Little orange guy was miniscule, and apparently dead. Did not see any other tiny orange ants around.
Probably M. andrei, but I didn't get any pics that show the flange around the base of the scape.
On blue oak. I think C said they were red on the inside, need to check with her.
Pretty sure this is a burrow, but I don't remember seeing the elevated collar around the entrance before. We saw a few like this. Is this normal or is this only for the breeding season?
This rally looks like it's about to bloom.
His is the individual we had blooming in our camera stand pics (http://bit.ly/morganfire, #morganfire02).
On canyon live oak
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!