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Saturday, September 22, 2018

A green-eyed welcome!

What a nice welcome to Massachusetts!  This is one of my favorite groups of dragonflies.  A beautiful emerald (Somatochlora sp.):


I'm on way out "out-the-door," so I don't have time to figure out which species this is yet.  But here are a couple of close-ups in case someone wants to help me with the i.d.

A close-up of the eyes and the thoracic markings:



And the terminal appendages, which are pretty impressive!



(P.S. I'll have intermittent Internet access this week, but I'll post when I can!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

M & M

Did you look up at the sky tonight (19 September 2019)?  It was amazing to see Mars so bright just below the Moon!  In the photo below, look for Mars at the bottom of the image (almost directly below the Moon.)




Here's a close-up of Mars a bit fuzzy, but you can see that intriguing reddish color:



And one of the Moon:


 A beautiful night sky!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Through the fog


Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) spout off Bodega Head, 16 September 2018.
 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Feathers in the wind


Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) in the wind, Bodega Bay, 16 September 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Color coordinated

A few quick pictures of one of my favorite local moths (photographed on 15 September 2018).  Note how the patterns on the legs match the wings!


We moved this Painted Tiger Moth (Arachnis picta) to a safe spot.

Although gray and black and white above, the underwings and abdomen of this species are quite colorful:



I've always been curious about the red coloration on its front legs.  Why so colorful there?



Here's an even closer view:


The bright red color in that position reminded me of another beautiful species that I photographed in Sebastopol several years ago.  Do you remember the Goddess of the Hearth?  Click on this link to see the Vestal Tiger Moth (Spilosoma vestalis) from 21 April 2012.

I've written about Painted Tiger Moths a few times, so if you'd like to learn more, or to enjoy some more photos, you can review these posts:

 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A little furry


Last month we found a very small juvenile Furry Crab (Hapalogaster cavicauda).  The width of the carapace (the back) of the crab was only ~4 mm across.  It was clinging to a patch of pink Derby Hat Bryozoan (Eurystomella bilabiata) in the low intertidal zone.  

P.S.  I've written about this species before, so if you'd like to see what this crab looks like when it's older, check out the post called "Soft belly" on 21 February 2017.
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rocky shore

I've been organizing some photos, so here's a nice shot of the rocky shore in July 2018: