Lots of windfall fruit: you'd think you're in an Olive grove.
These a bit weathered… I've often seen new ones with the prominences tipped in gold.
Quite a few still, pursuing each other around this plot of yellow star thistle and fading english plantain. This pair taking a break in the watery sunshine of this blustery morning.
Rained last few days, high 30's last night, 59 now; but still flying...
On a moribund douglas fir.
Still blooming in the dry fields of November.
Lots and lots of these up here; but not many sport acorns.
My guide says the four hindwing spots are supposed to be 'all black'...
I saw one of these downtown this week, and got excited because I usually see West Coast ladies. Thought to check today in the hills; and saw dozens.
I've assumed this foreleg came from one of our black-tailed deer. Nice demonstration of cruciate ligament anatomy.
My dog found this for me.
Sometimes known as the 'Red Admirable'.
Growing next to a small stream on the service road. I've not seen any other of these in the park.
Very small and inconspicuous, just rising out of the dead grasses.
Mold on a dying bigleaf maple leaf? Strange that the remaining chlorophyl should surround these black colonies.
Like the blues: smaller now.
See these early and late in the year; but always a struggle to get a good photo of a nervous and dun-colored creature.