Another of the many varieties of bees found in the beach hill garden. The Megachile genus are solitary bees that cut peaces of leaf to build nests hence the common name leaf cutter bee.
more black and more yellow on their head (plumage) establish dominance over strangers but if they know each other, it won't matter.
I'd originally IDed these as pseudacris tadpoles, but an experienced herper on Flickr corrected me. I'm excited about this one, as if he's right, this would mark the first time CA Toads have bred in this pond in close to a decade!
melanistic subgroup of the eastern gray squirrel.