Found near the Scorpion Harbor campground. The Santa Cruz Skipper is a subspecies of the widespread Woodland Skipper and is endemic to California's Channel Islands.
This individual had a large web in an agave. It's body length was nearly an inch, and while not visible in the pictures, it had the long spinnerets that distinguish the genera Agelenenopsis and Calilena.
Calilena are generally grayer and tend to build their funnlewebs under debris and close to the ground while western Agelenopsis are more tan and generally build large webs that are elevated with a wide, deep funnel retreat.
A widespread, introduced species in California.
While introduced to California, the Red-eared slider is widespread and established, especially in southern California's suburban and urban wetlands.
a turtle the neighbors found wandering in the neighborhood
Wonderful fragrance, waxy tubular flowers
Female: on Eriogonum sp.