Hensley Lake, Madera County foothills
Found in merky water with ample vegetation.
Cornfield being harvested, approximately 30 to 40 hawks circling over the field, they dispersed after the completion of the harvesting.
Head of reptile and blue checkered back, rest of body buried in gopher mound. We did not wish to disturb it, so took picture as it was. Went in house to Google id, gone when returned. Now I wish we had gotten more information.
See attached image.
Acc'd to our database: 'pollinated by swallowtails...' . This a tantalizing thought! But I've not seen swallowtails on this trail, unless you count Parnassians.
Two males; and what I think a lady copper in a poor third photo.
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.