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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

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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Blue Oak Quercus douglasii

Observer

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

Observer

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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gall

Observer

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

Observer

codyhough

Date

August 24, 2015

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Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

Observer

codyhough

Date

August 24, 2015 02:48 PM MDT
Birds

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Birds Class Aves

Observer

isabel4

Date

August 23, 2015 04:16 PM PDT

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Norway Rat Rattus norvegicus

Observer

richardwasson

Date

August 21, 2015

Description

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

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Sachem Atalopedes campestris

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 16, 2015 10:13 AM PDT

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Meadow Rue Genus Thalictrum

Observer

richardwasson

Date

August 19, 2015

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Twinberry Honeysuckle Lonicera involucrata

Observer

richardwasson

Date

August 19, 2015

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Cattails Genus Typha

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 19, 2015 11:24 AM PDT

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bulrush Genus Scirpus

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 19, 2015 10:44 AM PDT

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Bee Flies Family Bombyliidae

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 19, 2015 11:39 AM PDT

Description

Small fly, less than 10mm.

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nodding bur-marigold Bidens cernua

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 19, 2015 10:34 AM PDT

Description

Extensive stands of this where the drying marsh has receded.

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Damselflies Suborder Zygoptera

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 19, 2015 11:42 AM PDT

Description

Northern spreadwing?

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California Darner Rhionaeschna californica

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 19, 2015 11:59 AM PDT

Description

Never seemed to land; this is the best I could get.

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Common Oleander Nerium oleander

Observer

richardwasson

Date

August 18, 2015

Description

This must have be planted but they seem to have gone wild.

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Shelf Fungi Order Polyporales

Observer

richardwasson

Date

August 18, 2015

Description

This pine tree was killed by this fungus or the fungus invaded it after it died.

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Common Fruit Fly Drosophila melanogaster

Observer

richardwasson

Date

August 18, 2015

Description

These guys are enough to make me believe in spontaneous generation.

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Crystalline Gall Wasp Andricus crystallinus

Observer

bjoelle

Date

August 18, 2015 09:32 AM PDT

Description

One tree seemed overloaded with these galls, especially on certain leaves that were nearly covered. Other examples were on brown, fallen leaves on the ground.

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White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

Observer

nelruzam

Date

August 16, 2015 01:03 PM PDT

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Jagged Ambush Bugs Genus Phymata

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 15, 2015 01:09 PM PDT

Description

On the street in front of King's Nursery.

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Western Pond Turtle Actinemys marmorata

Observer

dave-barry

Date

August 15, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

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icosahedron

Date

August 13, 2015 01:52 PM PDT

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Manzanita Leafgall Aphid Tamalia coweni

Observer

dave-barry

Date

August 14, 2015

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California Maidenhair Fern Adiantum jordanii

Observer

zcmacphearson

Date

May 23, 2015 01:52 PM PDT

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swinquist

Date

August 10, 2015

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Observer

mattsanders1

Date

August 10, 2015 06:39 PM PDT

Description

Although there wasn't many redwoods where I visited they were many in the surrounding areas, and there was an abundance of other species of plants and trees. One thing that was extremely prevalent was how dry everything was. You could drop a match and this place would burn faster than a cigarette. The toll that the lack of rain has been taking on our state parks is devastating.

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Red Cone Gall Wasp Andricus kingi

Observer

icosahedron

Date

August 10, 2015 09:29 AM PDT