I went back up to Somona County last week. I didn't see as many bugs as I did last time, perhaps because the weather was so warm and dry. Maybe I wasn't looking quite as hard as I did before. But I found a few that were blog-worthy.
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve was beautiful. Primeval. I was hoping I would see a banana slug...
But the path is all fenced in.
And they really don't want you going beyond the fence.
I did manage to find this millipede under a piece of rotting wood within arm's reach of the other side of the fence. (Actually, I reached over the fence to lift up the piece of wood.)
I also found this nifty yellow caterpillar there.
I found my banana slug the following day, along the coast. It was being eaten by a snake.
I thought this little spider was cute.
There were some beautiful blue butterflies on the buckwheat flowers along the coast. I managed to get one in semi-focus that showed off the blue.
This tarantula-hawk wasp was at a rest area on the way home. I guess it eats other things besides tarantulas, because it looked to be feeding on the flowers, maybe the nectar, I couldn't tell. Anyway, between the flowers waving in the breeze and the constantly-moving wasp, I was lucky to get this shot.