Peckhamia sp. male jumping spider (Salticidae), Stulsaft Park, Redwood City, San Mateo County, California - 4 March 2015. I beat this ant-mimic jumping spider from an oak shrub. Collected live, chilled, photographed and later preserved as a specimen in order to determine species.
In grass/leaf litter - Lake Lag
Only one individual
Clustered, others of same species also within a few feet
Near tree in mulch
only one group spotted so far along this part of the trail. Lower down near #280 I recently found a large group of 8 - 10 plants
several nice stands along the fenceline
common in the roadside grass
up to 3 feet high
Climbing all over the place
Along Alpine Road; seeded several years ago and now self-seeding
near Los Trancos Creek on Alpine Road Trail
Complex chambered interior, irregular dark gray cap, and ridged stem with holes. In Mushrooms Demystified, this keys to Helvella lacunosa. Recent sources state that the oak-associated member of this species complex is Helvella dryophila, which has a dark pileus and light stipe when young (http://www.mycologia.org/content/105/5/1275.short).
Photographs show the fruiting body, whole and cut (transverse and longitudinal) to show chambered interior of stem.
Another color oddity - pale grey with light reddish on shoulders and head.
Red on top, dark on extremities. Lives in the hole in this photo. Thinking perhaps an odd color mutation, since we have all-black Eastern Grey Squirrels here...?
Drying out its wings after the brief rain.