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Observer

mytilludie

Date

October 19, 2014

Description

Female found in my yard. Wasn't too happy that I pulled out the cape smilax she was hiding in.

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What

Gulf Fritillaries Agraulis vanillae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 19, 2014 03:40 PM PDT

Description

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.

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What

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Locusts Order Orthoptera

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 18, 2014 03:51 PM PDT

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What

Eristalis arbustorum Genus Eristalis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 16, 2014 11:43 AM PDT

Description

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.

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Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 12, 2014 10:23 AM PDT

Description

A Sandhill Skipper? Never seen one up here; certainly harder to tell with older individuals...

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What

Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

dave-barry

Date

October 13, 2014

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arboreal salamander Aneides lugubris

Observer

tomrobinson

Date

October 15, 2014

Description

13cm arboreal salamander

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Cellar Spiders Family Pholcidae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 11, 2014 01:18 PM PDT

Description

Underneath a shelf in my quiet garage. Chaotic web; but full of dead spiders.

What's it doing with the egg-mass?

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

icosahedron

Date

September 23, 2014 09:32 AM PDT

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What

Western Tiger Swallowtail Papilio rutulus

Observer

icosahedron

Date

September 29, 2014 12:39 AM PDT

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Bush Katydids Genus Scudderia

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 5, 2014 10:39 AM PDT

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What

segmented worms Phylum Annelida

Observer

mytilludie

Date

September 24, 2014

Description

Huge worm found in my garden. My mom pulled it out of a hole near some squash.

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What

common land snails and slugs Order Stylommatophora

Observer

mytilludie

Date

October 3, 2014

Description

Found in the dirt below a potted bean plant in my garden.

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Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 4, 2014 12:10 AM PDT

Description

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.

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mytilludie

Date

October 1, 2014

Description

Beautiful orbweaver hanging out on my porch. She's there every day, just below the porch light.

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What

Asian Ladybird Beetle Harmonia axyridis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

October 2, 2014 05:00 PM PDT

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What

Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

September 30, 2014 11:35 AM PDT

Description

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.

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What

Volupial Pyrausta Moth Pyrausta volupialis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

September 30, 2014 10:38 AM PDT

Description

Quite small, perhaps 10mm.

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Western Grey Squirrel Sciurus griseus

Observer

mytilludie

Date

September 22, 2014

Description

Trying to bury his walnut in my plants!

Insects

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What

Insects Class Insecta

Observer

mytilludie

Date

September 22, 2014

Description

Flying around my yard. Seemed to be attracted to my compost.

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What

american crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

mytilludie

Date

September 21, 2014

Description

7 crows just hanging around my neighbor's yard.

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Observer

chelsyek

Date

September 14, 2014 07:54 PM PDT

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What

Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

September 16, 2014 12:52 AM PDT

Description

This year I've seen 5 or 6 of these up here; this is as close as I've gotten with a camera...

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What

Thread-waisted Wasps Family Sphecidae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

September 16, 2014 12:02 AM PDT

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Observer

icosahedron

Date

September 16, 2014 12:01 AM PDT
Fungi

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What

Fungi and Lichen Kingdom Fungi

Observer

mytilludie

Date

September 15, 2014 02:40 PM PDT

Description

Fungus found growing on a black oak tree. Roughly 1 foot off a paved trail. Cool, wet, and spongy to the touch.

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What

Western Paper Wasp Mischocyttarus flavitarsis

Observer

icosahedron

Date

September 12, 2014 12:48 AM PDT

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What

Cross Orbweaver Araneus diadematus

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 28, 2014 11:55 AM PDT

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What

Spiders Order Araneae

Observer

mytilludie

Date

September 14, 2014 03:26 PM PDT

Description

This spider likes to put her web right in the way of my face. After running into it 3 times, I think she's learning.

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What

Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

sea-kangaroo

Date

September 12, 2014 11:37 AM PDT

Description

Nest in an oak hollow.