Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) feeding on some very dry San Diego Sunflower, and Hooker's Primrose.
26 May, 2016
We just saw today that the yard had recruited a female Western Fence Lizard. She seems pretty hefty so we hope she is gravid. We have not had these in the yard for over 10 years. That is when a young king snake moved in and ate them all.
One goal was to create a place that would attract and support critters. These are a few examples. These sphinx moths are a bit of insect porn. They stayed coupled for over 24 hours. If you only get one chance, make it count.
|She's ready to lay eggs on the Datura.|
|We have an Arroyo Willow that attracts breeding Mourning Cloak Butterflies|
|There are sometimes hundreds of caterpillars.|
|Some arrive pretty beat-up.|
|Fewer than 1 in a hundred eggs make it to the next season.|
|About a year old.|