Highland hiking north.
"This is the gecko I was telling you about on my brother's porch. There are at least 2 living there. I first saw geckos on his porch many years ago, like 10 or 15 at least, so they've been successful there for a long time. When I first saw them I couldn't believe how pink they were. This gecko is more tan, so either my memory is faulty or they've changed over time.
"They live near the foothills, the last bit of flat land before you head up to Big Bear, Crestline, etc. This was taken a couple of days ago, the weather has been pretty mild out there."
- Peggy Wu
Observation and photo by Peggy Wu.
"It appears to be an ivy (vine and leaf), but then has this huge seed pod." Photo by Brenda Laird
Observed chasing a female that was unreceptive. Someone forget to tell her it was Valentines day.
Habitat Photo included.
Also known as the Band-eyed Drone Fly (for obvious reasons!) these flies are amazing mimics of bees! If not for the wild and crazy eyes, I'd have definitely had to look twice. These hoverflies are harmless and both they and their larvae are very beneficial for my garden ecosystem.
I call the photo of this strange and mysterious insect: "Alien Life Form on the Planet Phalange".
In all seriousness, I am excited to have a forum where it can be identified at last! I am at a loss...and it is so very interesting, isn't it?
Thanks to "loarie" this little alien critter has been identified as a Katydid nymph! Brilliant!
Western Scrub-Jay, one of a "scold" that frequents our backyard garden hoping for a handout. An interesting (if horrifying) bit of trivia: last season the local jays were quite adept at raiding the nests of other birds in the area. I startled one jay into flight from a nearby tree limb and was rewarded with a half-eaten chick, which landed at my bare feet. Nature. It's wild. And sometimes icky.
An increasing number of these spiders in our garden area, found especially under the eaves of outbuildings and under most of the lawn furniture! The orange hourglass is pretty spectacular, and the geometric patterns make this a lovely arachnid. Their egg cases are unmistakable...tan, round, and very spiky.
Female black widow spider with egg sac located between railroad ties bordering a vegetable garden.
Have come across a number of these in our yard, generally when raking old leaves from the soft sandy soil up against chain link fencing.
Raven or crow? I use the shape of the tail when viewed from underneath, but I can't do that from this side view.
Drive by bird watching.
Climbing the side of houses
Blooming plants in rocky, disturbed soil. Photo by Steve Mains. Identification confirmed by UC Riverside botanists Arlee Montalvo and Andrew Sanders.
I don't think I've ever noticed how utterly satanic these birds look in their mating plumage.