Tree of Life Exercise

This was a rather difficult exercise. Even on a long hike, it was challenging to find five iconic taxa and get close enough to take a decent picture.
1) The California Poppy is a great example of a plant, the California State flower no less.
2) The Turkey Vulture is an example of a bird. They are quite prevalent around the Bay Area and I saw many on the hike.
3) The Painted Lady butterfly is a great example of an insect. It looks like a monarch but has distinct white spots on the tip of the wing and lacks "blackish margins."
4) The yellow mushroom is a fungus of course. It was almost a neon yellow, and I am still trying to ID it accurately.
5) The grainy picture of the Mule Deer is an example of a mammal. It was captured at dusk, with two other deer hiding behind the bushes.

Posted by caj392 caj392, February 13, 2013 04:23

Observations

Photos / Sounds

Observer

caj392

Date

February 4, 2013 10:00 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)

Observer

caj392

Date

February 11, 2013 12:30 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Observer

caj392

Date

February 11, 2013 12:44 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

caj392

Date

February 11, 2013 12:43 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Columbian Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus ssp. columbianus)

Observer

caj392

Date

February 12, 2013 08:16 PM PST

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