Five individuals were seen under a small pile of rotting logs. Identification based around overall coloration, foot size, and location.
Abandoned best in mixed evergreen ecosystem, in a tan oak. Egg less than an inch at longest point. Best opening about 2.5 inches in diameter
Or Flower Bee? (Thanks, Richard!)
Either way, I can also thank LeftCoastNaturalist for this one, since before reading his blog post about Cuckoo Wasps (http://leftcoastnatty.blogspot.com/2014/05/cuckoo-for-chrysidids.html) I'd never heard of them, and after reading they've been buzzing around insistently but pleasantly in the back of my mind. I might not have noticed this little one otherwise. Thanks, Trent, and great blog!
The redwood sorrel is the low green carpeting the forest floor. Also seen is various ferns and Redwood trees.
Looked healthy but only saw two or three of these over a three hour span.
Found washed up dead on the beach north of Scott's Creek. About 2 feet in diameter.
Stachys bullata, Hedge Nettle