Pholcophora americana (Pholcidae, cellar spiders), adult female, 3-mm long, Pine Mountain Lookout Cabin, Mendocino National Forest, Lake County, California - 14 August 2014. Found with an adult male under a log. Although this is apparently our most widespread and abundant native pholcid, very little is known about its natural history. Most of the cellar spiders seen in and around homes were introduced from other continents. Link to diagnostic photomicrographs of this spider on Bug Guide: bugguide.net/node/view/998675
This little mouse, perhaps 2-3 inches long without the tail, was foraging for food in the cabin at night. Although perhaps a House Mouse would be the expected species, the eyes look big and the tail somewhat bicolored, so I'm wondering if this could be Peromyscus instead?
Found this poor little guy dead in the middle of the road.
I love milkweed flowers, unfortunately I just missed these ones. Found this small group of plants growing along the roadside.
Found this growing the in sandy portions of a alluvial fan of a dried up creek. Is this Kalamath weed?
Brain fart, I can't remember what this shrub is called. Buckbrush?
Seen a lot of garter snakes while swimming on the river. This was the only one that had red markings. All the others were black and yellow.
What's another word for poop, that starts with S and ends with T kids?
Pretty fresh stuff, I would say that it was laid down the night before.
Seen on the Sunset campground nature trail. Growing in the thick of the chaparral among lots of chamise, and manzanitas. Soil was poor, kinda sandy, and conditions were very very hot and dry. There was a interpretive guide, but it simply referred to this shrub as a scrub oak.
Went camping for a couple days with the family. Lake Pillsbury is one of our favorite places to go. It is a little off the beaten trail, but its definitely worth it. The lake was only 40 percent full this time we visited, which meant there was no good swimming water immediately by the campground. We ended up driving around the lake to where the Lake Pillsbury Resort is located and swam there for a while.
Sunset campground, site 6
Oregon white oak observed on the Sunset campground nature trial. Growing on the fringe of a oak pine woodland and the chaparral.
Huge old madrone found on the Sunset campground nature trail.
Tule Elk grazing on Gravelly Valley above Lake Pillsbury, in the upper Eel River basin in Lake County
Rattlesnake near Soda Creek, a tributary to the Upper Eel River.
Western Pond Turtle in Soda Creek, a tributary to the Upper Eel River.
this snake was about three feet long and lying off to the side of he road when i spotted it. it was very sunny out about mid day so it was probably trying to catch some sun. it stayed there for a while so i could take a picture and then slithered off the road into the grass
i was gathering some fire wood and turned over a log only to find this scorpion that was about the size of a silver dollar. it didnt move much and was in no hurry to get away so i let it be
I saw a black bodied caterpillar that had red nodules up and down its back. Each nodule had a tuft of hair coming out of it. My mom touched the hairs and a milky white liquid appered on the hairs. My mom later complained her finger was numb after she touched it.
non-native to California
Tule Elk - Cervus elaphus nannodes
I'm not exactly sure on the id here.
A extremely common lizard to be found in California. Also unique is it's defense against Lyme disease. The lizard has a protein in its blood that kills off Lyme disease. I often will catch these lizards in the spring and early summer to find behind their partial gular folds a horde of tiny sub-adult ticks. One time I found 14 ticks on one lizard. Eventually the ticks will out grow the lizard and come looking for a larger meal, namely myself hiking along the trail. Thankfully enough the lizard has neutralized the potential risk for lyme disease in the ticks. Of course there are still many different vectors for the disease to be spread eg (deer, kangaroo rats, dogs), but none-the-less we can be grateful to our scale blue bellied friends.