Found this one while gardening in urban Santa Rosa. :)
Recorded by Brandon corral and Martin zepeda, sixth graders at Helen Lehman school with IOOBY,
Recorded by Alyna Mann& Erika Escutia. 6th Graders, Helen Lehman School with IOOBY
Every few years now we see a slew of these; although I can't remember ever seeing one as a boy.
Appears to be cultivated here.
Numerous tiny beetles in residence: see last image.
Early in the day, a bit less than 70 degrees; only heard them when I stepped under the tree's canopy to check out something else.
Resting on a patch of sunny ground; flying up repeatedly to circle with a West Coast Lady, then return to the same spot. He seems rather old, the Lady just emerged. I saw these two repeat that performance 4 times before intervening to take pictures.
In Scott's book, these two Vanessae are said to occasionally hybridize in California. I wonder if I didn't interrupt one of these illicit trysts.
3 of these on the chard I cut for dinner.