What are you, bird?
Found by the front door in the early hours of the morning during a moist overcast day.
Did at least 10 short dives in the same location before disappearing.
Found mid beach, while other ochre stars were decaying from disease on the rocks at the side of the bay... This one seemed ok, other than it being exposed...
a clam used as sushi! Clam lives to 25 years.
Pacific littleneck clam.
Originally from Japan. Good to eat.
The brown outer coloring starts to peal off when dead and reveal a whitish purple shell.
There are many on this beach...
Good to eat.
Found in shade between two rocks in high tide zone
My book says it is sp. gardneri now.
Found in generally calm bay at higher tide line attached to large rocks along the shore.
Found growing on fallen Douglas Fir branch.
On flowering red maple trees. There were about three per tree... On edge of a Douglas fir forest next to a small orchard not yet flowering. First bee sighting of the season.
Image taken via stereoscope. Mites were on cacoons of blue orchard bees as I was harvesting them for storage for the winter. The mites seemed to be feeding on left over pollen. The bees were originally purchased through mail order company...
"Chaetodactylus krombeini is the typical mite associated with Osmia lignaria. The phoretic deutonymphs in the pictures look very swollen and ready to molt to tritonymphs and begin feeding on the oollen.
… Barry M. OConnor, 21 February, 2015"
White claw tips. The color varies in this species
Within two weeks 95% of this cove's seastars were rotting away. The smell was very strong. I helped with beach surveying during this summer's outbreak .
Found very early in the season. Subsequently found dead a few days later...
Male - It had huge antennas ID made by user at bugguide.net
Likes dry areas around rocks, etc.
Stunned window strike.
Juvenile? stunned by hitting a large window on my home overlooking the Salish Sea. .
Swimming W 50 meters S of Yellow Island
Half mile S of Yellow swimming NW up SJC
Two headed between Low and Shaw islands going NE