Berries turning red. Stiff green leaves. Growing in a Stormwater Detention Basin/Wildlife Habitat area. Toyon has been planted in the area, but I think this one is a volunteer.
Silverfish in a public bathroom. Sometimes, insects are more important than bowel movements.
A devilishly handsome jumping spider that hitched a ride on my bicycle.
Nymphs of some hemipteran, maybe pentatomidae or coreidae. Lots of these were walking up this wall for days.
Two juvenile mantids that had recently emerged from their ootheca; their siblings appear to have gone elsewhere.
Shield bug. Notice in the second picture that its proboscis is poking my skin and secreting a clear fluid, probably saliva. I do not know why it did this.
I found it on my patio screen. I see them most autumns in my yard in Davis, CA. Mostly light brown with a white stripe across the back. The rear tibia was wider than the rest of the leg.
I apologize for the poor cell phone photo.
Many small white flowers. Growing along the edge of a suburban landscaped public green belt.
Snakefly; there was at least one other elsewhere on the same plant, too.
Millipede walking down a wall.
Juvenile mantis, one of many in the area that I have followed for a while.
Some sort of moth with two peculiar golden lines along its wings and thorax.
Large darkling beetle found in the entrance to a little cave that would normally be the home of a ground squirrel, probably.
I was digging near some deergrass (Muhlenbergia rigens) and this little (big) guy scurried out.
Yellow Crab Spider (Misumena vatia?) blending in nicely with the yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
This mantid was quite the giant, I believe she was gravid/pregnant. Hanging out on Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
A gorgeous yet invasive garden spider. A few weeks ago there were about half a dozen of these females building their magnificent webs throughout the garden.
Spider wasp (Pompilidae) with a snack (likely a grasshopper).
A pest species with interesting feathery wings which they hold out perpendicular to their body, giving them a distinct 'T' shape.
Gulf Fritillary seen in a garden which contained Passion Vine (Passiflora), resting in the early morning on a Salvia.
UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, CA