Wolf’s Evening Primrose

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Wolf’s evening primrose (Oenothera wolfii) is a rare, native, short-lived perennial restricted to a small area on the coasts of Northern California and Curry County Oregon. Its habitat is moist and/or sandy places close to the ocean at less than … Continue reading

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Manzanita Leaf Gall Aphid

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In my previous post (see “Manzanita Leaf Fungus” on 08-20-2019), I discussed a manzanita (Arctosstaphylos ssp) gall caused by a fungus. An aphid, the manzanita leaf gall aphid (Tamalia coweni), also induces galls on manzanita shrubs. T coweni has an … Continue reading

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Manzanita Leaf Fungus

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There are more than 50 species of manzanita (Arctostaphylos ssp) in California alone. Two agents induce galls in manzanita species. Exobasidium vaccinii, a fungus, is one of these agents. E vaccinii induces swollen, convex, bright red galls on the dorsal … Continue reading

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Giant Sequoia Continued

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The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron gigantea) introduced in my previous post (see “Giant Sequoia” on 08-18-19) has small cones and leaves relative to its massive size. The leaves of this evergreen are 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch long, awl or … Continue reading

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Giant Sequoia

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“Redwoods” first made their appearance in the Lower (or Early) Cretaceous between 146 and 100 million years ago. Of over 80 “redwood” species that have been described, all are extinct except three. The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) inhabits the north … Continue reading

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Rufous Hummingbird Migration

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From the time they arrive in May until they leave in early August, Bullock’s orioles (Icterus bullockii) use the hummingbird feeder outside my kitchen window with nary a hummingbird to be seen. Their bright orange and yellow plumage add color … Continue reading

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Skimmers

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Recently I have not taken many insect pictures. Thus, when an eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensis) was quietly posing for me along the #2 Elkins Pond Trail in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA), I decided to post a dragonfly … Continue reading

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