the spider was around 1 in. to 2 in. long.
"While doing some field herping with a friend yesterday, I discovered quite a substantial population of Xenopus laevis in a large pond at a park adjacent to Oxnard College in Oxnard, California. I saw several specimens near the banks of the pond, all between 2.5- 8 cm long. I managed to capture a few individuals to measure and photograph."
- Shawn Shumaker
Observation and photo by Shawn Shumaker, sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can almost always find monarch life near Missions in CA. Found this little gem in the planter in front of Mission Ventura.
Monarchs flying nearby, sighted 4 and 5th instar larva on tropical milkweed intentionally planted at the Mission.
Field trip with 4/5th graders with teacher Tracy Fontenot's class for Mission studies. Sneaking in some monarch observation with students to enhance their monarch studies.
Monarchs, tropical milkweed, eggs, and larva all present in front of Mission Buena Ventura in planter boxes. Adult monarchs present throughout the day in park and Mission surrounds.
I didn't capture an actual images of the monarchs, but included the students note taking.
Identified it as a dark eyed junco but I could be wrong.
Very small spider. Would like to know the name.
IT seems to be a female because of its yellow colored body and grayish wings.
Medium size. Was being harassed by local crows. Has a dark coloring to its back and brownish coloring to the front.
Was a very large wasp when compared to some nearby honey bees.
Impressively large robberfly, 30+ mm. Saw several of them in the dune area.
Waiting for the ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Very large robbers out on dunes...
small and black
While investigating possible reptile and amphibian lairs during the warm late afternoon, I lifted a large slab of concrete in the shade and next to a man-made water source, and discovered two Baja California Treefrogs taking refuge in the moist earth underneath. One of the specimens was an adult, approximately 3 cm in snout to vent length. The other was a brown froglet about half the size of the larger individual.