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Paloma Encinera Patagioenas fasciata

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nvhamlett

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Septiembre 6, 2020 04:30 PM PDT

Descripción

All of the nearby natural areas are closed because of fires and excessive heat, so I made a few observations in my yard to have something to contribute to California Biodiversity Day.

It was 109° when these pictures were taken, and this was one hot pigeon. Its beak is open because it's doing the avian equivalent of panting. It flew from the pine tree to crape myrtle, then down to the fountain for a drink, after which it seemed much happier.

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Chara Californiana Aphelocoma californica

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nvhamlett

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Septiembre 6, 2020 04:24 PM PDT

Descripción

The natural areas around here are all closed (excessive heat and fires), so an observation from home it is for California Biodiversity Day!

It was 109° here when I took these photos. Although Scrub-Jays often have their mouths open for squawking, this one in my front yard was doing the bird equivalent of panting.

It's sitting in one of the crape myrtle street trees.

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nvhamlett

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Septiembre 7, 2020 02:55 PM PDT

Descripción

Lots of Valley Lessingia blooming now in the fire roads, trails, and other open spaces at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station. The plants have a strong, distinctive odor.

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Abeja Melífera Europea Apis mellifera

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nvhamlett

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Septiembre 7, 2020 02:44 PM PDT

Descripción

It was a hot day, and a number of Western Honey Bees were coming for a drink at the shore of pHake Lake at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station.

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Avispa Chaqueta Amarilla Occidental Vespula pensylvanica

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Septiembre 7, 2020 02:45 PM PDT

Descripción

It was a hot day, and this Western Yellowjacket came for a drink of water at the shore pHake Lake at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station.

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Zurcidora Migratoria Común Anax junius

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nvhamlett

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Septiembre 7, 2020 02:39 PM PDT

Descripción

Mating Common Green Darners (Anax junius) on pHake Lake at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station. The plant they're on is Ludwigia repens (Water Primrose).

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Araña Plateada de Jardín Argiope argentata

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nvhamlett

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Agosto 28, 2020 11:10 AM PDT

Descripción

Silver Garden Orbweaver on its web on California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) beside Webb Canyon Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

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Observ.

nvhamlett

Fecha

Septiembre 1, 2020 01:48 PM PDT

Descripción

Found just past the Via Santa Catarina entrance to Johnson's Pasture Road and the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The immediate area had a lot of non-native grass, which had been mowed, and now had a lot of Vinegar Weed (Trichostema lanceolatum) in bloom, Doveweed (Croton setiger), and some California Poppies (Eshscholzia californica).

Both iNat and BugGuide show only 2 species of Physocephala in the California – P. texana and P. burgessi. The gold dusting on the abdomen and the broad black area on the dorsum of the thorax indicate that this is P. texana and not P. burgessi (see https://bugguide.net/node/view/326275).

(The iNat "Computer Vision" suggested a different species of Physocephala that is not found in California.)

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Pequeña Chinche del Algodoncillo Lygaeus kalmii

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Agosto 28, 2020 11:17 AM PDT

Descripción

This Small Milkweed Bug (Lygaeus kalmii) was first spotted on Woolypod Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa), as shown in the second photo, but it jumped off onto some adjacent oats (Avena sp.).

Next to Webb Canyon Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

I have spotted many Large Milkweed Bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) in the Wilderness Park – primarily on A. fascicularis, but this is the first time I've spotted L. kalmii.

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Observ.

nvhamlett

Fecha

Agosto 28, 2020 10:52 AM PDT

Descripción

The bee fly Exoprosopa doris on California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) by the side of Johnson's Pasture Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Agosto 28, 2020 10:30 AM PDT

Descripción

Bee fly on California Buckwheat (riogonum fasciculatum) on the side of Johnson's Pasture Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

I'm wondering if this might be Neodiplocampta mira or perhaps a Paravilla sp.?

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Saltarina Blanca Norteña Heliopetes ericetorum

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Agosto 28, 2020 10:28 AM PDT

Descripción

Northern White Skipper nectaring on California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) on the side of Johnson's Pasture Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

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nvhamlett

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Marzo 22, 2020 01:49 PM PDT

Descripción

Two Crotch's Bumble Bees (Bombus crotchii) were observed on Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) at the Claremont Colleges Bernard Field Station (BFS). These bees were conspicuously large, so I think they were queens, which would be consistent with the March sighting date.

The Black Sage plants these bees were on are part of the plantings around the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. The plantings are all of native plants that occur on the BFS, and they were propagated by California Botanic Garden from indigenous plants on the site.

The other individual (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/56541202) had something on the back of its thorax that I think are pollinia. I am not sure what the source of these might be. Nothing blooming at the BFS at the time had pollinia. It's possible some of the neighboring houses had orchids in bloom. At least one of the neighbors has grown orchids in the past.

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Marzo 22, 2020 01:50 PM PDT

Descripción

Two Crotch's Bumble Bees (Bombus crotchii) were observed on Black Sage (Salvia mellifera) at the Claremont Colleges Bernard Field Station (BFS). These bees were conspicuously large, so I think they were queens, which would be consistent with the March sighting date.

The Black Sage plants these bees were on are part of the plantings around the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. The plantings are all of native plants that occur on the BFS, and they were propagated by California Botanic Garden from indigenous plants on the site.

This individual had something on the back of its thorax that I think are pollinia. I am not sure what the source of these might be. Nothing blooming at the BFS at the time had pollinia. It's possible some of the neighboring houses had orchids in bloom. At least one of the neighbors has grown orchids in the past.

