One of a few colonies of harvester ants that I've noticed along the edge of an asphalt-paved road
A small, approximately 2.5 cm long scorpion that had been found under a boulder at a survey sight.
A recently deceased white-crowned sparrow. I do not know the cause of death, and ants were moving through a hole in the hollowed out body cavity
A dark, adult male western fence lizard that had been found underneath a coverboard during a survey at one of the Southwestern Herp Society's field sites. As it was barely after 8 am, and this board had been positioned in the shade of nearby brush, he had not been warmed by the sun, and was still sluggish when we found him. He was released back under the board after being photographed.
First time spotting an alligator lizard in the neighborhood.
Two spotted together
Hybrid. We think Q. macdonaldii
Or might be a western sagebrush lizard
Black widow type spider observed in Knapp Ranch Park in West Hills, CA
Appears to be Latrodectus variolus --the Northern Black widow.
However from all range maps it shouldn't be in So Cali...
Firebugs are mating all over the place in Cheeseboro Canyon!
Spotted this guy in Cheeseboro Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Been waiting for years to see a tarantula-- woohoo!
Milkweed from my back yard
Found next to trash cans on side yard of house in Simi Valley, CA
Found in Ventura County on border of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Found on side of road hit by a car
Cheeseboro site 9
Greenbark? Or is it cercocarpus??