Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The last half dozen from 2/11/12
If you've looked at my past few postings, you know I took lots of photos of Ladybugs (AKA Ladybird Beetles) here. This species is the Convergent Ladybird Beetle, and you can see the converging white lines on the thorax. Most of the ones we saw on Saturday had gathered on Yerba Santa, but we found a few on Lupine, and the group photo above shows 8 of them on a downed stem of Mullein. Last, we have the budding of willows. I'm not sure of the species, but there were several rather large willow trees hanging over Bear Creek, and the younger ones nearby had lots of buds low enough to the ground that short naturalists could easily photograph them.