A rare shrub in the East Bay , now in fruit . This is in dense hardwood forest . Note that these photos may be upside down .
Several adults flying around too, but harder to photograph.
This bird flew in and landed right in front of me, providing an opportunity for an easy picture!
Checkered White, flight is busier, less lilting than Cabbage. Hosts on weedy mustards.
Perhaps the smallest males I've seen in awhile.
Directly related to brief rains we had extending second flights palatability on host.
I thought I'd missed the big showing of rare "fire" wildflowers that emerged here. A few still in bloom.
Family of 3 near side of North Gate Road.
On summit of Mt. Diablo. This is a relic population found only on the main peak and North Peak. Preliminary DNA tests suggest they are most closely related to the population in Yolo County. Note the cell size. See Sceloporus occidentalis observation for comparison.
A huge individual heavily in bloom . Photographed it after car broke down . This is probably less than a half mile from the North Gate kiosk .
Along North Gate Road about half a mile from the kiosk . Past peak bloom . Photographed this after car broke down . This is the colony mentioned in Ertter and Bowerman`s book .
Along Stage Road .
Nectaring at Cirsium vulgare . Tails missing , making ID difficult . One photo by second observer made it look similar to Two-tailed Swallowtail .
One of two individuals nectaring at Asclepias fascicularis . The other individual was fairly fresh .
Worn individual . Saw several more along Stage Road .
Nectaring at Asclepias fascicularis . Note also milkweed aphids and nymphs of milkweed bugs .
Didn't think they'd be out this early in the year. I was wrong.
below the wasp