A single beaver was sighted swimming in a pool in the stream channel. Obvious beaver sign (chewed and downed trees) in the vicinity.
spider was in middle of its web in wild blackberry patch next to Corralitos Creek above Almaden Reservoir, New Amaden, Ca.
unable to identify it.
The Dolloff Cave Spider (family Tetragnathidae) is one of the rarest spiders in North America. Until recently, it was known only from the Empire Cave system; a small series of caves near the University of California Santa Cruz campus. Unfortunately, this left them highly susceptible to vandalism and injury as people would party in the caves.
Recently a few additional populations have been found in nearby caves in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. The individuals in these photos are representatives of a newly discovered population deep in the Santa Cruz mountains.
They are exceptionally large spiders (the largest could easily wrap their legs around a peach pit) and they make broad-meshed orbwebs with an open hub. They are known to feed on moths and harvestmen, but we also found one incident of cannibalism
Individual found early in the morning running across the lawn at a rural fire station surrounded by second growth redwood forest. Specimen was collected and identified based on it the details of its reproductive structures by Joey Slowik.
Found on ground with lichen in crook of fallen branch
I saw quite a few of these tiny bugs on Yellow Star Thistle flower heads. I'm hoping that they are the type of bug that makes life hard for these invasive plants. Little help?
A coast range fence lizard in backyard.
Fern like leaves, purple flower
Same as the previous observation but larger (about 1.5" long) and white racing stripe down its back. Same species, just older?
Common dandelions growing in backyard
Tomato plant in backyard
Chili plant in backyard
The little sucker got me!!