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watermint Mentha aquatica

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direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

Description

Biggest one I've seen. At edge of lake.

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Skippers Family Hesperiidae

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direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

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Red Swamp Crawfish Procambarus clarkii

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direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

Observer

direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

Description

Two individuals here.

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Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Observer

direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

Description

Two observed/pictured (across lake from each other).

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Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Observer

direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

Description

Large colony (near picnic area - note the peanut).

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Domestic Dog Canis familiaris

Observer

direbecca

Date

September 2, 2015

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Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor

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dave-barry

Date

September 2, 2015

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

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dave-barry

Date

September 2, 2015

Description

male

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Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum

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dave-barry

Date

September 2, 2015

Description

male

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

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dave-barry

Date

September 2, 2015

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Black and Yellow Mud Dauber Sceliphron caementarium

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dave-barry

Date

September 2, 2015

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Acmon Blue Plebejus acmon

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dave-barry

Date

September 2, 2015
Plants

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Plants Kingdom Plantae

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troyboy_jr

Date

September 1, 2015 02:23 PM PDT

Description

I cannot identify the species of this tree. Every year around the middle of summer, it bears large, spherical buds that drop from the tree all over our driveway. The outside is soft and there is a large, hard nut inside.

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

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richardwasson

Date

September 1, 2015

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

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dave-barry

Date

August 30, 2015

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Jimsonweeds Genus Datura

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richardwasson

Date

August 28, 2015

Description

This looks like a native but was growing in someone's yard. Note the fruiting bodies in the second picture.

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richardwasson

Date

August 28, 2015

Description

Most likely a cynipid wasp.

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richardwasson

Date

August 28, 2015

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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isamar

Date

August 26, 2015

Description

Found this in the backyard of a suburban home. Large in size, looked like a dead leaf. Can anybody tell me what kind of moth it is and if it is in any way harmful (to pets or plants)? There is an apple tree that sometimes gets codling moths, but it does not look like a codling moth. Will this moth harm the apples?

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

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direbecca

Date

August 21, 2015

Description

Juvenile (with parent)

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Blue Oak Quercus douglasii

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bjoelle

Date

August 25, 2015 10:36 AM PDT

Description

Lots of Blue Oaks. We're hoping to join a study looking at the effects of drought on these trees. So we spent this morning identifying all the trees along this ridge. Many Blue Oaks, some Oregon, many Live Oak (mostly agrifolia but I think maybe one canyon).

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Coast Live Oak Quercus agrifolia

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bjoelle

Date

August 25, 2015 09:16 AM PDT

Description

Recent fall. Wasn't here last week. Broken at the base showing some root rot. This tree was huge, and two of the other trunks had already been previously cut probably to accomodate the power lines overhead. This one tumbled into the trail. The broken branch on the trail had a large twig and mud (possibly crow?) nest inside. The weirdest part was finding twisted acorns on the tree. Is this normal? See the last two photos in the series.

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Striped Volcano Gall Wasp Andricus atrimentus

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bjoelle

Date

August 25, 2015 10:30 AM PDT

Description

Cone-shaped gall on underside of blue oak leaf. Striped like a peppermint candy. Top of the cone flexible and soft to the touch. Otherwise firm but can be popped off the leaf with a fingernail

Fungi

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Fungi including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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codyhough

Date

August 24, 2015

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Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

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codyhough

Date

August 24, 2015 02:48 PM MDT

Place

(Somewhere...)
Birds

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Birds Class Aves

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isabel4

Date

August 23, 2015 04:16 PM PDT

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Norway Rat Rattus norvegicus

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richardwasson

Date

August 21, 2015

Description

This guy has been eating my tomatoes and tripped the rat trap.