Soap plant was blooming profusely as we finished the hike, but they were all blackened with these flies! Never seen this before. Empididae? Bibiionidae? Very small, 5 mm maybe.
Stilt bug nymph of some kind, I think.
E. luteolum or E. gracile. Thoughts? Leaves don't look that tapered so I'm leaning toward E. luteolum.
Sizeable damselfly perched near a spring or seep.
Getting some moisture at a spring.
Kicking myself for not getting better pics of this plant, b/c I think it's a new-to-me phacelia.
Blue eyes, thick black dorsal stripe on thorax.
Yellow goblet on thorax.
Rural Skipper mud puddling.
Scudderia mexicana, I presume.
I never would have realized this was not a Variable Checkerspot if it hadn't been pointed out to me. Thanks again, Liam!
Since these things never seem to stay still, in flight characters are useful: buttery yellow, really big. If they stay still for a sec, two tails on each hindwing, pencil thin striping.
Did I get this right? Are there "dirty" acmons, and why isn't this a Lupine Blue?
Smaller than the big, black Omsia (or whatever it is), 5-8 mm. Feeding on chia. Halictidae?
Another small, greem, metallic bee, 5-8 mm, feedin on Acmispon. Halictidae?
Large black bee feeding on grindelia.