A score of these flitting around a local householder's trellis of blue passionflower.
LANDED IN FRONT OF MY WILDLIFE CAMERA
Found in a pile of wood in the garage. Pale green.
Growing in a watered lawn.
Growing on the lower portion of some type of planted grass. Close to the ground.
Growing along a creek.
Growing close to creek (about three feet away) in mostly gravel and sand. Fuzzy leaves.
Black and yellow stripes. Found them before flying around compost but this one was sitting on a succulent. Didn't seem bothered by me.
I suspect that this was picked up with a load of Marigolds from west Petaluma.
I didn't get it in my pictures, but the color has a dusting of purple over the dark sienna background.
Several males pursued this female... but she wasn't having it. A better look shows that perhaps she's past needing to mate.
Female found in my yard. Wasn't too happy that I pulled out the cape smilax she was hiding in.
Half a dozen insects--I include shots of 4-- circling a nice old passion vine. I'm guessing the second image is of a female( said to be paler), the first and third are males.
Found no larvae; but I'll be back to check.
Joining the much larger European Hoverflies on the white zinnias were a few of these.
These deferred in every case to the nectaring fiery skippers and their larger cousins, darting about restlessly until a flower was free.
While their large cousins rocked up and down while feeding, these stood immobile on the flower.
A Sandhill Skipper? Never seen one up here; certainly harder to tell with older individuals...
13cm arboreal salamander
Underneath a shelf in my quiet garage. Chaotic web; but full of dead spiders.
What's it doing with the egg-mass?
Huge worm found in my garden. My mom pulled it out of a hole near some squash.
Found in the dirt below a potted bean plant in my garden.
This individual lives in our ladder; usually stored in deep shade hanging against a fence.
For the last week I've had it out to paint part of our garage. The spider--which is keeping what seem to be two egg-cases-- is satisfied to stay... She does move about to be as much out of the sun as possible.