About 5 squirrels foraging in the grass near Las Posits Creek
It's location by the water is keeping it relatively lush compared to fuchsia elsewhere in the garden
Body about an inch long. It seemed to have captured a yellowjacket
Found on a boulder in the redwood grove.
This is the second striped racer I've come across this summer eating a lizard. The first was eating an alligator lizard (looked like it had been run over by a mountain bike mid-meal), this one is actively eating a still-alive western fence(?) lizard.
Two Merriam's chipmunks scolding each other in the back garden of an apartment building on Coast Village Rd.
The photo is from 2005. Fox squirrels still observed.
Dog chased fox squirrel up neighbor's tree.
Acorns on mature coast live oak at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
Specimen was found in Nov 1977, I have no record of collector, exact date, or exact location. Scanned from 35mm slide.
My finger there to give perspective. This is a huge moth.
3/8" - 1/2" long, solitary.
This individual had a large web in an agave. It's body length was nearly an inch, and while not visible in the pictures, it had the long spinnerets that distinguish the genera Agelenenopsis and Calilena.
Calilena are generally grayer and tend to build their funnlewebs under debris and close to the ground while western Agelenopsis are more tan and generally build large webs that are elevated with a wide, deep funnel retreat.