110218 Venus Drive
No magic mushrooms seen, probably due to the recent dry spell.
Polyrhachis ant. Can just make out one of the two spines on the petiolar node.
This polyrhachis ant was wedged in a bark crack. When part of the bark was removed, a pseudoscorpion was observed fleeing. Perhaps the ant was caught and subdued by the psuedoscorpion or maybe by something else and the psuedoscorpion was just being opportunistic.
The blue color of this beetle is most likely due to light refraction by many layers of different refractive indices on its shell rather than pigmentation, accounting for the bright red patch which was not there when the beetle was lit by directional light.
Cocoons in a “wire basket“. Usually its just one caterpillar in the basket but this one has 3, no idea why.
Female lichen hunstman (Pandercetes sp.) with egg sac. The male was nearby and ran away when we approached. She on the other hand was more responsible and stood her ground. Unlike Heteropoda venatoria which carries its egg sac under its body like hugging a cushion, these lichen huntsman attach their egg sacs to tree trunks.