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!

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.

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