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kbg

Date

February 21, 2015 04:00 PM PST

Description

The Oscillatoria were seen as floating mucilaginous mats less than 5 cm long. You can see these small floating Oscillatoria balls in the image with the paddle boats.
The rest of the lake was also experiencing a Microcystis bloom, which is the bright green algae seen in the last image.

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What

Spiders Order Araneae

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kueda

Date

January 10, 2015 01:34 PM PST

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What

Flies Order Diptera

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kueda

Date

January 10, 2015 02:42 PM PST

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What

Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus

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kueda

Date

February 22, 2015 09:09 AM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

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What

Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme

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kevinhintsa

Date

October 7, 2005 10:48 AM PDT

Description

From past files .

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What

Common Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus communis

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kevinhintsa

Date

October 10, 2006 12:57 PM PDT

Description

From past files .

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What

American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

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kevinhintsa

Date

September 17, 2009 02:06 PM PDT

Description

From past files . Note that this is a female laying an egg on Gnaphalium luteo-album .

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What

American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

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kevinhintsa

Date

October 15, 2004 12:14 PM PDT

Description

From past files .

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What

Common Groundsel Senecio vulgaris

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greenrosettas

Date

February 13, 2015

Description

Old man in the Spring

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What

Bermuda Buttercup Oxalis pes-caprae

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greenrosettas

Date

February 13, 2015

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What

Silver bush lupine Lupinus albifrons var. albifrons

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greenrosettas

Date

February 13, 2015

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damontighe

Date

January 28, 2015 01:14 PM PST

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What

fragrant fritillary Fritillaria liliacea

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kevinhintsa

Date

March 8, 2008 03:51 PM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Rare at Mount Diablo .

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damontighe

Date

January 28, 2015 01:13 PM PST

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What

Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fasciculare

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damontighe

Date

January 28, 2015 01:12 PM PST

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What

Western Jack-o'-lantern Mushroom Omphalotus olivascens

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damontighe

Date

January 28, 2015 01:11 PM PST

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damontighe

Date

January 28, 2015 01:08 PM PST

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What

Mountain Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans ssp. elegans

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lupinete

Date

February 16, 2015 02:09 PM PST

Description

Bort Meadow, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley, CA

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What

Indian Warrior Pedicularis densiflora

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lupinete

Date

February 16, 2015 01:18 PM PST

Description

French Trail, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 11:44 AM PST

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 12:31 PM PST

Description

Probablky not identifiable to species but, we chased it across this meadow so I'm posting it anyway.

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 11:58 AM PST

Description

ID TBD. 6 whorls, somewhat obliquely beaded sculpture, depressed spire. Found under a log in a stand of toyon, east-facing slope.

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 11:04 AM PST

Description

Different individual with slightly more detail on the telopodites.

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 10:55 AM PST

Description

This is probably a female Tylobolus deses, but I don't have a way to ID females from external features.

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 10:49 AM PST

Description

Assuming those little hooked things emerging from the secondseventh segment are the ends of the anterior telopodites, then this keys as Tylobolus deses in Keeton 1960:

1. Anterior telopodites of gonopods distinctly uncinate distally (figure 224)
2. Coxae of 4th legs narrow and rounded distally; podomeres of legs not so greatly swollen ( figures 232, 233)

From there it's either T. deses or species that are out of range according to Shelley's checklist.

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What

Beard Lichens Genus Usnea

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 10:29 AM PST

Description

KOH didn't help.

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 10:27 AM PST

Description

I could be wrong about the genus here. Punctelia is supposed to have a K- medula but a K+ yellow cortex, so the yellow coloration here might be a reaction with the coretex, which happened immediately. However, within a minute the margins of the KOH turned red. Not sure what that means. P. subrudecta kind of matches, but the pseudocyphellae might not be discrete enough here.

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What

Scale Insects Superfamily Coccoidea

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 10:01 AM PST

Description

I'm embarassed to admit I didn't note down what the tree was. Need to use the app more...

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kueda

Date

February 14, 2015 09:50 AM PST

Description

I've had some KOH for a while but have been too lazy to start using it... until this weekend, which means I can now start getting Parmotrema to species based on Brodo's key. The yellow patch at the top is a piece of thallus where I scratched off the cortex to reveal the medulla and applied some KOH. You can see there's a clear yellow reaction, which is pretty rad. It seems like the cortex might also be reactive. It's hard to apply fluid precisely with an eye dropper.

Here's my key trace from Brodo 2001:

1. Marginal cilia or cilia-like rhizines present (ok, not really for this individual, but going the other way in the leads to P. dilatatum, which is out of range)
2. Soredia present.
10. Medulla K+ yellow
13. Cilia long or short, often abundant, scattered along lobe margins (again, I may have picked the wrong patch to photograph, but the alternative here goes to P. dilatatum again)
14. Medulla K+ yellow or orange (stictic acid): P. chinense

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What

California tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica

Observer

danielled83

Date

February 14, 2015 12:15 PM PST