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Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 21, 2014 02:28 PM PDT

Description

Great day for larvae on the creek trail: most of the stages(or instars if you will) were easily found.

I've always better luck finding these lovely caterpillars at the end of the season; a nice reminder that the fading California summer will soon brighten into our long spring.

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What

Western Goldenrod Euthamia occidentalis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 03:32 PM PDT

Description

Lepidopterans seen on this 20 x 30 ft. patch today in a 20 minute visit: Purplish Coppers, Sandhill Skippers, Mylitta Crescents, Grey Hairstreaks, West Coast Ladies, Common Checkered Skippers, Buckeyes and Cabbage Whites.

Not to give the wrong impression of this neglected end of the creek path; as species elsewhere were quite sparse. This nice bit of goldenrod is a nectaring oasis on the several miles of trail west of Willowside Road. Elsewhere mustards, sow thistle, sweet fennel and wild radish predominate.

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What

Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 03:14 PM PDT

Description

These two seemed trying to reach an understanding; then lit side-by-side on adjacent blossoms-- I presume for a snack.

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What

Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 03:29 PM PDT

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What

West Coast Lady Vanessa annabella

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 03:37 PM PDT

Description

Seldom seen up here this year.

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Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides) Lycaena helloides

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 03:06 PM PDT

Description

Male.

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Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides) Lycaena helloides

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 03:11 PM PDT

Description

Female.

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Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 03:16 PM PDT

Description

Male.

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Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 03:16 PM PDT

Description

Dozens of these congregating on a small flower patch; along with buckeyes, west coast ladies, mylitta crescents, purplish coppers, grey hairstreaks and common checkered skippers.

Groups of 5-10 would form little mobs fluttering frantically in a tight radius for a good part of a minute before disbursing.

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014

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Convergent Lady Beetle Hippodamia convergens

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 20, 2014 02:30 PM PDT

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Observer

couleeca

Date

October 11, 2014 11:21 AM PDT

Description

Mystery oak gall, soft and spongy, on leather oak. Pepperwood Preserve near Dwight Center.

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What

Western Paper Wasp Mischocyttarus flavitarsis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 1, 2014 11:24 AM PDT

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Epilobium Epilobium canum ssp. mexicanum

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 6, 2014

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hummingbird sage Salvia spathacea

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 6, 2014

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Observer

evelynch

Date

October 6, 2014

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Spike-rush Eleocharis geniculata

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 6, 2014

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Observer

evelynch

Date

October 6, 2014

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blue wild rye Elymus glaucus

Observer

evelynch

Date

the past

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Observer

evelynch

Date

the past

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purple needle grass Nassella pulchra

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 6, 2014 11:00 AM PDT

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Idaho bent grass Agrostis idahoensis

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 6, 2014 11:00 AM PDT

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California fescue Festuca californica

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 6, 2014 11:00 AM PDT

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Observer

evelynch

Date

October 5, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

Description

about 20 feet tall. at first I thought it was a toyon but the fruit isn't growing in clusters like toyon.

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Oregon-grape Berberis aquifolium

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 5, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

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fat-hen Atriplex prostrata

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 5, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

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whiteroot or santa barbara sedge Carex barbarae

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 5, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

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Cocklebur Xanthium strumarium

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 5, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 5, 2014 12:00 PM PDT

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Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Observer

evelynch

Date

October 5, 2014 12:00 PM PDT