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.
Looks like Pentatoma rufipes. But its 'shoulders' aren't so broad, legs don't appear to be red, and of course it's a long way from Europe...
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.
A Sandhill Skipper? Never seen one up here; certainly harder to tell with older individuals...
13cm arboreal salamander
Underneath a shelf in my quiet garage. Chaotic web; but full of dead spiders.
What's it doing with the egg-mass?
Huge worm found in my garden. My mom pulled it out of a hole near some squash.
Found in the dirt below a potted bean plant in my garden.
This individual lives in our ladder; usually stored in deep shade hanging against a fence.
For the last week I've had it out to paint part of our garage. The spider--which is keeping what seem to be two egg-cases-- is satisfied to stay... She does move about to be as much out of the sun as possible.
Beautiful orbweaver hanging out on my porch. She's there every day, just below the porch light.
I'm seeing these regularly this summer in our old neighborhood. We've lived here since 1983; previously I'd never seen one of these unmistakable butterflies north of the Golden Gate.
Quite small, perhaps 10mm.
Trying to bury his walnut in my plants!
Flying around my yard. Seemed to be attracted to my compost.
7 crows just hanging around my neighbor's yard.
This year I've seen 5 or 6 of these up here; this is as close as I've gotten with a camera...