Several adults flying around too, but harder to photograph.
Large (2-3 cm), metallic Ammophila, feeding on buckwheat.
Many oaks in the area are just laden with this gall. I guess I don't hike in this part of the park every year so I don't have historical (albeit anecdotal) evidence for comparison, but it seems like there are way more galls in drought years.
I observed several California Sisters flitting amongst the Oaks along the North Peak Trail, Mt Diablo, CA.
A small day-flying moth, approx 1 in. wingspan, with light tan upper-wings, and the lower wings dark colored with a white wingbar (see attached pic). Need some help with identification. Thanks!
I found about 8-10 Mormon Metalmark butterflies at/or near the top of North Peak Rd, in Mt Diablo State Park. It was about 2:30PM.
The day's prize, though I was quite happy with the metalmarks, too.
I think the white margin is just worn. Doesn't have hindwing spots of Propertius, too late for Pacuvius.
Many thanks to Hank for alerting me to the presence of this species up there! I'm sure I never would have noticed they weren't fence lizards on my own.
Of course the only ode I was able to photograph to my satisfaction was one I already knew.