August 17:Corbin Canyon

I braved the extreme heat and humidity today to take a short walk in Corbin Canyon. Needless to say I didn’t see anyone else. The weather is really making it difficult to get out; and going near the beach in this heat, while appealing, means dealing with crowds.

So in spite of the heat and going out earlier than usual for me, I did make a couple of nice finds. One was the cool blue wasp with the large white/light blue eyes that Andrea had found a specimen of not too long ago. It’s a really different looking wasp. The other was Scat that beartracker ID’d as gray fox. I’ve actually seen one gray fox in the Santa Monica mountains once but couldn’t get a photo of it. Anyway, I hope to actually see and photograph one some day here in our local area.

Last but not least I found a pumpkin gall wasp...I’ve probably seen them before but this time actually really looked and found one.

Posted by naturephotosuze naturephotosuze, August 18, 2020 04:56

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 17, 2020 10:01 AM PDT

Description

Corbin Canyon
OK, going out on a limb here. AI gave this as one of the suggestions. I'm not really sure but I'm sure those with scat expertise might know. Largest piece (I know I should have had a size reference) was about 2.5 inches long.
I think it’s more likely a raccoon but it would be cool if it was a fox.

Photos / Sounds

What

Pumpkin Gall Wasp (Dryocosmus minusculus)

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 17, 2020 10:20 AM PDT

Description

Corbin Canyon
I actually saw quite a few of these on a few of the oak trees. Second photo shows size and leaves

Photos / Sounds

Observer

naturephotosuze

Date

August 17, 2020 11:12 AM PDT

Description

Corbin Canyon
This guy has really large cool white eyes. Don't think I've seen one like this before. He was trying to hide from me in the sagebrush

Comments

Nice! Stay cool.

Posted by kimssight over 1 year ago (Flag)

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