L. McCubbin, C. Darling, F. Leist, A. Pence;
Black spider with largish palps, about 2 cm long, found indoors. Black abdomen with glossy "hairs", black thorax, legs black and brown.
Crossing the fire road; sluggish and moving as if it had recently eaten.
Simono, I.Katten, V.Smith, ME.Hannibal, N.Morganstein
nest of marsh wren; woven basket in cattails; approx. 4 inches deep and 3 inches wide at opening.
female with food - not sure what: grasshopper or mantis
succulent-like leaves; likely some sort of tarweed or madia species
non-sticky plant in coastal oak savannah habitat;
gall insect on willow leaf
It appears that there are two insects here - the gall-producing insect on a willow leaf and a secondary thing - a leaf-hopper maybe, with its larvae. the adult is visible at the lower right of the main cluster. That insect is the subject of this observation.