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What

Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

June 16, 2020 03:31 PM PDT

Description

On California Buckwheat,an Eastern Tailed-Blue (male) with two prominent HW black dots above the tail...see the BugGuide with an example of a male...https://bugguide.net/node/view/260486

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What

Vernal Pool Blue Dicks (Dipterostemon capitatus ssp. lacuna-vernalis)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

March 6, 2021 03:08 PM PST

Description

This is a species of Dipterostemon that's unique to this area. Found approx. 60 or so individuals scattered in this field just across the drainage canal and wooden bridge at Norma Hamlin Park, aka Snipes Park.

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What

Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

May 21, 2020 01:14 PM PDT

Description

Near it's host Willow and nectarting eclusivly on Shortpod Mustard (Hischfeldia incana) now budding and flowering. This is the second straight year that Sylvan Hairstreaks have returned to this area of MIssissippi Bar in very good numbers along this section of trail near the pedestrian/bike connector paved trail...it is sympatric with the California Hairstreak that emerges one week earlier.

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

May 19, 2021 01:49 PM PDT

Description

Male seen nectaring on Leafy California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum var.foliolosum) at the most eastern stand of buckwheat behind the Shadow Glen Horse Stables at Mississippi Bar.
Right now the numbers of Eastern Tailed-Blue are high in the area. The buckwheat has recently bloomed with many flower buds still seen. We seem to be getting off to a good year for butterflies with these California Buckwheat blooming out now.

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What

California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

May 6, 2021 01:29 PM PDT

Description

"Two of a Kind" I hit a winner coming across Lake Natoma to the east side of the lake. Looking directly at "Cone Mountain" from the bike trail I found a very substantial stand of Leafy Fleabane (Erigeron Foliosus) that are drawing many
California Hairstreaks to it's flowers. I counted a good dozen or so in the area nectaring. My discovery is the first for seeing these hairstreaks across the lake and in these numbers looks good for a well established colony in this oak woodland in rock tailings.

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What

Dwarf Brodiaea (Brodiaea nana)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

May 1, 2021 01:17 PM PDT

Description

Just behind Norma Hamlin Park, aka Snipes Park.
https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=77904

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What

Ithuriel's Spear (Triteleia laxa)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

April 15, 2021 03:37 PM PDT

Description

Ithuriel's Spear blooming at "Turtle Pond" Mississippi Bar. Just off the American River Bike Trail near Lake Natoma.

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What

California Ringlet (Coenonympha california ssp. california)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

March 3, 2020 12:24 PM PST

Description

Seen nectaring on Buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus) blooms found along St Florian Ct road in Cool Ca.
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/L/imagehtmls/Nymph/Coenonympha_tullia_california_Upper_Kern_Canyon_Kern_Co_CA_USA_11-V-05_2_i.htm

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What

Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)

Observer

natomapaul

Date

September 11, 2019 02:11 PM PDT

Description

Crayfish going on offense with this display of aggression when confronted as it was moving over dry land at Crater Pond, Mississippi Bar along lake Natoma.

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What

Lupine Blue (Icaricia lupini)

Observer

birdgal5

Date

August 18, 2011 11:21 AM PDT

Description

Location is Emerald Lake, elevation 8,100 ft (2,470 m)