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What

Live Oak Apple Gall Wasp (Amphibolips quercuspomiformis)

Observer

cynestor

Date

May 14, 2022 01:24 PM PDT

Description

Cracked open this gall today that I collected in January (maybe earlier!) and had kept in a ziplock. I expected to find dessicated pupae inside since I had taken the moistened towel out weeks ago fearing mold. I think it's safe to say these aren't inquilines since all six or so I extracted (and have in alcohol) were within the expected egg cases and are identical, but who knows. Imagine my surprise when each of them started moving (barely) once their case was cracked open. Original host was Q agrifolia.

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Mealybug Destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

May 28, 2022 03:43 PM PDT

Description

LA River Whitsett

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What

Bindweed Turret Bee (Diadasia bituberculata)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

May 17, 2022 10:51 AM PDT

Description

Malibu Creek State Park
Third colony...maybe 50-75 bees but that's a wild guess--many

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Observer

andyjones1

Date

March 26, 2022

Description

Gall (?) on Keckiella antirrhinoides var. antirrhinoides

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What

Western Screech-Owl (Megascops kennicottii)

Observer

gregslak

Date

May 14, 2022 10:28 AM PDT

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What

Kikuyu Grass (Cenchrus clandestinus)

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fredwatson

Date

November 4, 2021 01:04 PM PDT

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What

Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

April 18, 2022 10:01 AM PDT

Description

Desert Tortoise Natural Area

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What

Bindweed Turret Bee (Diadasia bituberculata)

Observer

sfelton

Date

April 12, 2022 01:23 PM MST

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What

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Observer

jigamaree

Date

March 31, 2022 10:52 AM UTC

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What

Mojave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

April 2022

Description

Desert Tortoise Natural Area

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

April 2, 2022 02:00 PM PDT

Description

Desert Tortoise Natural Area

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What

Rough Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex rugosus)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

March 30, 2022 01:24 PM PDT

Description

I was very surprised to find what appeared to be two very different colonies of ants just a few inches apart. These ants were quite large and the entrance to their colony was rectangular hole dug at an angle into the soil (bottom of photo 4).

Nearby (top of photo 4) were among the smallest ants I've ever seen and the entrance to their colony was in the center of a ring of soil.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/110527188

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What

California Brittlebush Hybrid (Encelia farinosa × californica)

Observer

cynestor

Date

April 3, 2022 09:22 AM PDT

Description

Maybe?

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What

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Observer

nature4lzw

Date

March 21, 2022 02:58 PM PDT

Description

Plum Canyon. Well-camouflaged next to desert lavender leaves.

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Observer

nature4lzw

Date

March 24, 2022 12:07 PM PDT

Description

Mating along the Visitor Center Loop Trail.

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

March 22, 2022 02:17 PM PDT

Description

Carrizo Plain

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Observer

biohexx1

Date

March 21, 2022 10:53 AM PDT

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What

Channeled Basket Snail (Nassarius fossatus)

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

March 14, 2022 02:52 PM PDT

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What

Predaceous Diving Beetles (Family Dytiscidae)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

March 7, 2022 04:25 PM PST

Description

Amargosa River

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What

Western Poplar Clearwing Moth (Paranthrene robiniae)

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

March 2, 2022 04:36 PM PST

Description

I'm thinking this is a moth mimicking a golden paper wasp? On a tobacco tree.

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What

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus)

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will_k

Date

February 25, 2022 02:23 PM PST

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redrovertracy

Date

February 16, 2022 07:33 PM PST

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What

Eyelash Cups (Genus Scutellinia)

Observer

echosmama

Date

February 12, 2022 04:06 PM PST

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What

Typical Foxes (Genus Vulpes)

Observer

zayn_alnajm

Date

October 8, 2021

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What

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Observer

edwardrooks

Date

January 11, 2022 04:31 PM PST

Description

Caught a duck, but the duck (Female Northern Shoveler) got away.

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What

Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana)

Observer

scubabruin

Date

January 11, 2022 01:48 PM PST

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What

Nuttall's Cockle (Clinocardium nuttallii)

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

November 8, 2021 09:22 AM PST

Description

This otter thoughtfully brought her catches over to us so we could photograph them better.

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What

Short-tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus)

Observer

julien-xuereb

Date

July 2021

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What

Fringed Shield Lichen (Parmelina coleae)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

January 4, 2022 12:27 PM PST

Description

Growing on the bark of a large Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum). Black underside to the lobes.

