Alfalfa Looper

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Gray and white moth on wall
Alfalfa Looper, Autographa californica
San Joaquin Wildlife Refuge, 2008-04-13

Desert Cottontails

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Desert Cottontail, Sylvilagus audubonii
William R. Mason Regional Park, 2008-07-07

These rabbits are all over Orange County. It took me a while to ID them though.
At first I thought they might be released pets like the rabbits back home in Prospect Park, but apparently they’re native. Despite the name, they seem to do quite well in local well-irrigated suburban parks, subdivisions, and chaparral.

The key fieldmark by which you can recognize them is the rufous fur on the back of the neck and the forelegs. The tail also shows a dark patch which isn’t present in an Eastern Cottontail or a Brush Rabbit, but that’s not always obvious if they have their tail tucked up as they usually do.

Neal Stephenson Returns

Monday, July 7th, 2008

It’s out September 9 according to Amazon. I don’t have any other details yet, but I’m digging.

Common Raven

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Large black bird
Common Raven, Corvus corax
San Joaquin Wildlife Refufe, 2008-07-04

Funereal Duskywing

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

White limned brown butterfly on yellow flower
Funereal Duskywing, Erynnis funeralis
San Joaquin Wildlife Refuge, 2008-06-20