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Ornate Checkered Beetle Trichodes ornatus

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naturephotosuze

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May 11, 2021 01:00 PM PDT

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Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary

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Behr's Hairstreak Satyrium behrii

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naturephotosuze

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May 11, 2021 12:24 PM PDT

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Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary
On brittlebush

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Geometer Moths Family Geometridae

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aither

Date

May 1, 2021 08:43 PM HKT

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西貢CYR (Google, OSM)

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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sara_medina

Date

May 2, 2021 05:59 PM PDT

Description

Eating carnations from a graveyard flower arrangement.

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Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas

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wsweet321

Date

May 1, 2021 03:12 PM EDT

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Flax-flowered Linanthus Leptosiphon liniflorus

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naturephotosuze

Date

April 30, 2021 11:20 AM PDT

Description

Carrizo Plain

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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sara_medina

Date

May 1, 2021 04:41 PM PDT

Description

Chewing on landscape flowers (lantana).

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Crotch's Bumble Bee Bombus crotchii

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kimssight

Date

April 30, 2021 03:52 PM PDT

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Pacific Green Small-Mason Hoplitis fulgida ssp. platyura

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gregslak

Date

April 26, 2021 02:22 PM PDT

Description

Landed on a log along the trail behind the Nature Center while I was birding.

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Monarch Danaus plexippus

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sfelton

Date

April 24, 2021 03:48 PM PDT

Description

Number: 7

I considered pulling this milkweed plant out before the caterpillars showed up this year because, when the tachinid flies show up, the monarch larvae are doomed.

But the tachinids don't appear until the heat sets in and stays for more than a few days. We had a few warm days, but now we are enjoying a run of cool weather.

I think this group caterpillars has probably not been parasitized.

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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jim_carretta

Date

April 21, 2021 04:28 PM PDT

Place

Miramar (Google, OSM)

Description

Bobcat scat on left, coyote on right. Photo taken as found together.

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Sierra Nevada Mountain Beaver Aplodontia rufa ssp. californica

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rjadams55

Date

March 30, 2021 12:35 PM PDT

Description

I have to admit, the Mountain Beaver is an animal I have wanted to see for many years, but chalked it up there with Spotted Bat and Pygmy Sperm Whale in that I know they are out there, but the odds of me finding one are......

So, I was more than delighted to have been able to spend a good 15 minutes watching this one at close range as it repeatedly carried mouthfuls of dry grass and green conifer twigs to its burrow under the snow.

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Davidson's Longhorn Tetraloniella davidsoni

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sfelton

Date

April 17, 2021 10:27 AM PDT

Description

Resting on a Coast Morning Glory, top of Elliott Peak.

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Chocolate Lily Fritillaria biflora

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sfelton

Date

April 7, 2021 11:18 AM PDT

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Nelson's Antelope Squirrel Ammospermophilus nelsoni

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naturephotosuze

Date

April 3, 2021 10:40 AM PDT

Description

Carrizo Plain
Mom and her three youngsters.

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Bindweed Turret Bee Diadasia bituberculata

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sfelton

Date

April 2, 2021 10:13 AM PDT

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Spotted Crake Porzana porzana

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karakaxa

Date

April 4, 2021 02:19 PM +03

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naturephotosuze

Date

March 28, 2021 03:17 PM PDT

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Tujunga Wash

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Davidson's Longhorn Tetraloniella davidsoni

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sfelton

Date

March 20, 2021 03:56 PM PDT

Description

I found this bee resting in a Calystegia flower. I carefully tore the flower open to see and photograph the bee. Having destroyed the bee's resting place/shelter, I placed an edge of the torn flower so it overlapped with another, undamaged flower of the same plant. The bee, after feeding on the damaged flower, crawled into the bottom of the undamaged flower and returned to the same position/resting state in which I found him.

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Long-bodied Cellar Spider Pholcus phalangioides

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rjadams55

Date

March 23, 2021 11:46 AM PDT

Description

A predatory story.

The night before, I saw a fairly large Long-bodied Cellar Spider feeding on this captured dark-bodied spider. When I came back the next morning, I was surprised to find it still feeding, However, on closer inspection, It wasn't feeding on the larger spider, but on the body of a much smaller Long-bodied Cellar Spider that was wrapped up with the larger, dark one. Both prey items were taken down, soaked in EtOH, and identified using a dissecting microscope. The larger, dark spider in an adult male Anachemmis linsdalei (Zoropsidae).