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Observer

rjadams55

Date

January 4, 2022 10:03 AM PST

Description

Several patches of this lichen were growing on the shaded, north-facing side of a massive rhyolite slab.

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What

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Observer

kimssight

Date

December 28, 2021 11:34 AM PST

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What

Lion's-mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)

Observer

jmaughn

Date

December 2021

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 10, 2021 01:23 PM PDT

Description

Ventura Harbor Ecological Reserve
For the large insect with the feathery antennae

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

June 16, 2020 10:36 AM PDT

Description

Paramount Ranch
Beautiful blue eyed bee...not sure I've seen this one before. On wooly blue curls in the wind.
Perhaps a Melissodes stearnsi?

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What

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

December 8, 2021 12:57 PM PST

Description

King Gillette

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What

Common Loon (Gavia immer)

Observer

cynestor

Date

November 18, 2021 04:43 PM PST

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What

Western Gull (Larus occidentalis)

Observer

velodrome

Date

December 5, 2021 05:23 PM PST

Description

Eating what looks like the remains of a sea urchin. It took multiple attempts.

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What

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Observer

jmaley

Date

December 6, 2021 01:25 PM PST

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What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

uzun

Date

March 29, 2021 09:20 AM PDT

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What

Phainopepla (Phainopepla nitens)

Observer

gheaton

Date

November 27, 2021 04:10 PM PST

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What

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 19, 2021 07:06 PM PDT

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What

American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

November 11, 2021 02:25 PM PST

Description

Rocky Oaks
This is the third snout I've seen in LA County in the last month, but the first so far west. The other two were out towards the Antelope Valley

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What

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)

Observer

kimssight

Date

November 25, 2021 10:46 AM PST

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What

Grey Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

October 2020

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Observer

francisco3_

Date

October 21, 2021 12:51 PM HST

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What

Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

September 30, 2021 03:21 PM PDT

Description

Jacumba
One of several in the area. Second photo show some of the others

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Observer

gpasch

Date

September 29, 2021 12:40 PM CST

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What

Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus)

Observer

jmaughn

Date

October 7, 2021 10:17 AM PDT

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What

Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Observer

scubabruin

Date

October 2, 2021 08:17 AM PDT

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What

North American Toads (Genus Anaxyrus)

Observer

ectothermist

Date

September 8, 2006

Description

Four individuals found under a trash can. This is the reason why, to this day, I still persist in looking under trash cans.

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What

Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Observer

scubabruin

Date

September 25, 2021 12:15 PM PDT

Description

juvenile. no sign of mange

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What

Symmetrical Sessile Barnacles (Order Balanomorpha)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

September 8, 2021 02:30 PM PDT

Description

Jalama Beach
Going with AI. This was attached to this sand dollar

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What

Apache Paper Wasp (Polistes apachus)

Observer

scubabruin

Date

September 2, 2021 10:38 AM PDT

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What

Eight-barred Lygropia Moth (Conchylodes octonalis)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 31, 2021 12:31 PM PDT

Description

Las Virgenes Canyon
On alkali heliotrope

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 27, 2021 10:15 AM PDT

Description

Sepulveda Basin

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What

Opalescent Nudibranch (Hermissenda opalescens)

Observer

jmaughn

Date

August 24, 2021 05:01 PM PDT

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What

Thread-waisted Sand Wasps (Genus Ammophila)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 21, 2021 12:50 PM PDT

Description

Arnold Road
For the wasp

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What

Heliotrope Fairy Bee (Perdita heliotropii)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 21, 2021 01:04 PM PDT

Description

Arnold Road
I have included 8 of the many photos I took of this encounter. In the first, the female is feeding. In the second the male arrives to begin mating. A few photos show them mating and after he leaves, I included 2 more photos of the female still on the flower

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 5, 2021 08:37 AM PDT

Description

Sepulveda Basin

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 11, 2021 11:10 AM PDT

Description

Briar Summit

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What

Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata)

Observer

scubabruin

Date

August 10, 2021 12:34 PM PDT

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What

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Observer

jim_carretta

Date

August 6, 2021 12:45 PM PDT

Place

Miramar (Google, OSM)

Description

There is a pond just east of here on Miramar Marine Corps Base land. Unexpected sighting in coastal sage scrub.