The observation for the other individual seen at the same time is here - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/56541203.

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nvhamlett

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Julio 30, 2020 09:23 AM PDT

Descripción

Growing on the side of Johnson's Pasture Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Calystegia macrostegia was growing through it. Other nearby vegetation consisted mainly of non-native grasses and mustard.

You can hardly see the flowers in the photo of the whole plant unless you enlarge it, but in person, they really "popped".

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nvhamlett

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Agosto 3, 2020 10:38 AM PDT

Descripción

On Narrowleaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) in the Johnson's Pasture area of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Milkweed pollinia are visible on the corbicula.

This is the same location where I saw a number of Crotch's Bumble Bees in August 2019 (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/48820535).

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Abejitas del Sudor Avispadas Género Lasioglossum

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 30, 2020 09:19 AM PDT

Descripción

On California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica).

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Escarabajos Y Parientes Orden Coleoptera

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 30, 2020 09:17 AM PDT

Descripción

This tiny beetle was on Croton setiger (Turkey Mullein or Doveweed). For a sense of scale, you can see this beetle in the lower right corner in the photo for the C. setiger observation (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/55823648).

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 30, 2020 09:17 AM PDT

Descripción

Quite a few of these were growing near the Johnson's Pasture entrance to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. This is a disturbed area consisting primarily of non-native grasses (Avena and Bromus species that is mowed at least once a year. California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica and Vinegarweed (Trichostema lanceolatum) also pop up in this area.

The tiny beetle in the lower right has its own observation here - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/55823649.

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Mariposa Cometa Golondrina Pálida Papilio eurymedon

Observ.

nvhamlett

Fecha

Agosto 3, 2020 10:20 AM PDT

Descripción

On Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina) in a grove of oaks and laurel sumacs adjacent to a meadow of non-native grass. Off Webb Canyon Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, in the same location as this one. There seem to be quite a few of these lately in this general area.

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Observ.

nvhamlett

Fecha

Agosto 3, 2020 10:17 AM PDT

Descripción

This bee fly had been flying low and slow over the trail then landed briefly on some dead vegetation on the side of the trail. In the Johnson's Pasture area of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

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Amapola de California Eschscholzia californica

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 30, 2020 09:19 AM PDT

Descripción

Quite a few patches of these growing near the Via Santa Catarina entrance to the Johnson's Pasture area of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

The adjacent vegetation is primarily non-native grass, reflecting this area's history as a pasture.

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Saltarina Blanca Nublada Lerodea eufala

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 30, 2020 10:00 AM PDT

Descripción

On Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina) in a grove of oaks and laurel sumacs adjacent to a meadow of non-native grass. Off Webb Canyon Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

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Mariposa Cometa Golondrina Pálida Papilio eurymedon

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 30, 2020 09:59 AM PDT

Descripción

On Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina) in a grove of oaks and laurel sumacs adjacent to a meadow of non-native grass. Off Webb Canyon Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

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Mariposa Azufre Sin Nubes Phoebis sennae

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 18, 2020 12:10 PM PDT

Descripción

Flying around and landing in a large Coffeeberry (Frangula californica) southeast of pHake Lake at the Claremont Colleges' Bernard Field Station.

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 1, 2020 03:50 PM PDT

Descripción

This bumble bee was very busy on a small patch of Deerweed (Acmispon glaber) beside Johnson's Pasture Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. It was in the afternoon and windy, and the bee was deep inside the Deerweed and difficult to photograph. It does have a yellow face, and I believe the yellow abdominal band is on T3, which would indicate Van Dyke's Bumble Bee (Bombus vandykei), and the computer vision agrees. It also just looks different – although it's hard to describe how – from the Yellow-faced Bumble Bee (Bombus vosnesenskii), which is the most common bumble bee in these parts.

This bee was joined by a second individual. I think the photos are all of the same individual, but I'm not 100% certain.

The general habitat is dominated by non-native invasive grasses, especially Avena and Bromus species, since this area was historically a pasture. There are, however, patches of native sage scrub and chaparral shrubs, and also native annuals and perennials scattered about.

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nvhamlett

Fecha

Julio 1, 2020 05:47 PM PDT

Descripción

Growing on the shoulder of Johnson's Pasture Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Surrounding vegetation included Eriogonum fasciculatum, Artemisia californica, and non-native grasses, Avena and Bromus.

I think this must be a Grindelia (and the computer vision agrees), but I've never seen this genus before, and I do not feel confident to name a species.

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nvhamlett

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Julio 6, 2019 03:57 PM PDT

Descripción

This bumble bee was on purple nightshade (Solanum umbelliferum or Solanum xantii) next to Evey-Palmer Mountainway. It was a low-light situation (late in the day in the shade), so I'm afraid the photos are rather blurry.

Yellow T3 indicates that this is Bombus vandykei instead of the more common B. vosnesenskii. It looks like most of the yellow hair on the face has worn off, but there are yellow hairs on the top of the head.

ID confirmed on BugGuide by @johnascher (https://bugguide.net/node/view/1838373).

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nvhamlett

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Junio 18, 2020 05:23 PM PDT

Descripción

Thisbe's Tarantula Hawk on Narrowleaf Milkweed by the side of Johnson's Pasture Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

The dark subterminal band on the wings with the distal hyaline area shows this to be P. thisbe. The straight antennae indicate that it's a male.

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Algodoncillo de Hojas Delgadas Asclepias fascicularis

Observ.

nvhamlett

Fecha

Junio 18, 2020 05:23 PM PDT

Descripción

Narrowleaf Milkweed growing by the side of Johnson's Pasture Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

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