Lorquin admirals on horse dung
Mourning cloak butterfly on Harding grass
An elegant moth from border of chapparal and mixed evergreen forest. Probably a geometrid, Scopula sp. About 3 cm wingtip to wingtip.
California sister on coyote brush
Skipper on a thistle
A fritillary, Speyeria sp. Probably S. coronis or S. callippe. El Corte de Madera OSP.
Checkerspot on yellow mariposa lily
Orange sulfur? At Arastradero OSP.
Blues at Russian Ridge parking lot
Blue on yellow (mariposa lily) at Monte Bello OSP
Blue or hairstreak of some sort. Perched patiently while I set up the photo, but it never showed the dorsal sides of its wings.
Butterfly that was possibly ovipositing on coffeeberry tree, El Corte de Madera OSP.
Possibly ovipositing on coffeeberry tree, El Corte de Madera OSP.
Underwing or sphinx moth or something similar (at our home in Palo Alto)
Moth (male, by the antennae) on a composite blossom.
Moth at Filoli.
Pupal case of a case-bearer moth from coyote brush. Monte Bello OSP.
Caterpillar trying to move from one inflorescence to another. Windy Hill OSP.
Caterpillar on the trail at Russian Ridge. This guy was really in a hurry; I estimated that he was flat out racing at 0.03 km/h.
Caterpillar hanging from coast live oak (silken thread not visible).
Caterpillar on ceanothus
Caterpillars on ceanothus
Cicada on wild oats, Russian Ridge OSP, 18July2010.
Cicada from Monte Bello OSP, on wild oats
A cicada exuvia.
Some sort of Hemipteran nymph, only 1-2 mm long, from a swarm on a trail at Russian Ridge OSP.
Swarm of Hemipteran nymphs on trail at Russian Ridge OSP.
Plant bugs on Harding grass (but if plant bugs they should have sucking mouthparts, and what are they eating on dry grass?). Russian Ridge OSP, 18July2010.
Pretty water boatman (cropped photo).
Spittle bug. El Corte de Madera OSP.
Assassin bug. Pretty spectacular leg and antenna banding! Probably Apiomerus cf. crassipes.
Bee assassin, Apiomerus, with beetle prey on a yellow mariposa lily at Monte Bello OSP.
Bee assassin, Apiomerus, on a yellow mariposa lily at Monte Bello OSP.
Bee assassin, Apiomerus sp., on my hand. A fly landed on my hand, too, and the assassin started to move towards it (the fly flew away).
Assassin bug (Apiomerus) from Los Trancos.
Reduviid found on probably spider egg case under a log at Los Trancos OSP.