Near the end of the ivy flowers; but they are still pungent, and attractive to bees,hoverflies, ants and others. This afternoon: covered with bluebottles.
Usually doesn't seem much of a nectaring plant; I think fritillaries gather here because of a trellis of passion vine about 10 feet away.
I found this wasp eating Hemileuca eglanterina caterpillars that I was trying to rear in my back yard.
Size: 1.5 CM 5/8"
Found this mushroom in a planter strip. It looked old because of the condition it was in. There were 3 of them the largest about 6 or 7" in Dia.
Ring of Mourning Cloak ova. About 1" long and containing about 75ova +/-.
A score of these flitting around a local householder's trellis of blue passionflower.
I think this is R. californica but haven't verified that yet
The zoom makes this almost look like a tucan chilling in a rainforest because of the giant leaves and the long range zoom. Really, he's sitting on a Eucalyptus tree and the shot was taken under an apple tree. I think there is a nest up there because I see groups of them roosting up there daily.