Larva, found on the ground. Thanks for the ID assistance!
Nectaring on California Buckeye
Long distance shot of a juvenile
Thanks to Kevin Hinstra for pointing out this bird.
Found 5 in a dense thicket (thanks to Kevin Hinstra for the find!).
In the burn zone of the Morgan Fire , two springs after the fire . Growing in rocky soil with Whispering Bells mostly .
These Lady beetles were swarming by the thousands over the top of Mt Diablo today.
I observed many of them.
Looked quite beat up.