A score of these flitting around a local householder's trellis of blue passionflower.
This is the biggest Jerusalem Cricket I have ever seen. Found under a planter box.
Katydid insect on the side of the chicken coop. So beautiful! No, I did not feed this one to the chickens.
Found in a pile of wood in the garage. Pale green.
Growing in a watered lawn.
Growing on the lower portion of some type of planted grass. Close to the ground.
Growing along a creek.
Growing close to creek (about three feet away) in mostly gravel and sand. Fuzzy leaves.
Black and yellow stripes. Found them before flying around compost but this one was sitting on a succulent. Didn't seem bothered by me.
I suspect that this was picked up with a load of Marigolds from west Petaluma.
I didn't get it in my pictures, but the color has a dusting of purple over the dark sienna background.
Found hiding under a rock
While taking shots of the Pileated woodpecker, I saw another bird fly over to the pole and figured it was the mate of the first one. When I looked at the pic on my computer I found it to be a northern flicker instead that came over to see what the other was up to, I guess.
I first heard the call of this species and after looking around found it on the pole across the road.
Some kind of caterpillar or other type of larva found on a creeping manzanita bush.
Several males pursued this female... but she wasn't having it. A better look shows that perhaps she's past needing to mate.
Female found in my yard. Wasn't too happy that I pulled out the cape smilax she was hiding in.
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.
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.