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Coast Live Oak Quercus agrifolia

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kueda

Date

July 5, 2015 03:26 PM PDT

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bigleaf maple Acer macrophyllum

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kueda

Date

July 5, 2015 02:10 PM PDT

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Carrot Family Family Apiaceae

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kueda

Date

July 5, 2015 03:15 PM PDT

Description

Yampah?

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Lace Lichen Ramalina menziesii

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kueda

Date

July 5, 2015 02:53 PM PDT
Plants

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Plants Kingdom Plantae

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markham

Date

July 5, 2015 01:40 PM PDT

Description

Horticultural

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Fly Death Fungus Entomophthora muscae

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damontighe

Date

July 5, 2015 01:18 PM PDT

Description

a few months ago I brought home a Entomophthora muscae infected house fly from Point Reyes to photography and study and to see if it could infect the fruit flies as I had read.
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1373764
Well it appears the Entomophthora muscae has taken up residence with my fruit fly population. yes!

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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echosmama

Date

July 4, 2015

Description

Midday, feeding on licorice mint, small guy 5-6mm

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Arthropods Phylum Arthropoda

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cbd

Date

July 4, 2015 04:17 PM PDT

Description

What is this? This is the largest one, a few inches long. The majority were less than 0.5" long. Found along bay shoreline, congregated under rocks and logs.

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European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula

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echosmama

Date

July 4, 2015
Insects

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Insects Class Insecta

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ore

Date

July 4, 2015 12:15 PM PDT

Description

Some kind of lady beetle landed on my arm. It's biting me. Am I feeding a native or non-native?

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Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis

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kueda

Date

July 3, 2015 04:47 PM PDT

Description

I saw this species perched further up hill a few weeks ago and was a bit perplexed because I doubted the stream was running, but lo and behold the stream is running, and I saw 4-5 of these beauties patrolling it. Photographing flying dragonflies under forest canopy is sort of impossible, thus: action shot.

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kueda

Date

July 3, 2015 04:29 PM PDT

Description

After finding L. gracile at Briones earlier this week, I figured I'd check some more creeks to see if that was the common species in the East Bay. Turns out these are really common in the stretch of San Leandro Creek that runs through Huckleberry Botanic Preserve.

I also tried to check out the part of Redwood Creek that cuts through Chabot by the Horseshoe / Grass Valley trailhead, but that part is almost entirely closed in by vegetation, and where it's not it was both dry, surrounded by eucalyptus, and didn't seem to have any rocks, so not great Ligidium habitat.

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Cabbage White Pieris rapae

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echosmama

Date

July 4, 2015

Description

Larva eating purple kale

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Sharpshooters Genus Draeculacephala

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damontighe

Date

April 30, 2010

Description

Green Sharp Shooter (Draeculacephala minerva) was from a population Rodrigo Almeida at UC Berkeley maintained and the original population came from from insects that were wild-caught in and around Berkeley, CA. The sharp shooter was dissected to remove the bacteriome and then I gently smashed the bacteriome on a slide to release the symbionts. Single bacterial cells were captured with a micromanipulator on an inverted scope. Sulcia cells were amplified and we recovered a full genome back form a single bacterial cell.
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0010314

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damontighe

Date

April 30, 2010

Description

Green Sharp Shooter (Draeculacephala minerva) was from a population Rodrigo Almeida at UC Berkeley maintained and the original population came from from insects that were wild-caught in and around Berkeley, CA. The sharp shooter was dissected to remove the bacteriome and then I gently smashed the bacteriome on a slide to release the symbionts. Single bacterial cells were captured with a micromanipulator on an inverted scope. Sulcia cells were amplified and we recovered a full genome back form a single bacterial cell.
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0010314

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Aphids Family Aphididae

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echosmama

Date

July 3, 2015

Description

On carrot greens, but do not look like carrot aphids

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Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

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echosmama

Date

July 3, 2015

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California Spikenard Aralia californica

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kueda

Date

July 3, 2015 04:11 PM PDT

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Twinberry Lonicera involucrata

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kueda

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July 3, 2015 05:49 PM PDT

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Cabbage White Pieris rapae

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heathermarie

Date

July 3, 2015 04:33 PM PDT

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Wood Sorrels Genus Oxalis

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echosmama

Date

July 3, 2015

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Cabbage White Pieris rapae

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echosmama

Date

July 3, 2015

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 10:10 PM PDT

Description

According to Garthwaite and Lawson this should be L. gracile. Unlike L. latum it is smooth instead of tuberculate.

Pretty interesting that they were here. Habitat was a dry creek bed that still had moist soil but no standing water. Not sure if it's seasonal in a normal year but unless we get some freak rain storms it seems like it'll probably get pretty toasty in the coming months. How do these isopods handle it? Like other Ligidium I've seen these only seemed to be in the rocky areas. Vegetation was oak / bay woodland, plenty of poison oak too.

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Scaly Chaparral Trilobopsis loricata

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 10:19 PM PDT

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 09:38 PM PDT

Description

Despite Trent's expert tickling this was the best pic I got. Not sure if it's possible to tell if it's Promyrmekiaphila or Aptostichus.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 10:18 PM PDT

Description

Found several clustered under logs in the dry stream bed.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 10:13 PM PDT

Description

Numero dos.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 09:49 PM PDT

Description

Satan's pancake flipper, AGAIN. I so love this harvestmen. When I found it the rest of the group were further down the stream bed. It was so cryptic that I knew I couldn't take my eyes off it or I might lose it, so I stared at it intently for a few minutes until the rest of the group arrived, at which point I exclaimed "Ortholasma! You must photograph this!" And then I realized I was getting super excited and pointing at a creature nigh indistinguishable from a tiny fleck of soil unless you have a hand lens or a macro setup.

This was the first of two I found. Habitat was quite a bit different than the moist, mixed tanoak / Doug fir / redwood mix at Gazos Creek, which was where I first encountered this beast. Instead they were crawling around a dry creek bed with moist soil, oak / bay canopy. I'm not sure how frequently this creek dries up in "normal" years (whatever that means these days), but the presence of snails (Trilobopsis and succinoids that may have been Catinella), burrowing mygalomorphs (Antrodiaetus riversi and and unidentified trapdoor spider), and riparian isopods (Ligidium gracile) suggest this area does retain moisture, if not surface water.

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kueda

Date

July 1, 2015 09:08 PM PDT

Description

This one used lichen in its turret construction, a choice that we endorsed whole-heartedly. Also, Trent is the best turret tickler ever.