Backyard tree growing for 4 years
A couple of them fiddling with my veggies. One seemed to be going for immature Jerusalem Artichoke seeds, but I also saw them rip little bits off of petals and leaves.
Black mutation, locally common.
large population of black Eastern Gray Squirrels on the Stanford University campus and surrounds
Variety "Colored Willow Leaf." There are a few "willow leaf" types of Limas, named for their unusual narrow leaves. This variety is a mix of about six colors/patterns. Smaller seeds but prolific, attractive to hummingbirds, and really very tasty. Converted a couple of Lima-haters.
Mature seeds of "Hereboontjie," harvested yesterday. Heirloom from 1880 in South Africa: http://www.selfsustainable.co.za/the-hereboontjie-a-true-south-african-heirloom/
Piles of little flies in a zucchini blossom. They were a bit skittish and tiny for photos. Looks like they have yellow pollen on their faces, though. (and wow, the inside of zucchini flowers are super hairy!)
One of the tiny mature fruits. Also called "mouse melon" since they're like dollhouse-sized watermelons.
An unusual species of hot pepper.
Little webworm folded up in an amaranth leaf. Its camouflage doesn't work nearly as well on red plants.
I always have problems with these annoying little green caterpillars making a hole in my garbanzo beans and eating the young seeds away, leaving nothing but frass inside. This year I put them in a terrarium to see what they turned into. Beautiful little green moths, apparently! When it was alive, this one's eyes glowed huge and orange under my flashlight beam/camera flash. Sat perched in a triangle shape.
Caterpillar photos here:
Found dead on the ground a week ago. Crazy big furry forelimbs. Some kind of carder bee? Yeti Crab hybrid?
Eating my flowers!
Leapt/snapped way up in the air with an audible click when I pestered it.
A bunch of them going nuts over a little lantana bush.
Pair in first photo were I assume about to mate? The male was tentatively approaching and re-approaching the female, who was staying put and vibrating her wings weirdly.
Two greys in a schoolyard.