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Multi-branch collapse on valley oaks in Gold Springs, 8 July 2018

At about 10:45 pm, 8 July 2018, we heard loud crackling sounds, followed by breaks, crackling and thuds. Heather and I went over, using spotlights, and found that a number of branches of large valley oaks had broken off. I took these photos the next morning. It appears that five large branches fell, from three different valley oaks. A dominoes effect must have occurred, with one very high branch taking down another, high branch on a different tree, and they took out everything beneath them.

 

 

Dead winged ant on a mud dauber wasp

I watched two mud daubers twisting around together on my front porch step, and then this tiny, dead winged ant appeared to fall off of one of them. The smaller mud dauber managed to get on the back of the larger one, and they flew away in tandem. I collected the ant and took some photos, pasted below. 9 May 2018. Columbia California. It seems that the dead ant was attached to one of the wasps, and then shaken loose during the mating behavior. Dr. Philip Ward believes it is a male odorous house ant.

 

 

 

Bag Contents 35595

Three arthropods in the bag. May 2018.

 

Springtail

Springtail

 

Unknown

Parts of the unknown insect.

Parts of the unknown insect.

Mite.

Mite. Ruler marking is millimeters.

Mite. Ruler marking is millimeters.

Skunk damage in subarea of home

The subarea of a vacation cabin in the Twain Harte area was invaded by skunks. The cabin had a shallow foundation wall, and the skunks were able to dig under it. A low-to-the-ground deck gave an additional area for them to dig to gain access to the subara. The skunks tore up the insulation under the house, and made numerous tunnels and burrows. We did exclusion work, and Service Master did clean up. May 2018.