Sticky orange fruit, leaves smell citrusy, white fragrant flowers
Two different morphs of Harmonia axyridis. Thought the black and red one was Chilocorus until I realized Chilocorus doesn't have white spots on its head.
Found this one on fennel eating a syrphid fly
Saw about 16 on the fennel at Radio Beach, from itty bitty 1st instars to big fat ones that looked ready to pupate. Didn't see any chrysalises.
Lots of the guys at the lake. The brown ones are juveniles.
These guys migrate through the bay area in the summer
Hanging out in lake Merritt
Caterpillar on tarweed
larva found on my jalapeño plant devouring its leaves
Observed a small bird in the brush alongside the trail I was on. It had a black color, brownish underbelly, orange beak, and and seemed to be foraging for something. Not sure if a carnivore or herbivore.
Bristle portion of a living teasel (Dipsacus) found in the 4 o'clock hour by the base of the trail.
Insect-caused gall found on living branch of unknown species of plant.
Dark green, spade-like leaves
Woody dark brown stem
Part examined: small offshoot of a larger tree
I found the Snowberry at 17:04 while walking along the trail in Strawberry Canyon. It was a pretty large bush of Snowberry. It has parallel, rounded leaves, and white berry fruit.
A few flocks flew by one to two dozen each maybe, with some stragglers in between.
Without leaves in late sept