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Dance Flies Family Empididae

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 06:19 PM PDT

Description

Ken-ichi mentioned the flies we were seeing might be in this group: Empididae.

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robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015

Description

Was some question as to what this little guy might be...

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Brewer's western flax Hesperolinon breweri

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 06:10 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Wildflower was in full bloom all along Mitchell Canyon Trail up to Eagle Peak.

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California Fuchsia Epilobium canum

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 04:32 PM PDT

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Tree Jelly Lichens Genus Collema

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 05:06 PM PDT

Description

Interesting to be back up Eagle's Peak Trail and now...notice the lichens!

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 06:25 PM PDT

Description

Fifth instar. Cool to see such a cryptically-evolved creature "hiding in plain sight" Note the spikes along the larva, note the spikes along the Italian Thistle. Amazing!

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Gorgon Copper Lycaena gorgon

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Most abundant species-on-the-wing this day. Male.

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Lorquin's Admiral Limenitis lorquini

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015

Description

One of two seen. Individual nearing it's end...

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Two-tailed Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015

Description

Just a handful of these seen this day...

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Rural Skipper Ochlodes agricola

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015

Description

I've been coming to this trail for 20 years. One of the Top 5 Butterfly walks in Bay Area. Hands down The Bleakest Showing of Species this day. Another example of insane "early emergence, then done months early" season.

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Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015

Description

Male

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Sierran Treefrog Pseudacris sierra

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015

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Manzanita Leafgall Aphid Tamalia coweni

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 03:04 PM PDT

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fragrant sumac Rhus aromatica

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 02:08 PM PDT

Description

Another related to Poison-oak,,.

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Red Ribbons Clarkia concinna

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 03:10 PM PDT

Description

Amazing display of these within the dry grasses...

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butterfly mariposa lily Calochortus venustus

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 04:01 PM PDT

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harvest brodiaea Brodiaea elegans

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 04:10 PM PDT

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false babystars Leptosiphon androsaceus

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 05:26 PM PDT

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Date

May 22, 2015 01:37 PM PDT

Description

Googled " wild California Rose galls" and this species came up...

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Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 02:25 PM PDT

Description

How Ken-ichi "heard" this pencil-sized serpent boggles my mind...

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robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 03:07 PM PDT

Description

Not a great deal of diversity within this Longhorn Moths group in the Bay Area...

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California larkspur Delphinium californicum

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 03:56 PM PDT

Description

A fascinating new one for me. It's not too showy, as others in the genus are...Tall. Narrow range.

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windpoppy Papaver heterophyllum

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 03:15 PM PDT

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Ookow Dichelostemma congestum

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 03:53 PM PDT

Description

Ken-Ichi helped me finally learn the difference between this and Blue Dicks...

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Gorgon Copper Lycaena gorgon

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 04:17 PM PDT

Place

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Description

Female

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chaparral pea Pickeringia montana

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 04:20 PM PDT

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Hedgerow Hairstreak Satyrium saepium

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 04:36 PM PDT

Description

Only hairstreak seen all day...

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Tube Lichens Genus Hypogymnia

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 05:05 PM PDT

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Wolf Lichen Letharia vulpina

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 05:05 PM PDT

Description

I was surprised to see this in the Bay Area. Thought I needed to go to the Sierras...

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sticky Chinese houses Collinsia tinctoria

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 22, 2015 05:55 PM PDT