A beautiful male Woodlouse Hunter, Dysdera crocata. I am pretty sure we encountered the same one last year under the same log.
Things are busy right now, as I am trying to arrange to defend my thesis, finishing up writing tasks and seeking a postdoc….But spring is still springing, and outside is so beautiful and warm! Hell, I could be dead tomorrow, so why not go out and see what I can see in the sunshine. Here are a few of the pictures from the past few days, as the warm spring sunshine activates the local fauna!
A Giant House Spider, in her house under a rock.
First (live) Polistes of the year from Victoria.
A male Anna’s Hummingbird, from Mt. Tolmie.
Off-colour commentary by a gull?
I stopped down to f18 to try to get some mountains behind this gull.
A Nomada parasitic bee, on the lookout for hosts.
This seems to be a good year for garter snakes.
These gall wasps were having an ovipositionathon on the newly sprouting Garry Oak leaves. I think these are the jumping gall wasp, Neuroterus saltatorius.
This is the defensive posture, but it almost looks like he is casting a spell (or he has root hairs stuck in his claws).