Monday, December 31, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Mystery larva from Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens
Nice pollen bags.
Dogpile of milkweed bugs.
Spider's lunch time.
I picked out a bunch of other miscellaneous, mostly plant-related pictures and put them on my Flickr page, if you want to see them.
I mainly wanted to find some nice shells and rocks, which I have posted here. I wasn't really looking for bugs, but I found some anyway.
I noticed this butterfly at the bottom of the trail. It was incredibly tiny. I later found out it's a Westerm Pygmy Blue, the smallest butterfly in North America.
This small tidepool snail had a nice pinkish-purplish crust of some sort.
I found this bee struggling desperately at the edge of the surf. I rescued her, but quickly realized there was little chance of her surviving the chilly night to come, much less returning to her hive, so I euthanized her quickly under my shoe.
This ladybug stood out against the drab gray shrub. It looks like there might have been something edible, like a scale or something, on the plant.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Yes, I still have my snail. He's been doing really well. His shell continues to grow and develop its pattern, even in what were once the lumpy places. Not only that, but I think he's about double the size he was when I first found him.
This little area is the only part that is still bumpy and "unfinished"
Here he is cruising around on my lawn. I had the idea of releasing him on Christmas Day, but I'm not really sure where I want to let him go yet.
Monday, December 17, 2007
The monarch caterpillar population at the arboretum is growing this month. There's still a pretty good amount of milkweed leaves for them, but sometimes there will be 2 or more in very close proximity. I made a little video clip of a larger caterpillar "picking" on a smaller one who's perched on a leaf the bigger one is trying to eat.