This appeared at our window last night & I almost had a heart attack:
It's a ceanothus silkmoth (ID thanks to @CrawliesWithCri), 3.5-5 inch wingspan. AMAZING.
Just look at that gorgeous abdomen! So stylish, jeepers.
After taking some photos w/my confused camera (why shooting at night??)
I went back inside & turned off our lights so it would stop being confused by us,
and continue on toward finding a mate, or whatever it would normally do. =)
So, walking in the dark house, smiling quietly,
my husband said, "Welcome to Samantha National Park."
I'm glad he understands. =)
Baby Blue Eyes and Friends
Photographed first baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii) on our property this year, March 3rd.
When I uploaded the photo, saw I captured one of
the so tiny (presumed) globular springtails in focus. So cute!
If you scroll back up to the flower photo, can you find the tiny bug?
For amazing shots of all kinds of these cuties,
much clearer, and much closer up,
check out Ed Phillip's photos on Flickr.
Truly, his work is superb,
and there's such diverse colors & patterns in these species.
He finds them in leaf piles on the ground. So, so cool.
Love and Death
Just this morning, saw evidence of a spidery romance on our window...
I think it's a female up top, and a male down below.
"So, Bob. How'd the date go last night?"
Presumed female looks as innocent as possible...
batting her perty eyelashes.
Dating in the spider world is risky business.
Teddybears of the insect world, a bee fly appeared recently.
Super hard species to get good photos of--they're very speedy and restless.
For much better photos:
The subfamily Bombyliinae has lots of the fuzzy types.
Check out this shot--WOW. SO CUTE!
We flung out some birdseed & got lovely visitors, including this spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus).
The redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia) is blooming--it's an extremely subtle event.
At least to us. Lots of tiny bugs are floating around it, so for them it's shouting.
Those teensy green blooms are barely discernible to my eyes.
Squinting hard I can pick out the white stigma to know which are open.
Miner's lettuce (Claytonia spp.) is also blooming happily.
Another fan of the birdseed: a brave western gray squirrel.
And last, early for Easter, a black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) plays peek-a-boo.