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What

longhorn seablush Plectritis macrocera

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kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 02:38 PM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 01:15 PM PDT

Description

This stuff is all over Mt. D, but it's a real charmer if you look close enough.

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kueda

Date

March 28, 2010 02:08 PM PDT

Description

Was hoping for more sharpness / DoF, but I was holding the rock with my knee.

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kueda

Date

March 28, 2010 02:33 PM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 28, 2010 03:54 PM PDT

Description

Robber flies kick a whole lot of ass. Apparently many of those asses belong to wasps. LOTS of robbers out along scrubbier parts of the trail, most of them with hymenopteran prey. I think the fly was about 1 cm and some change.

Update: ID provided by Dr. Eric Fisher on BugGuide: http://bugguide.net/node/view/380520.

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What

flowering plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

kueda

Date

March 21, 2010 01:09 PM PDT

Description

Thought these were coralroot buds at first, but I could have been wrong...

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What

serpentine springbeauty Claytonia exigua

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 03:09 PM PDT

Description

Claytonia exigua

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What

dance flies Family Empididae

Observer

kueda

Date

March 21, 2010 02:02 PM PDT

Description

Note that this empidid is holding prey! Apparently empidids hunt, and even present their catch as nuptial gifts in their mating rituals.

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What

spotted coralroot Corallorhiza maculata

Observer

kueda

Date

March 21, 2010 02:06 PM PDT

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What

red elderberry Sambucus racemosa

Observer

kueda

Date

March 21, 2010 03:56 PM PDT

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salmonberry Rubus spectabilis

Observer

kueda

Date

March 21, 2010 04:11 PM PDT

Description

Ok, the fish and the flower have little in common, but as we meandered among the rocks and moss along the stream, I imagined it a piscean ladder, and thoughts of salmon bring Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) to mind.

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What

largeflower fairybells Prosartes smithii

Observer

kueda

Date

March 21, 2010 04:21 PM PDT

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kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 03:19 PM PDT

Description

Neoneides muticus, maybe?

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osoberry Oemleria cerasiformis

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 04:20 PM PDT

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What

Mount Diablo Jewelflower Streptanthus hispidus

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 04:48 PM PDT

Description

Even if the Eagle Peak trail wasn't a gloriously desolate path through talus and scrub, with wonderful views, Streptanthus hispidus would be more than enough reason to walk it. This might be the most colorful one I've seen! Also saw many more in bud than blooming, so they haven't quite peaked yet.

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What

purplespot gilia Gilia clivorum

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 02:56 PM PDT

Description

Pretty sure this is Gilia clivorum. Small but exquisite, like so many of my favorite things.

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Fairy-slipper Calypso bulbosa

Observer

kueda

Date

March 21, 2010 01:03 PM PDT

Description

Yup, jumpin' on the Calypso bandwagon. They were blooming explosively on Mt. Tam right now, along with lots of other cool stuff.

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What

longspur seablush Plectritis ciliosa

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 02:37 PM PDT

Description

I think I've seen this before but never took the time to ID it. Thought it was some kind of mint when I was in the field.

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kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 12:23 PM PDT

Description

Many thanks to the little girl and her family that found these beetles. Following kids around is a pretty good way to find cool bugs.

Observed in Mount Diablo State Park in a grassy meadow. About 1 cm long.

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What

bird's-eye gilia Gilia tricolor

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 01:46 PM PDT

Description

Saw this on the list at the visitor's center and was surprised. But there it was on the trail, blooming in abundance. Awesome flower.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 01:47 PM PDT

Description

Only marginally confident in this ID, would definitely appreciate some confirmation, or other ideas.

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What

Three-striped Longhorn Adela trigrapha

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 02:06 PM PDT

Description

Adela trigrapha. There were little patches where these things were just everywhere. Their antennae are preposterous.

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What

Three-striped Longhorn Adela trigrapha

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 02:13 PM PDT

Description

One of those odd creatures where the female is more colorful than the male.

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What

coffee fern Pellaea andromedifolia

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 02:30 PM PDT

Description

I have difficulty believing this is a fern, but it is. Amazing.

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Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 01:38 PM PDT

Description

Linanthus parviflorus? Not super psyched about the Linanthus key in Beidleman and Kozloff. Observed on Mount Diablo, Contra Costa County, CA, USA. See comments for scale.

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spiders Order Araneae

Observer

kueda

Date

March 19, 2010 04:51 PM PDT

Description

Haven't tried ID'ing it yet, though the elevated eye turret looks intriguing. Very small, cephalothorax probably 1-2 mm. Fond under a log in grassland bordeirng a eucalyptus grove.

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Family Dytiscidae Family Dytiscidae

Observer

kueda

Date

March 19, 2010 05:10 PM PDT

Description

Dragonfly nymphs are right up there with cordyceps fungi and horsehair worms on the list of reasons I am happy not to be a small bug.

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What

western blue-eyed grass Sisyrinchium bellum

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 11:39 AM PDT

Description

White variant of this normally blue flower.

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purple sanicle Sanicula bipinnatifida

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 11:48 AM PDT

Description

Sanicula bipinnatifida

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What

borage Family Boraginaceae

Observer

kueda

Date

March 20, 2010 11:52 AM PDT

Description

Some kind of popcorn flower, probably Plagiobothrys, still need to key it out.

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