Cellar spiders are known to be cannibalistic and I believe the smaller Long-bodied Cellar Spider likely came down to steal some food from the already captured Anachemmis before it was caught itself. Alternatively, it caught the Anachemmis, and while feeding, was captured by the larger individual.

After unwrapping dozens of cellar spider prey items, this is the first time I've found two wrapped together.

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Coffee Fern Pellaea andromedifolia

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redrovertracy

Date

March 20, 2021 10:52 AM PDT

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Common Digger Bees Genus Anthophora

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kaye6

Date

March 14, 2021 11:45 AM UTC

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Crotch's Digger Bee Anthophora crotchii

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kaye6

Date

March 13, 2021 12:31 PM UTC

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Prunus Miner Andrena prunorum

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kaye6

Date

March 7, 2021 08:23 AM UTC

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jmaughn

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March 16, 2021 10:55 AM PDT

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San Diego Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata ssp. webbii

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quidestforas

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February 4, 2021 03:39 PM PST

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Warrior's Plume Pedicularis densiflora

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sfelton

Date

March 13, 2021 03:24 PM PST

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White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

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walterlamb

Date

February 15, 2021 07:16 PM PST

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Volcano Keyhole Limpet Fissurella volcano

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gheaton

Date

March 13, 2021 02:34 PM PST

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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naturephotosuze

Date

March 7, 2021 02:56 PM PST

Description

San Gabriel Dam area
Making two observations--this one for the eagle---hope to get an ID on the fish

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Ridgway's Rail Rallus obsoletus

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kimssight

Date

March 9, 2021 07:59 AM PST

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Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus

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jmaughn

Date

March 5, 2021 01:19 PM PST

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Lotus Hairstreak Callophrys dumetorum

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redrovertracy

Date

February 21, 2021 12:05 PM PST

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naturephotosuze

Date

March 1, 2021 01:33 PM PST

Description

Saddle Peak Trail
Definitely the strangest insect found today --or for awhile. Not sure what this is but going with one of the AI suggestions

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Silvery Blue Glaucopsyche lygdamus

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sfelton

Date

February 27, 2021 12:00 PM PST

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Flattop Crab Petrolisthes eriomerus

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redrovertracy

Date

February 19, 2021 12:44 PM PST

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Greater Bee Fly Bombylius major

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scubabruin

Date

February 19, 2021 11:37 AM PST

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Singleleaf Pinyon Pinus monophylla

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jim_carretta

Date

February 14, 2021 01:31 PM PST

Description

Left side of frame. Saddle between Rosa Point and Mile High Mountain. Coyote Mountain in distance.

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Hopkins's Rose Nudibranch Okenia rosacea

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jessica_roame

Date

November 15, 2020 04:49 PM UTC

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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

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kimssight

Date

September 14, 2020 07:25 AM PDT

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Oak Gall Wasps Tribe Cynipini

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madily

Date

January 31, 2021 03:28 PM PST

Description

On quercus engelmannii.

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Moonglow Anemone Anthopleura artemisia

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scubabruin

Date

February 9, 2021 03:05 PM PST

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naturephotosuze

Date

February 8, 2021 03:31 PM PST

Description

Triunfo Canyon
Definitely the best find of the day. A very cool beetle--hard to get a good photo. He was swimming around in one of the ephemeral ponds. The second and third photo show it releasing an air bubble

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Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

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chrisleearm

Date

January 30, 2021 01:03 PM PST

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Barn Owl Tyto alba

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naturephotosuze

Date

January 25, 2021 10:30 AM PST

Description

Las Virgenes Canyon

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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redrovertracy

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January 23, 2021 08:22 AM PST

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Insect-egg Slime Leocarpus fragilis

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jmaughn

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January 21, 2021 09:55 AM PST

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Saucer Gall Wasp Andricus gigas

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dlbowls

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September 4, 2016 08:23 AM PDT

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Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

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redrovertracy

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January 15, 2021 05:37 PM PST

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Botta's Pocket Gopher Thomomys bottae

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quidestforas

Date

January 7, 2021 11:53 AM PST

Description

I encountered this pocket gopher aboveground. Every time I moved, it would lunge forward in a threat display, audibly grinding its teeth. I kept walking past it, then turned back a minute or two later to find that it had burrowed into the hillside (second photo).

