After finding some Willow leaves covered with tiny galls, I opened one up with a razor blade and examined the inside with a Hitachi SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope, courtesy Merritt College, Oakland, CA). I found several dozen mites inside the gall (see attached SEMicrographs). The average length of each mite was about 90um.
This plant is only known from 3 or 4 counties .
This was the first well documented record of this genus for this area .
Female perched on Ericameria linearifolia .
Found on a hilltop near Indian Warrior ( Pedicularis ) . Note dark base to antennae tips , nearly blunt wing tips ,and a red band on the dorsal hind wing that is absent on our local Variable Checkerspot .
This individual was in the last hours of its life . It could barely move or stand up .
Pair with Canada Geese grazing on grass in ball field. This is a different pair than previously reported. Note the lack of the neck ring.
Small flock hugging the reeds. Best seen from the west side of the natural pond.
I observed a Hermit Thrush taking a bath by himself in my backyard birdbath in Concord, California
A large green Praying Mantis in my backyard in Concord, CA
Along Ygnacio Canal .
A pair in mixed flock with Canada Geese. Found on island as well as baseball field.
There is small population here. the majority of the turtles are Red-eared Sliders.