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Park User Submission: Say’s Stink Bug

Say's Bug

We have another submission from our friend Lisa who took this amazing photo on her iPhone last week. She captured this shot near the entrance to the park. She not only shared this photo but also filled us in on what type of bug it is. Lisa told us this is a Say’s Stink Bug, which is also known as Chlorochroa sayi from the Pentatomidae family. Up close it is about 1/2″ in length. Though it isn’t yet spring, this species is actually common in summer gardens. Glands near the hind legs produce an acrid vapor that discourages predators. Thanks again Lisa, for sharing your photo and knowledge. Hope to see you in the park again soon!

Hawk Sighting

Hawk

Many great things come from having the Gold Line run adjacent to our park. One perk is the light posts that line the track and serve as perfect perches for hawks. Yesterday I spotted a hawk as it scoured the park for something to eat. This hawk may be in luck. I also spotted a killdeer in the park yesterday.

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Lupine Lady

Bugs of Three

Lupine Lady

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Bugs of Three

While on wildflower watch at LASHP, I couldn’t help but notice the huge number of ladybugs that have landed in the park. Ladybugs, or ladybird beetles, spend their time eating insects like aphids and their eggs. If you are visiting the park to see the wildflowers bloom, be sure to look closely and enjoy the ladybug phenomena. If ladybugs are a sign of a healthy garden, we are in great shape!

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Growing California Poppy

Park User Submission: Botanical

African Daisy

Here at LASHP we are excited to begin accepting more photos and information from park users like you! Here is a photograph of an african daisy, submitted by park visitor Lisa. She informed us that the daisy is an invasive species that is also known as Dimorphotheca aurantiaca from the Asteraceae family. This photograph taken by Lisa was shot on an iphone using a macro lens.

We have seen these beautiful, but pesky, invasive plants in the park for sometime. With 2″-4″ flowers, at a distance they can often be mistaken for the California Poppy. But these are not native, and tend to be a bit darker orange than the poppy. And unlike the native poppy, african daisies range in color, from orange, to purple and pink.

Thank you for this wonderful submission Lisa, and we look forward to others to come.

Dog Of The Week

Milo

Meet Milo. I met Milo in the park last week with his owner Lisa. This photo was taken by Lisa as Milo enjoyed the long grass in the park. Milo is a 10 year old Italian Grey Hound. Lisa says his walk in the park is his favorite part of the day. Thanks for visiting the park Milo and for your park enthusiasm!

For those of you wondering, Milo is wearing his leash, it is just hiding behind him in the grass. 🙂

People Of The Park

Briar, Tim, Rodney and Anton

Briar

Anton

Briar and Anton

Tim and Briar are frequent park visitors and today they brought their friends Rodney and Anton. Briar, who is almost 3 and Anton, who is 7 months, had a great time flying a kite on this perfect kite day! They were very sweet as they played together, hugging and singing their A,B,C’s. Thanks for visiting today and we hope to see all of you here soon!

The Bugs Are Back In Town

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Ladybugs

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Ladybugs

The ladybug population in the park comes in cycles and it looks as though it is picking up. Naturally, when the plants bloom, the ladybugs appear, but not before the aphids. I spotted more than five ladybugs on a short walk around the park today. Not only that, but it seems to be mating season, so we expect to have many more in the park soon! If you are visiting us at LASHP, take a moment to see how many you can count!

Dog Of The Week

Wolfie

Meet Wolfie. Wolfie is a 2 year old rescue. His breed is unknown, but his owner, Joey thinks he may be a Border Collie, German Shepard mix. Wolfie was relaxing in the park after a long walk. Thanks for being our dog of the week Wolfie, and thank you for wearing your leash!

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