Male. Absence of orange dots on hind wings. It floats before one like...electric blue tinfoil.
Good sized foraging flocks
A local to the barn, this female likes to hunt off of my deck
Foraging on a Valley Oak, occasional call
One is calling in the Coyote Brush next to the barn
One just buzzed my head
Hunting in the savanna adjacent to the barn
Several all around the barn at night
Common cottontail around the barn and in the Coyote Brush
All over the Reserve, commonly nest here
Ubiquitous at BORR
Common flycatcher around the barn
Common and in good sized groups this time of year
found under a board near the Amos Cabin by the UCSC field class
Saw the first gopher snake of the season today
living in the barn at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve
found at Cabin Pond by graduate student Ute Runkel
California Kingsnakes are now becoming active
this lizard was sun basking on the wooden deck of the barn
Found under a trash can. apparently the line in Evans & Hogue about this species being "entirely black" can be ignored. It certainly doesn't have the yellow hairs on the underside that N. guttula should have, and apparently that's the only other species with all-black elytra we would expect in CA. Excellent discussion at http://bugguide.net/node/view/148757/bgimage
It wasn't until I recently saw a picture of a related species from France that I realized Sara Orangetips have AMAZING hindwings.
Landed on me in the parking lot. Numerous valley oaks and coast live oaks nearby.