On Fountain Grove in Santa Rosa.
An area planted with 'native' low water use vegetation after development. Season for blooms mostly over, so what's visible are a few flowers and some brown seeds.
How is this distinguished from the California buckwheat?
Along Fountain Grove
probably planted when development was built.
Along Brush Creek.
This moth was found sitting on California bay (possibly!) The picture does not quite show the greeny tinge to the pale brown colour, and the wings looked a little translucent. About 2-3 cm long with a furry body. Awesome stripy legs!
Cool things always at these porch lights...
Coolest thing to watch this morning with my cup of coffee from the deck of the Field Station.
Slow moving over the slope beyond us. Bob said it was a female ( grey )
Glad my friend Bob Hall joined me to walk me through the birds in the morning....
Stayed in the Bechtel House the night before my class...
Saw quite a few, and they were predictably in and around oaks, near the top.
We saw these mud-puddling at a drying up pond at the preserve.
Many, many of these around the coyote brush.
Saw various examples in and around the coyote brush in full sun between 11am-1pm. I learned today that these butterflies early in the season are more on the green end of the spectrum, and those born later in the season are born lighter - this is presumed to be a blending into the drying grasses.
At a Butterfly class, we saw one in the native garden behind the Dwight Center.
New for the Preserve List I was told...
Counted ten of these along the road tonight. I know they got rain here yesterday so perhaps this got them hopping? Still very dry.
Teach a Butterfly Class up here in the morning. Excited to come up the night before and see seven species in this uber-dry oak forest..