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Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

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jmaughn

Date

January 11, 2021 03:01 PM PST

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Moonglow Anemone Anthopleura artemisia

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scubabruin

Date

January 12, 2021 02:30 PM PST

Description

I think

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scubabruin

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January 12, 2021 02:29 PM PST

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Giant Kelp Macrocystis pyrifera

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scubabruin

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January 11, 2021 01:10 PM PST

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Western Gull Larus occidentalis

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kimssight

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January 3, 2021 10:49 AM PST

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Flame Lined Chiton Tonicella lokii

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tomleeturner

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December 12, 2020 03:06 PM PST

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tomleeturner

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December 14, 2020 04:06 PM PST

Description

Identified with a spicule prep

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Star Tunicate Botryllus schlosseri

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tomleeturner

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December 14, 2020 12:06 PM PST

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Pacific Sea Gooseberry Pleurobrachia bachei

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scubabruin

Date

December 25, 2020 01:30 PM PST

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Orange-peel Dorid Acanthodoris lutea

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jmaughn

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December 24, 2020 03:00 PM PST

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Coyote Canis latrans

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jim_carretta

Date

December 22, 2020 03:15 PM PST

Place

Miramar (Google, OSM)

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Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis

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jim_carretta

Date

December 21, 2020 10:07 AM PST

Description

Homemade track plate with locally-collected clay. Front left foot. Scale in mm.

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scubabruin

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January 5, 2019 02:24 PM PST

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Single-stalk Aeolis Babakina festiva

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scubabruin

Date

December 14, 2020 01:49 PM PST

Description

super excited to find a nudibranch new to me and not so common on iNat. Taking the time in the tide pools has its rewards and today was special to be in the right place and right time to find this gorgeous pink nudi :)

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Mcdonald's Dorid Limacia mcdonaldi

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naturephotosuze

Date

December 13, 2020 04:09 PM PST

Description

Point Fermin
Definitely the best find of the day!

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Williamson's Sapsucker Sphyrapicus thyroideus

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naturephotosuze

Date

November 24, 2020 02:43 PM PST

Description

Chaparral Park

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Ural Owl Strix uralensis

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dimoner

Date

November 1, 2020 12:52 PM MSK

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Osprey Pandion haliaetus

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scubabruin

Date

December 8, 2020 11:46 AM PST

Description

with a half-eaten fish

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Woolly Sculpin Clinocottus analis

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naturephotosuze

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December 2, 2020 04:10 PM PST

Description

Leo Carrillo

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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naturephotosuze

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March 15, 2020 01:20 PM PDT

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San Gabriel Mountains

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redrovertracy

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November 19, 2020 09:36 AM PST

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Bromes Genus Bromus

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quercusboletus

Date

November 21, 2020 03:31 PM HST

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Sagebrush Goldspeck Lichen Candelariella rosulans

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scubabruin

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November 20, 2020 11:52 AM PST

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Lesser Two-spot Octopus Octopus bimaculoides

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naturephotosuze

Date

November 12, 2020 12:54 PM PST

Description

Malibu Lagoon
This guy had washed up and a gull was nearby so he puffed himself up. I kept scaring the gull away and I think this guy was able to get back in the water as the tide was going up.

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Bat Star Patiria miniata

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naturephotosuze

Date

November 13, 2020 03:23 PM PST

Description

Topanga Beach
One of two I saw

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California Spotted Owl Strix occidentalis ssp. occidentalis

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naturephotosuze

Date

May 28, 2015 10:13 AM PDT

Description

California spotted owl
This female spotted owl raised a few broods of chicks. Unfortunately, a destructive wildfire burned her habitat. This once abundant species is in trouble. It's such a sad situation for such a beautiful owl.

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Seaweed Isopod Pentidotea stenops

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scubabruin

Date

November 13, 2020 01:47 PM PST

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Golden Hair-Lichen Teloschistes flavicans

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rjadams55

Date

November 5, 2020 04:38 PM PST

Description

I was surprised to find both T. flavicans and T. chrysophthalmus growing on the twigs of the same deciduous oak; different branches but only a couple feet apart.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/64335267

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San Diego Wirelettuce Stephanomeria diegensis

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sfelton

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November 1, 2020 08:02 AM PST

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Summer Tanager Piranga rubra

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kimssight

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November 2, 2020 03:35 PM PST

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Sunken Disk Lichens Genus Aspicilia

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rjadams55

Date

October 29, 2020 04:49 PM PDT

Description

Tentative ID...

