UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, CA
Beetle in the dirt
Like the gnat in a previous Observation, this wee spider also likes reading about fractals. Who would have guessed that tiny arthropods are so fascinated by the details of complex structures?
This wee gnat enjoys reading about fractals.
This mosquito tried to bite me through my pants, but I could lift up the sheet of my pants around where it stood, leaving a big space between its mouthparts and my leg. It would try to poke around, but to no avail. It was hilarious.
Large spider living in our garden. It has been eating bees and other large insects.
An out of range bird that showed up in north Davis and was seen by many. Very small empidonax flycatcher with a big head and long primary projection.
about 2" long, 2 rows of yellow dots on the body, appeared to be covered with silver "dust".
A weed growing in my backyard. Prolific. I checked weed books, but didn't find it.
This dragonfly was sitting on a wall, lethargic presumably because it was early morning, and the night's cold had not worn off yet; so I was able to nudge it onto my thumb. I stared at it and played with it for a while, including trying unsuccessfully to feed it an aphid. At some point it started vibrating its wings, perhaps to warm itself up, and after ~20 minutes of that it flew off.
This individual is my profile picture as of 7 June 2014.
American cockroach climbing my front porch wall
Lots of hungry caterpillars out today.
Hawk eating a pigeon on a low branch next to the bike path. With the naked eye, one could see the process closely and clearly; I imagine that is a rare sight.
Another moth fly.
Moth fly. I thought these were actually tiny moths at first!
Carpet beetle, possibly Anthrenus verbasci.