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What

Red-tailed Pennant (Brachymesia furcata)

Observer

sfelton

Date

August 8, 2021 10:28 AM PDT

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What

Guinea Paper Wasp (Polistes exclamans)

Observer

kimssight

Date

August 5, 2021 08:57 AM PDT

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What

Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

August 2021

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What

Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Observer

redrovertracy

Date

August 2021

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What

Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula)

Observer

kimssight

Date

August 2, 2021 11:35 AM PDT

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What

Sycamore Borer Moth (Synanthedon resplendens)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

July 12, 2021 10:56 AM PDT

Description

Lower Topanga Canyon
Definitely the find of the day--and even the month. Very cool moth!
Unfortunately he was slightly above eye level so I couldn't get the ideal photo

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What

Red-legged Oil-Digger (Centris rhodopus)

Observer

beesip

Date

July 4, 2021 08:52 AM UTC

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What

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Observer

w_fran

Date

July 7, 2021 07:13 AM PDT

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What

Eastern Phantom Crane Fly (Bittacomorpha clavipes)

Observer

raycama

Date

June 23, 2021 05:43 PM EDT

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What

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Observer

yetikat

Date

June 2021

Description

3 fledglings close to the nest tree. The adults were not visible today

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What

Pruinose Squash Bee (Peponapis pruinosa)

Observer

sfelton

Date

June 6, 2021 11:55 AM PDT

Description

Found on host plant Cucurbita foetidissima:

https://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Cucurbita+foetidissima

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What

Twenty-spotted Lady Beetle (Psyllobora vigintimaculata)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

June 26, 2021 10:39 AM PDT

Description

Briar Summit
Such a cute little one

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

June 24, 2021 11:54 AM PDT

Description

Ridge Route

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What

Nelson's Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus ssp. nelsoni)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 20, 2021 10:14 AM PDT

Description

Nectaring on Woollypod Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa)

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Observer

scubabruin

Date

June 18, 2021 10:03 AM PDT

Description

Found on macrocystis pyrifera. A Lugworm perhaps?

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Observer

jim_carretta

Date

July 28, 2019 08:52 AM PDT

Description

Found in lizard scat attributed to Desert Iguana.

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What

Pacific Marten (Martes caurina)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 2021

Description

While scanning the lake I saw some distant movement out of the corner of my eye. I watched as this large mustelid moved through the brush and was fortunate enough to get a few shots as it crossed a break in the trees. Based on it's overall coloration, I'm leaning towards American Marten, but I don't have enough experience to conclusively rule out (a much rarer) Fisher.

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What

Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris)

Observer

rjadams55

Date

June 1, 2021 05:58 PM PDT

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What

Illustrious Woolcarder (Anthidium illustre)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

June 3, 2021 11:41 AM PDT

Description

Viewridge Trail

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

May 26, 2021 01:18 PM PDT

Description

King Gillette

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Observer

madily

Date

May 11, 2021 01:17 PM PDT

Description

Collected gall from Ceanothus verrucosus on 4/11/21.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73583630

Gall cut open to find larvae inside on 4/21/21 and placed in container with a cup of soil.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/74768171

7 midges emerged today.

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What

Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

Observer

sfelton

Date

May 2021

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What

California Dogface (Zerene eurydice)

Observer

biohexx1

Date

May 2021

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Observer

scubabruin

Date

May 26, 2021 11:14 AM PDT

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What

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

jennbastian

Date

May 24, 2021 07:37 PM PDT

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Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

May 14, 2021 01:42 PM PDT

Description

Corbin Canyon

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What

American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana)

Date

May 22, 2021 02:45 PM CDT

Description

No doubt one of the best damselflies :)

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What

Pacific Bush Grasshopper (Hesperotettix pacificus)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

May 10, 2021 12:53 PM PDT

Description

Rocky Oaks
This one is so cute--about a 1/2 inch long

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What

Hair Stalk Gall Wasp (Andricus pedicellatus)

Observer

garth_harwood

Date

April 28, 2021 12:08 PM PDT

Description

Host: Blue Oak.

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What

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Observer

farrispa

Date

May 20, 2021 08:26 AM PDT

Description

Five pups total - only four visible here.

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What

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Observer

swims13

Date

April 2021

Description

Dipped bread into water and ate

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What

Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

May 2021

Description

Joshua Tree
Love the coloring on this one!

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What

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

Observer

kimssight

Date

May 18, 2021 07:20 AM PDT

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What

Hedge Nettle Stink Bug (Cosmopepla conspicillaris)

Observer

garth_harwood

Date

May 13, 2021 12:07 PM PDT

Tags

PCO

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What

Ornate Checkered Beetle (Trichodes ornatus)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

May 11, 2021 01:00 PM PDT

Description

Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary

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What

Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

May 11, 2021 12:24 PM PDT

Description

Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary
On brittlebush