Hello! Ashley Fisher here with my first blog post for the Santa Barbara Sites! I’m excited to share some pictures and updates from our third trip of the season.
This week down south, we collected data for the Upper Oso and both Red Rock sites. We also just had enough sunlight for Nikki to show Rachel and I the Nira and Davey Brown sites. Additionally, upon Dr. Villablanca’s request, we also collected all of the 5th instars we spotted.
The highlight of the day for me, came as we were leaving the LRR site. This female came and oviposited not one but TWO eggs after flitting around the grove for a minute or so (I saw her lay one Nikki saw her lay the other)
Finally, I just want to recognize and give a huge thanks to Nikki for training Rachel and I. I know it’s a long drive from Palmdale and a big chunk of her weekend, but I truly appreciated having her there to show me the ropes. Thanks a million Nikki!
More posts to come soon,