A score of these flitting around a local householder's trellis of blue passionflower.
The zoom makes this almost look like a tucan chilling in a rainforest because of the giant leaves and the long range zoom. Really, he's sitting on a Eucalyptus tree and the shot was taken under an apple tree. I think there is a nest up there because I see groups of them roosting up there daily.
LANDED IN FRONT OF MY WILDLIFE CAMERA
Found in a pile of wood in the garage. Pale green.
Growing in a watered lawn.
Growing on the lower portion of some type of planted grass. Close to the ground.
Growing along a creek.
On the Joe Rodota Trail and homeless shelter.
Growing close to creek (about three feet away) in mostly gravel and sand. Fuzzy leaves.
Black and yellow stripes. Found them before flying around compost but this one was sitting on a succulent. Didn't seem bothered by me.
I suspect that this was picked up with a load of Marigolds from west Petaluma.
I didn't get it in my pictures, but the color has a dusting of purple over the dark sienna background.
Several males pursued this female... but she wasn't having it. A better look shows that perhaps she's past needing to mate.
Female found in my yard. Wasn't too happy that I pulled out the cape smilax she was hiding in.
Half a dozen insects--I include shots of 4-- circling a nice old passion vine. I'm guessing the second image is of a female( said to be paler), the first and third are males.
Found no larvae; but I'll be back to check.
Joining the much larger European Hoverflies on the white zinnias were a few of these.
These deferred in every case to the nectaring fiery skippers and their larger cousins, darting about restlessly until a flower was free.
While their large cousins rocked up and down while feeding, these stood immobile on the flower.