Looks like I never figured out which species this is.

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Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) Anaxyrus boreas

Observer

kueda

Date

March 29, 2008 11:26 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

We were pretty surprised to find toads at the base of Darwin Falls. Possibly a remote population of Bufo boreas? Needs a little more research...

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008 10:21 AM PDT

Description

Pretty sure this is Phacelia crenulata Can anyone confirm from this photo? Observed on a roadside in Death Valley. Each flower was about 1 cm in diameter.

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gravel ghost Atrichoseris platyphylla

Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008 10:21 AM PDT

Description

I'm pretty positive this is Atrichoseris platyphylla. Gravel ghost is by far the coolest common name, and I don't know why anyone would use anything else after hearing it. Growing on the roadside in the wash, big long leafless stem with whorls of spiky-edged, mottled leaves at the base.

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Indian Paintbrushes Genus Castilleja

Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008 05:31 PM PDT

Description

There are lots of paintbrushes, so I'm not even going to begin to sort out which one this is. Pretty, though.

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Browneyes (Chylismia claviformis) Chylismia claviformis

Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008 07:35 AM PDT

Description

Looks a lot like the example of Camissonia brevipes in the desert flower guide I bought (Flowers and Shrubs of the Mojave Desert, by Bowers). It has the rounded stigma, it's in the right place, but it doesn't have the pinnate leaves described in the Peterson's guide. Then again, the Peterson's has proven itself to be kind of crap in the past.... Flower was no more than 2-3 cm in diameter, observed near the Emigrant campsite in Death Valley National Park, situated in a gravelly wash.

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Henderson's shooting star Dodecatheon hendersonii

Observer

kueda

Date

March 1, 2008 06:36 PM PST

Description

My first shooting stars of the Spring!

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Observer

kueda

Date

March 1, 2008 01:51 PM PST

Description

The were several of these seeking shelter among a neighbor's shrubbery today, alternately sunning themselves and getting blown about in the wind. My guide says they're a southern species that merely streays northward, but this is the second time I've seen them in the urban East Bay, so I begin to doubt...

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Fairy-slipper Calypso bulbosa

Observer

kueda

Date

March 16, 2008 03:02 PM PDT

Description

Went to look for mushrooms with n8 and benketaro today. We were surprisingly successful in the mushroom department, but I didn't get much in the photo department. Black earth tongue is really godamn hard to photograph. This Calypso orchid turned out nicely, though.

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Joshua tree Yucca brevifolia var. brevifolia

Observer

kueda

Date

March 29, 2008

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Zebra-tailed Lizard Callisaurus draconoides

Observer

kueda

Date

March 29, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

Radical eyelids! Many thanks to n8 for letting me borrow his 200 mm lens.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 29, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

One of the few spiders I collected (on BLM land, where it's legal). I just got it under the scope today which helped me make the ID. I'm not sure I could have done it in the field, though the curved tibiae are pretty distinctive.

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Zebra-tailed Lizard Callisaurus draconoides

Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2008

Description

Zebra-tailed Lizards are so awesome. Long toes, crazy tails, insanely fast.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 27, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

Super cool little spider that uses tiny hairs to attach sand to itself for camouflage. Also, not being able to add inverts is really beginning to bug me (ahyur). I need to fix that...

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Lupines Genus Lupinus

Observer

kueda

Date

March 24, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

Not sure what species this is, but it had these really cool projections from the flowers.

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hillside gooseberry Ribes californicum

Observer

kueda

Date

March 11, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

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What

Brown House Spider Badumna longinqua

Observer

kueda

Date

March 25, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

Possible in the family Desidae, but I'm not sure. Plenty of these in the amaryllis (?) in the median outside of Cheeseboard. Somewhat tangled, ladder-like webs, with retreats. I collected it for my spider biology class.

Update: Turns out it was a desid, and there's only one in the area. Noice! Also, I think there's a spelling error in my spider manual...

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 24, 2008

Description

I need to figure out how to distinguish the White-tailed Kite from the lighter male Northern Harriers. This one had tapered wings and seemed slim overall, so I figured it was a kite, but another guy out there seemed to think it was a Harrier.

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Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasps Genus Ophion

Observer

kueda

Date

March 17, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Description

I found this wasp near a light on my house. The light was surrounded by araneid orb weavers (probably Araneus). Once the wasp got somewhat stuck, and the spider shot out to nab it, but being rather large and heavy, the wasp fell out of the web in the nick of time. This guy was pretty chunky, maybe 2-3 cm from head to the end of the abdomen.

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