Not Birds

Strange relationships. An oak branch hosts mosses which host a small plant that houses a spider and some aphid-like buggers. You can see the little guys drawing what they need from the plant when you look at those little depressions on the dorsal side of the leaves on the far side.

A Red Admiral that has seen better days takes a breather.

Ferns in the little canyon at Point Reyes Bird Observatory.

4 responses

  1. Aren’t those little dots on the fern leaves (top photo) the sori (spore cases)?

    November 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

  2. Sandy Slichter

    This is a great look at a member of the Polypody family. Most likely Polypodium californicum. After these early rains we’re seeing a lot of this fern.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

  3. John Wall

    The aphid-like buggers are indeed part of the fern, as Adrienne says.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    • Cool. Thanks for letting me know. Almost all plants are a mystery to me. I want to know more about them… and opera. All I need is another lifetime I guess, and the help of friends like you who can point out my mistakes. Thanks!

      November 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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