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“I wonder if I might trouble you for an insect ID. Is this a Northern Walkingstick? This individual was on the wall of my office building (here at UCSB). You never know what you'll see on the wall of...”
Kevin, UCSB - July 1, 2022

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“Hello, I have been unable to identify this caterpillar I found on the underside of a jade plant. Can you please tell me what it is?  Thanks! Leslie”
Leslie, Riviera - June 27, 2022

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“I was fortunate to finally pass this bush while it was in bloom. For several years I have passed it and always admired the color of the leaves which are a light combination of gray, blue, and green wr...”
Hans, Newbury Park, Ca - June 25, 2022

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“Found at at Goleta Beach. Any help in identifying its use or origin would be great. It feels almost like glass.  Thank you for your help with this inquiry!”
Angi, Goleta - June 24, 2022

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“Do you have any Chumash bows or arrows on display or in the backroom archives? Do you know what plants the Chumash used for their arrows? In SoCal, the Kumeyaay used reed (Phragmitis) or arrow-weed (P...”
Kevin, San Diego - June 23, 2022

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“I photographed this dead woodrat on San Marcos Foothills Preserve on May 2, 2022. I'm wondering if it is a Dusky-footed Woodrat.”
Barbara, Santa Barbara - June 15, 2022

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“Hello,  I found this fish hook and petrified fish at Hendry's Beach Is the fish hook Chumash ?”
Silvia, Santa Barbara CA - June 11, 2022

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“If someone finds an insect that is a one of a kind and compeltely unknown to science, who gets to name such a find?”
Ken, Ventura - June 10, 2022

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“I saw a weird bug with 8 legs and two of them were really big. It was about 2 inches long.”
Flora, Nipomo, CA - May 30, 2022

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“Hi, This guy was at our patio during a drizzling earlier morning Riviera area. Thank you, Ann”
Ann, Riviera, Santa Barbara - May 27, 2022

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“Hi!My daughter saw an interesting beetle at school (in Temecula, California), and she asked me if I knew what type of beetle it was. She took a photo of it with her phone (please see the attached imag...”
Scott, Murrieta, California - May 20, 2022

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“Saw this on my front door today, is there an arachnologist you know who can identify it? It was a bigger spider than I typically see around here roughly the size of the largest wolf spiders I see here...”
Hans, Newbury Park, CA - May 6, 2022

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“just read the answer you gave in 2020 regarding the interaction  between the monarch caterpillars and the tachinid flies. We do  not raise monarchs  but have milkweed in an area of the garden, butterf...”
juliet, Malibu, CA - April 19, 2022

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“Hi Geologists - Out in the Santa Ynez Valley at the corner of Happy Canyon Rd. and Baseline Rd. in the streambead I found these very large rocks. They were too big to move (small boulders?). They ar...”
Robert, Santa Barbara - March 20, 2022

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“My children and I are looking for assistance in identifying the exact type of mollusk these shells come from and the type of environment they would live in. We are in the process of mapping what we be...”
The Killen Family, Carpinteria - March 15, 2022

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“Good Afternoon, I discovered these bones near the top of a seacliff off the Santa Barbara Coastline, near UCSB. They look like vertebrae to me, but I truly have no clue. ”
Shahmeer, Santa Barbara, CA - February 23, 2022

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“Hello. I know this is a common tree in Santa Barbara, but I can't find the i.d.  It grows near Atascadero Creek and I watched Lesser Goldfinches harvesting seeds/nectar? off the blooms.  Please tell...”
MiTmite9, Goleta, CA - February 22, 2022

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“I was below the Shoreline Park on the mesa. In the rubble at the bottom of the shale bluffs a found several pieces of what appears to be marble with veins of other hard rock through it. Could it be ma...”
Robert, Santa Barbara city - February 4, 2022

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“When it is low tide at "my" tidepool (Rincon Point) I see such a wonderful variety of creatures, with and without shells. Can you point me to a web site or app that would help me identify who I am see...”
Sue, Carpinteria - February 4, 2022

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“We found this at campus point. Do you know what animal it came from? ”
Terri, Goleta - January 30, 2022

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