Photo underwater. Total length just under a centimeter. Tube made from course granite sand and pine needle detritus.
Along the high trail, these were flying upslope; passing through swarms of nectaring Sierran Percopids...
Looks to me like the typical Hemileuca hera? I thought that one was more in Oregon. Since it's so pretty, I'll just post it to bug guide and get their input.
Present in the thousands right after the sun emerged at 10 o'clock.
The local guide calls this the 'forget-me-not moth'.
Robber Fly (Asilidae), unidentified, Way of the Mono Trail, Bass Lake Recreation Area, Sierra National Forest, Madera County, California - 15 June 2014. About 3,500 feet elevation.
A weed is just a misplaced flower.
Following creek on north side of the road, then came up over the road and up embankment.
I compared my specimen to multiple potential species at the Berkeley Herbarium. I found a few specimens of this species that looked exactly like mine.
Joanna Clines and Dean Kelch took a quick look at my specimen and also thought it looked like S. lasiolepis.
Leaves are glabrous above and sparsely hairy beneath
hairs 0.1 mm long
Growing on Quercus
They are shrubs or small trees. Not sure what family it's in but we think it's an ornamental.
Growing on Arctostaphylos viscida var. mariposa
Growing on Abies
I saw several of these spiders that appear to thrive on Sierra Nevada snowfields.
Growing from a sugar pine log