Collected in Pepperwood Reserve elev 425 m
Open grassland; under rocks
Aggressive ant that bites and squirts formic acid
found under rock in open grassland elev 425
When squished they give off a distinctive scent... some say it smells of pineapple. All I smelled was Tapinoma.
found under rock in open grassland
Recognized by it's two distinctive castes. Small ants... barely fit on my point.
found under rock in open grassland; elev 425
Found under rock in Pepperwood Reserve.It was pretty cold in the morning so the skink didn't move much. It had a brilliant blue tail and tan/yellow stripes.
I'm told it was a juvenile. I have no idea what spp it is.
Lots of caterpillars feeding on Amorpha
Its easy to find larval lamprey's in the Russian River in the summer by digging in sandbars in about 4 feet of water. But this is the first and only time I've seen adults spawning
Spawning in Maacama Creek, a tributary of the Russian River
This weird fungus was growing in the middle of the trail, and I probably would have walked right by it if I was by myself. Someone else was clearly checking it out before us, because we found it cut like this.
Encountering all three species of newt within a meter of each other was a piece of luck! This shot shows another way to tell apart Taricha torosa and T. granulosa: in the former, the yellow coloration extends right up to the eye, and in the latter the dark coloration tends to extend below the eye. Stebbins actually says you should check the color of the lower eyelid, which seems somewhat absurd, unless it has its eye closed, like this T. granulosa does.
I think the ID is right...
Scott pointed out this aster to me. Will have to keep an eye out for flowers later.
I actually think this is Armillaria, despite its weird appearance, because growing right next to it was a more conventional-looking Armillaria-like cluster that Scott pointed out. I'm assuming there was some buried wood, but didn't check. Open to alternate suggestions.
Not the greatest pic, but it demonstrates one of the traits used to distinguish these similar species: the degree to which their eyes protrude. In Taricha granulosa (lower left), they do not protrude beyond the jaw line, but in th T. torosa (upper right), they do.
Maybe quillwort, maybe pillwort, but it doesn't seem to have that thickened base I'm seeing in other pictures. Growing at the edge of a cow pond, roots loose in the water.
Update: thanks to Tiggrx for the ID.
on the move!
On the move!
little one and a bigger one under some bark next to a scorpion
Little tiny guy next to the ensatina
Jack-o-lantern on bay!
I think bitter bolete