These two seemed trying to reach an understanding; then lit side-by-side on adjacent blossoms-- I presume for a snack.
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.
This insect was about 1/4 of an inch found in the mark west creek. It may be an arachnid or the thorax of an insect. The pictures have been taken through a microscope.
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.