I cannot identify the species of this tree. Every year around the middle of summer, it bears large, spherical buds that drop from the tree all over our driveway. The outside is soft and there is a large, hard nut inside.
Swallow tail mating
Swallow tail butterflies trying to mate.
This looks like a native but was growing in someone's yard. Note the fruiting bodies in the second picture.
Most likely a cynipid wasp.
Many bees in large patch of White Sweetclover.
Large patch full of Honey Bees.
Chased off three Western Tiger Swallowtails when it first arrived. Eventually shared with them, mostly.
Large flock (at least 30) moving around high in trees alongside river.
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?