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“Is anyone concerned about invasive foxes? I have had animal cameras running continuously for about 5 years and watched a few generations of grey foxes grow up on our bit of wilderness on our property....”
Joel, Ojai - September 17, 2021

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“I have read about the notably dark sedimentary layer within the Beechers Bay Formation at Arlington Springs Canyon at Santa Rosa Island. According to Kennett et al., the nanodiamonds found in this lay...”
Susie, Santa Barbara - September 15, 2021

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“I saw this bee in Oxnard licking a plumeria leaf, roughly about 1/4” in size. The hind end area has a longish black part sort of like a stinger. The body is greenish and the eyes are definitely green....”
Amy, Oxnard - September 1, 2021

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“On the north side of Santa Cruz Island I haves seen a couple small caves high up on ridgelines that appeared to have soot staining on the wall and roof. The caves are open to the sea to the north. Is...”
Don, boat in Channel Islands harbor - August 26, 2021

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“Hello, Hoping your experts there can help identify this very large brown moth that was in my house. My photo is not very good. The moth was about five inches across. We were able to trap it in our...”
Lisa, Ventura County - August 26, 2021

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“Hi there, Is early July very early to be seeing tarantulas walking around? This one (ebony?) was spotted July 3 in the Carpinteria foothills at about 9:30 PM. Coincidentally, we also had two tarantul...”
Claire, Santa Barbara County - August 13, 2021

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“I took this photo last weekend at the SB Botanic Garden. I couldn't find an example of one in the online beetle ID sources I looked at. Thank you!”
Kevin, Santa Barbara - August 5, 2021

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“I was wondering if any of your vertebrate zoologists could comment on this skunk. I caught it on my motion camera in my backyard. It appears to have a large growth on its head, visible in both views....”
Rebecca, Goleta - July 30, 2021

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“I found this one near our door, so I have no idea what the host plant is. He was all fuzzy.”
Cassie, Ventura - July 16, 2021

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“Hello! I have a new insect for you. I think he was on the wisteria...so maybe a genista broom caterpillar?”
Cassie, Ventura - July 1, 2021

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“My daughter found a black fuzzy caterpillar 2 weeks ago and wanted to keep it until it turned into a moth or butterfly. Yesterday it wedged itself in the bottom of its container, and started spinning...”
Ariel, Goleta - June 30, 2021

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“Hello! I found this cicada struggling in my pool. After I netted it I took a few photos while it was in torpor, and looked online for the species. I could not find a match to a black-eyed cicada exce...”
Adam, Goleta - June 30, 2021

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“On June 16, 2021 I walked onto our concrete patio at about 9 PM and saw a snake in residential Santa Barbara for the first time after living here for just over 50 years. The neighhood net is reporting...”
Brian, Santa Barbara - June 18, 2021

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“Live in Oak View (Ventura County) near Ventura River. Dug up (within 12" from surface) this perfectly spherical shaped sandstone ball approx. 50' from house. Its diameter measures 2.825" and it weighs...”
Spencer, Oak View - May 31, 2021

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“On the Natural History's Chumash page, I read the Chumash people were hunter-gathers. Did they hunt large animals like bears and mountain lions?”
Katelyn, Santa Barbara - May 22, 2021

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“I am a high school student writing a paper for school about natural history collections. I love viewing them, but there is a lot that I don't know about them that I wish I did. Are the collections sti...”
Trey, Walnut Creek - May 20, 2021

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“Every year I am struck by the bees (?) buzzing in the coast live oaks around the western residence.  Collectively, there are enough to create quite a hum at a distance.  This is not a swarm, rather th...”
Bob, Las Encinas Road - May 19, 2021

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“Any idea as to what species this is and why does it appear to have three antennae that are pointing to the rear of its head? The antennae also appear to be transparent, what is that item that runs the...”
Ken, Ventura - May 17, 2021

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“Was breaking apart some sandstone boulders to dig some very old marine fossils out of them and came across this very strange, very small insect, it's about maybe 1.5mm in size. Is this some sort of sp...”
Ken, Ventura - May 13, 2021

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“I was hoping you would tell me if the different designs on the back of ticks have any meaning (ie: male or female, type of tick) or are they just random decoration? Thank you.”
Shirley, Santa Barbara - May 7, 2021

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