Found during the BioBlitz in the small redwood grove on Grouse Hill. Within 5 meters of lichens, moss, redwoods, starflowers, fungus, bay, and tan oaks.
This beetle is just hanging out on a little milkweed plant. Beetle is possibly sucking nectar or just eating the plant itself. Beetle is about half an inch and is a mixture of blue, turquoise, and purple.
Seems to be an oak gall, however, I am definitely unsure. It was found under an oak tree. Is kind of in the shape of a mushroom and is a clay brown color. There is lichen growing out of the bottom . Is a little over one inch in length. This mysterious item was found on the ground under an oak tree.
Growing in a band around turtle pond. Band of Sedges begins about 8 feet from edge of pond and is about 3 ft wide. Area around pond is exposed to direct sunlight.
Three black individuals, found near one red individual, juveniles, very sluggish movements, found under rock 3 yards from pond
In the plot, there were seven small redwoods which included one that was dead and one that had a split trunk. The plot next to this one had a huge redwood that has died due to a fire. The redwoods in this plot was probably from it's sprouts.
The green plant was on close to the ground and spread out. It looked like the leaves were on a vine. That was the only green plant that was in that plot.
There were about three poison oaks in a row all next to each other. The poison oak was small and did not had many leaves.
The moss was on the rock on its highest points. That was the only rock that had moss in that plot. The area had a lot of shade because there were many redwoods.
Aphids were on the undersides of the leaves. A black substance was on top of the leaf and a "fungus?" was growing on the excrement.
The Pepperwood Vital Signs Project gives visitors an opportunity to share their natural history observations with the preserve's community while contributing to growing citizen-science datasets on the distribution of the plants and animals of the preserve. We hope you'll add your observations each time you visit us!