Journal archives for April 2014

April 04, 2014

A missing species from our lists

After twelve months of intrepid iNat-ting of San Mateo county, this project can celebrate its first birthday next week with pride and joy. But, despite all of our efforts, there are some obvious missing species still. Most gallingly, I ask members of the project to redouble their efforts to find this species:

Periplaneta americana - American Cockroach!

Happy birthday to the San Mateo County Bio-Blitz: get outside and blitz some more!

Posted on April 04, 2014 14:27 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 2 comments | Leave a comment

April 09, 2014

Butterflies of San Mateo county, and those that are missing

I've been slowly working on a butterfly list for San Mateo county, primarily to teach myself something about butterfly distribution and flight timing, but also to accompany a set of lists of other taxa that Sequoia Audubon will be including on its website. Prompted by kueda's question on my last post here, and aided by robberfly (who loaned me the classic John Steiner dissertation, Bay Area Butterflies: The Distribution and Natural History of San Francisco Region Rhopalocera {CSUHayward, 1990}), I can now present a list of those butterflies which do occur in San Mateo county, but have not yet been represented in this project.

Two things to remember - First, I have NO IDEA what I am doing! I am still a rank beginner butterfly student, so please, correct me in future messages where I am wrong. Second, it strikes me that the citizen-science call to not fear duplication is especially fitting for butterflies, because of issues like fragmented habitat, flight timing, and multiple generations within a year. So please, always share butterfly pictures you obtain. But, three, be on the lookout for these species, especially, in San Mateo county. Local knowledge is power!

Large Marble Euchloe ausonides
Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara
Cloudless Sulpher Phoebis sennae marcellina

Great Copper Lycaena xanthoides

Gorgon Copper Lycaena gorgon

Purplish Copper Lycaena helloides

Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus
California Hairstreak Satyrium californica
Mountain Mahogony Hairstreak Satyrium tetra
Hedgerow Hairstreak Satyrium saepium
Bramble Hairstreak Callophyrs perplexa
Moss's Elfin (San Bruno ssp) Callophrys mossii bayensis
Marine Blue Leptotes marina
Reakirt's Blue Hemiargus isola alce
Eastern Tailed-Blue Everes comyntas
Western Tailed-Blue Cupido amyntula
"Pardalis" Boisduval's Blue Plebejus icarioides pardalis

Pacific Dotted Blue Euphilotes enoptes

Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Coronis Fritillary Speyeria coronis

Zerene Frittilary (Myrtle's Silverspot) Speyeria zerene myrtleae
Unsilvered Fritillary Speyeria adiaste adiaste
Pacific Fritillary Boloria epithore epithore
Leanira Checkerspot Thessalia leanira

"Bay Area" Edith's Checkerspot Euphydryas editha bayensis
Green Comma Polygonia faunus
Great Basin Wood-Nymph Cercyonis sthenele

Northern Cloudywing Thorybes pylades

Propertius Duskywing Erynnis propertius

"Grinnell's" Pacuvius Duskywing Erynnis pacuvius pernigra

Small Checkered-Skipper Pyrgus scriptura

Juba Skipper Hesperia juba
"Dodge's" Western Branded Skipper Hesperia [comma] colorado dodgei
Sandhill Skipper Polites sabuleti
Eufala Skipper Lerodea eufala

Posted on April 09, 2014 14:14 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 9 comments | Leave a comment

April 13, 2014

Missing Herps (Amphibians and Lizards)

These little lists of missing species that I've so far produced for Birds and Butterflies, are useful in many ways - principally in motivating people to go out, find, and photograph what's missing! Here's the latest one: herps of San Mateo. We've done pretty well with these groups. Seeing the California Legless Lizard is on my bucket list, btw. I've seen California Whiptail within yards of the county border in Santa Clara county...

Assuredly someone can photograph a Red-eared Slider 'round here!

SNAKES
Western Yellow-bellied Racer Coluber constrictor mormon

California Mountain Kingsnake Lampropeltis zonata

California Nightsnake Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha nuchalata

Forest Sharp-tailed Snake Contia longicaudae

California Striped Racer Coluber lateralis lateralis

LIZARDS

California Legless Lizard Anniella pulchra

Blainville's Horned Lizard Phrynosoma blainvillii hypothetical for San Mateo?
California Whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris munda

TURTLES

Red-eared Slider Trachemys scripta elegans

Green Sea Turtle Chelonia mydas critically endangered, rare

FROGS AND TOADS

California Toad Anaxyrus boreas halophilus

Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Rana boylii hypothetical for San Mateo?

SALAMANDERS

California Tiger Salamander Ambystoma californiense

Posted on April 13, 2014 18:23 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 25, 2014

Welcome Carlmont Students and Teachers!

The San Mateo County Bio-Blitz Project is delighted to welcome the students, teachers, staff, friends and family of Carlmont High School in Belmont. It is exciting to have so many new members who are adept at both biology and technology. We look forward to many more observations from you.

The Carlmont High School Biology Project is a sister project to what we are doing county-wide here: check it out!
(http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/carlmont-high-school-biology-project)

Posted on April 25, 2014 16:23 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comments | Leave a comment