singing male who gave me some good looks and buzzy songs in the grassy meadows of Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve.
presumably mates - definitely friendly
fairly large spider - about 1.5 - 2" long carrying babies on her back; walking across a dirt path in oak savannah habitat
2 mating at Shollenberger Marsh!
Photo taken by Brian Huse
Also observed by Karen Carlson, Marilyn Kihara, Deanne DiPietro, Megan Elrod, Julian Wood, Sherie Michaile, Dennis Jongsomjit, and Claire Peaslee
The beetle isn't dead, it just retracted it's limbs as a defense when I got to close. Found on the east facing side of a building in Petaluma, CA. Warm and sunny, clear sky.
Found under trash can
Caught singing, the ritual of springtime.