Large spider building a web next to a dirt road. Barn Spider?
Thought it was a tufted titmouse but looks like they are only in the east. Maybe it is an oak Titmouse?
Looks like a pearl crescent, but didn't bring my book with me.
Kind of look like mallards but not sure if they look different in CA.
Male and female found in the same web mass under an old log. Both were collected and after some guidance the female was identified as C. angelena using Chamberlin and Ivie's 1941 revision.
The clincher was the long scape (or stylus in Chamberlin and Ivie 1941) on the epigynum - a defining feature of the genus. It was very close to both C. restricta and C. angelena, but the stylus is white in restricta and dark in angelena. C. angelena has also been found in California while restricta has not (supporting point).
According to the revision, members of this genus are very close in appearance to Agelenopsis, requiring a detailed look at the spider's reproductive structures to distinguish them. Interestingly, the male has never been formally described.
West Coast Monarch - Male on milkweed
saw this bird quite often in California.
Commonly found buried in the sand under kelp and driftwood above the high tide line. Ventral view shows diagnostic long and divided uropods. Identified using the Tree Of Life Guide to the Marine Isopods of California:
Another hummingbird but not sure if same as the other I posted.
I saw a lot of hummingbirds but not sure if they are all the same or not. This one has a reddish spot on top of head.
On Sullivan Ridge, Santa Monica Mountains
Biking on Sullivan Ridge
Western Rattlesnake on Sullivan Ridge, Santa Monica Mountains.
Several Desert Recluses (species identity based on range) were seen under rocks in the Panoche Valley over an hour of searching. This one appears to be a pregnant female.
Mating horned lizards
The one with nipples. Accidentally added another photo
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This turret is the burrow entrance for the California Turret Spider Antrodiaetus riversi (family Antrodiaetidae). These were found along the East Ridge Trail at Armstrong Woods State Park in Sonoma Co., CA. This makes them part of the "Bay Area clade", a genetically distinct group of turret spiders found through the Coast Range mountains from Santa Cruz County to southern Humboldt County.
Hanging out on an air conditioning unit.