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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Monarchs aren't common here on our property and the few times I'd seen them over the past 10 years, I was never able to actually get a good shot of them. But lo and behold, this beauty came flitting by and then landed on the butterfly bush off of our front portico last weekend and, SNAP! Here it is, in its full unblurry glory!
11/13/16 On the Lavender Butterly Bush (Buddleia davidii) off of our front portico.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
This tiny and actually very cute (as far as bats go) native vesper bat flew into our master bedroom through the open sliding doors of the balcony at around 12:45am. I was brushing my teeth just before turning in and saw this thing fluttering around and thought it was a giant moth until it landed on the curtains. OMG! I scrambled downstairs to get the camera and our iPhones and Gil and I started snapping away but, since it was pretty dark, most of the shots didn't turn out very well. Shortly thereafter, using a bucket and a piece of cardboard, I gently coaxed it off of the curtains into the bucket and released it back to the outdoors. Of course, over the next few days, Gil kept asking me in a rather smirky fashion if I had any unusual aversion to water. Yeah, right, Gil - I know our pooches are vaccinated for rabies, but I'm not. Rabies notwithstanding, it was an awesome experience!
According to the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Geometer moths "make up one of our largest moth families, with more than 1,400 species in the U.S. and Canada." Larval hosts include Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina), Skunkbush (Rhus trilobata) and gooseberries (Ribes sp.)
5/11/15 A cool-looking green moth that I almost dismissed as an errant leaf that blew into our master bedroom from the balcony.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Thanks to Gary Nafis at www.californiaherps.com, I was able to ID this guy as a Granite Spiny Lizard. He (not Gary) was basking on the redwood deck in our back patio - I guess a good alternative to hanging out on large granite outcroppings - go figure.
4/24/16 Granite Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus orcutti).