Seldom seen up here this year.
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.
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...
Underneath a shelf in my quiet garage. Chaotic web; but full of dead spiders.
What's it doing with the egg-mass?
Mystery oak gall, soft and spongy, on leather oak. Pepperwood Preserve near Dwight Center.
about 20 feet tall. at first I thought it was a toyon but the fruit isn't growing in clusters like toyon.