Jumping Spider

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While picking up a dead moth from the living room floor, I noticed a spider greedily devouring it. That got me curious. . . Jumping spiders are common throughout North America. Generally carnivorous, jumping spiders are usually found in vegetation … Continue reading

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Yellow Ice Plant

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Yellow ice plants have intrigued me since I first saw them many years ago along a freeway in Los Angeles. Slamming the brakes on a freeway in order to check out a roadside plant is not advised, thus  several years … Continue reading

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Dung-loving Psilocybe

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The Psilocybe are a large genus of mushrooms containing some of the most sought-after hallucinogenic species as well as many little brown mushrooms with no “magic” properties at all. The dung-loving psilocybe (Psilocybe corprophila) is generally considered harmless. However, some … Continue reading

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Middens with Mushrooms

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With our area, Northeast California, in the midst of an extended drought, very few of the normally abundant fungi have appeared the last few years. Over the last week about 0.3″ of rain fell – not much by any standards. … Continue reading

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Marsh Jaumea

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Amid the tidal flats at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve north of Bandon OR is a interesting low bank that illustrates plants with different levels of tolerance to salinity, salt spray and submergence. On this bank are four distinct … Continue reading

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Crystalline Tube Gall

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A gall formed on Oregon white oaks (Quercus garryana – see “Oaks in Spring” 03-05-14) by the cynipid wasp Trichoteras tubifaciens is the crystalline tube gall. A tubular-shaped gall covered in short, crystalline hairs, the crystalline tube gall ranges in color … Continue reading

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Coyote Bush

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Coyote bush (Baccharis pilularis) was originally divided into two subspecies: a low, prostrate form and an erect form. Since these two types intergrade completely (merge through intermediate forms), the subspecies designation has been discarded. Also called chaparral broom, coyote bush … Continue reading

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