Pit fall bucket. Cabrillo National Monument herpetofauna study.
Pit fall bucket. Cabrillo national monument herpetofauna study. Male.
In pit fall bucket. Cabrillo National Monument Herpetofauna Study. Female.
In pit fall bucket, Cabrillo National Monument Herpetofauna study. Female.
Fell in reptile capture pit fall bucket and was released.
American crow landed in an exotic pine tree after being chased by a northern mockingbird
Female hooded oriole in University Heights neighborhood
First egg on 4/11. Second egg on 4/12.
I saw a teeny tiny spider. It had a round, yellow body. It was about the size of the ball on a fine point ballpoint pen. It was in a flowering bush on a very delicate web, about 2 feet off the ground.
We found a female longbodied cellar spider outside High Tech High on the wall in dim light. It was the right color (brown) and distinguished from the similar longlegged sac spider due to its distinctive markings on the "joints" of its legs and decided it was female due to the size of its abdomen.
The spider has a large red abdomen and black body. It's chelicerae were iridescent green.The body was 1 cm in length which is appropriate for this species.
Spider was moving along a wall, not on a web, which is a behavior indicative of jumping spiders.
Spider did not appear to be of a body form which would cause it to be linked to web-spinning spiders. The distinctive red abdomen is very different from another jumping spider species we observed at the same site.
This is the flowering plant on which the spiders lived. It is late spring. The siders were not hunting during our observations. We observed 10 webs/nests of the funnel variety and in two of the nests the spider moved to the door of the nest. They were constructed with dried leaves of this plant.
Spider was found on a lettuce plant in High Tech High's community garden. The school is near San Diego International Airport, Naval Base and Marina. The weather is mostly cloudy, 66 degrees.
The spider was identified as a Jumping Spider (Family: Salticidae Genus: Phidippus) due to its size (5mm), its brown-red abdomen and white stripe on the joint between abdomen and cephalothorax. The spider was observed to jump. Also, the environment where the spider was found (lettuce plant) matched one habitat characteristic of the genus.
Note: We were not able to identify to the species level. However, we suspect the spider is a juvinile Red Backed Jumping Spider (Phidippus johnsoni) as two adult males were found in the same habitat on the same date and time. The adult males were measured to be 1 cm in length.
Claim: We found a Crane Fly.
We found this crane fly in a green shrub with pink and white flowers on the southwestern side of the building.
Three (3) long legs on either side of body and one (1) set of transparent wings. We eliminated the possibility that the Tipulidae (Crane Fly) was a dragonfly based on features of the wings (1 set instead of the 2 sets of a dragonfly).
Measuring approximately 1.3 cm from base of abdomen to top of head.
Other organisms found in environment include bees, spiders and snails.
The spider is light brown with darker brown stripes on the abdomen and cephalothorax. The 1 cm abdomen had the light brown strip down the middle with the darker stripes on the sides.
The spider lived in a funnel web in a flowering shrub with pink flower bunches and blue berries. The nest/web was made of dried leaves with curling edges that provided a hiding place in the base of a web that was created by a funnel. This is a funnel spider.
We observed ten nests/webs and two of the nests had spiders that moved to the door of the nest during our observation.
No idea what this species is. It was tiny - the size of an uncooked grit. And yellow. And it had a very round body. It was in a bush by a building.
I can never remember which white bird is named what. Black legs, yellow feet, black bill. Ibis? Cattle egret?