Finally excited to get a picture of one of these guys. A very beautiful butterfly. Found in the gardens.
First: Sorry for the bad picture
Second: No idea what the species is.
Definitely planted. Any help would be appreciated. Very cool looking plant.
Most likely planted. Any ideas?
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I think. . .
Found on an oak tree.
I think. . . this attracted a lot of insects.
I think. . . these guys were sharing the plant with bees.
A hive found in the tree across the street from where we were parked.
This Blue-eyed Darner was resting on a branch near the fremont Peak Campground, far from any open water.
Several covies of California Quail were seen (and heard) around the Fremont Peak campgrounds.
There was a very loud and active colony of Acorn Woodpeckers around the Fremont Peak campgrounds.
Pacific Madrones were the second most common tree around the Fremont Peak Campgrounds, just behind Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata)
Valley Oaks were the most common trees around the campgrounds at Fremont Peak, followed by Madrones (Arbutus menziesii). In Central California Valley oaks can be identified by their stately shape, bark structure, and deeply lobed leaves.
There were several flocks of Wild Turkeys in San Juan Canyon and on top of Fremont Peak this morning, All of which included displaying males like this one.
Along the coastal dunes of Monterey County, the Coast Wallflower occurs with the very similar and endangered Menzie's Wallflower (E. menziesii). They are best separated by the shape of their basal leaves.