First up in that area though a lot of rosettes without flowers yet.
Just a few the cattle missed.
Beginning to leaves showing both male flowers (catkins) and female flowers (small red flowers near leaves).
Beginning to leaf out and put out catkins.
It was still cool so it wasn't moving much making for an easy picture.
I am pretty sure it is a southern species, though we have both northern and southern here.
Just saw the flowers and small leaves, but no butterfly so far.
I wish the picture was better, but it was low light and my flash was too bright. This was the smallest one we saw.
I think on oak.
Our crew beat down a thicket of Blackberry to reveal a patch of ferns on this moist patch, mixed also with Coyote Brush.
At the same site we saw the California Newts in my last post, one tunnel sheltered this shy creature.
On a work crew, clearing a small hummock of Oxalis, we found a maze of tunnels housing a 'colony' of newts.
Some some abandoned larval exoskeletons too.
Ochrolechia? Lecanora seems reasonable too. Growing on a living maple branch.