Five different species of lichen were photographed on a large chunk of greenstone, an metamorphic rock related to serpentine whose origins are deep in the crust of the oceanic plates.

The other lichens recorded are:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63944836
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63945417
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63945000
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/63945289

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Northern Harrier Circus hudsonius

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scubabruin

Date

November 3, 2020 09:20 AM PST

Description

as mentioned by my hiking companion, @andreacala, these birds were a highlight of the day. And though my camera was not equipped for me to do these majestic birds justice, they helped by flying close by and gave me a better chance for a decent shot or two. Of course, the best photos can be found on Andrea's iNat observations of the day :)

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Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus

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kimssight

Date

October 24, 2020 01:12 PM PDT

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Aggregating Anemone Anthopleura elegantissima

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redrovertracy

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October 19, 2020 04:49 PM PDT

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Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

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naturephotosuze

Date

October 19, 2020 12:13 PM PDT

Description

Corbin Canyon
I would guess about 6 feet long and well fed

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

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rjadams55

Date

October 17, 2020 09:45 AM PDT

Place

Missing Location

Description

This Leatherback Sea Turtle was seen on a very productive pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay with Alvaro's Adventures Birding Tours.

Offshore location tagged with GPS.

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naturephotosuze

Date

October 9, 2020 01:39 PM PDT

Description

Tuna Canyon
At one point there were four of these on the one flower head; I took several photos as it appears these two were mating

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Checkered White Pontia protodice

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naturephotosuze

Date

October 8, 2020 03:05 PM PDT

Description

Las Virgenes Canyon
Appears to have just emerged

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Alligator Gar Atractosteus spatula

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kimssight

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September 16, 2020 11:28 AM PDT

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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jim_carretta

Date

August 31, 2020 09:48 AM PDT

Place

Miramar (Google, OSM)

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Plains Zebra Equus quagga

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rjadams55

Date

September 12, 2020 04:41 PM PDT

Description

This distant herd of Plains Zebra were photographed through the wildfire smoke in the hills above Highway 1 north of San Simeon. These are the descendants of a herd that William Randolph Hearst kept in his private zoo. In 1937, suffering from financial losses, the animals were released. Today, there are over a hundred wild Plains Zebra living in the coastal grasslands between San Simeon and Piedras Blancas. While they are the offspring of captive animals, these are now free roaming. reproducing zebras that survive without assistance from people on the parkland and ranch lands that formally made up Heasrt's quarter million acre estate.

Additional information can be found here:

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/slo-weird/article234196727.html

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-skinned-zebra-hearst-castle-san-simeon-20170117-story.html

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manidae

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September 11, 2020 11:53 AM PDT

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sobek

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September 12, 2020 06:00 PM PDT

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September 16, 2020 09:54 AM PDT

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Collared Peccary Pecari tajacu

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naturephotosuze

Date

September 1, 2020 05:51 PM PDT

Description

Patagonia, AZ

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Arrowhead Orbweaver Verrucosa arenata

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gpasch

Date

September 6, 2020 07:10 AM CST

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Long-plumed Cellophane Bee Colletes fulgidus ssp. longiplumosus

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jkehoe

Date

July 24, 2020

Description

This female is small, perhaps 3/8" or 10 mm long. She darted very quickly between blossoms but would walk around a cluster which allowed me to get these photos. Note the tan-ish tint to the hairs on her thorax.

See also this link about this bee species:
https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=2941

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Western Sheep Moth Hemileuca eglanterina

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quercusboletus

Date

August 17, 2020 12:23 PM PDT

Description

~50 in the area seen

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Milde's Tarantula-hawk Wasp Pepsis mildei

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jim_carretta

Date

August 22, 2020 05:39 PM PDT

Place

Miramar (Google, OSM)

Description

Tarantula hawk dragging spider around. Video at my website: https://video.wixstatic.com/video/a56887_155b74eeb77842aab62d541ed2f594c5/1080p/mp4/file.mp4