There were a few flying around the milkweed.
Emerged after rain in garden-- teeming w/ these small silver colored flies
Some kind of sea slug type creature we found washed up on the beach in Santa Barbara, CA
Lots of ladybugs washing up on the beach.
The male of a pair- just hatched babies are under the sage brush.
I needed greater magnification to see the hairlike projections and something to slow it down would've been helpful. This is pond water. I looked at it with an Aquatic Biologist who also pointed out ditoms, fly larvae, and spirogyra. We identified it as a ciliata.
Confirmed by examination of trichomes and comparison with herbarium specimens of Quercus dumosa and Quercus berberidifolia.