Thursday, May 29, 2014

Common Pillbug

     One day when I came home from shopping I saw this insect. I called it a rolly polly, however I found out that its actually called a Common Pillbug. Some other common Woodlouse and Potato Bug. Its scientific name is Armadillidium vulgare. Pillbugs came to the San Mateo county through anthropogenic means. It was not native to San Mateo.
      Its diet mainly consists of lichens and algae found on walls and in tree barks.They are native to the United Kingdoms. They love to live in moist environments. Some people also keep them as plants. It is estimated that there are 10,000 pillbugs in the United States alone. You can view this observation at: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/697813

Mourning Dove

     One day when I came home I saw this bird in my lawn. I always wanted to get a picture of a bird, but was never able to catch on. When I originally uploaded this to iNaturalist, I thought it was a Common Ground Dove. I was excited to find this bird because whenever I tried to get a bird it would fly away. I also learned Common Ground Doves, commonly are not find in this area.
     This bird was identified as a Mourning Dove by mdhero and john8. Mourning doves main diet consists of seeds and sometimes snails or other insects. This birds also swallow fine gravel or sand to help with digestion. This bird also is Wisconsin's symbol of peace. You can view this observation at: http://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/3454-Zenaida-macroura

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Foxtail Barley

           I found this plant in my garden, but I didn't know what kind of plant it was. I decided to upload it to iNarturalist to see if I could identify it. I identified it as a foxtail barley . After, identifying it I uploaded it to both my project(San Mateo Bio Blitz and Carlmont High School Biology Project). Ram_bhakt also agreed with my identification.
When I uploaded by observation I also wrote what I noticed. As you can see the foxtail is in last stage and is beginning to dry. I also learned that foxtails are good for animals to graze. However, they become a problem for animals as they begin to dry. The begin to stick to the mouths of animals and can cause irritation. You can view this observation at: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/689284

Cellar Spiders

  I found this spider in my bathroom, but I didn't know what kind of spider it was., I decided to upload it to iNarturalist to see if I could identify it. I initially identified as a harvest man. After, identifying it I uploaded it to both my project(San Mateo Bio Blitz and Carlmont High School Biology Project). Later however I found how it was a Cellar Spider. johnratzlaff's helped me identify the spider.

    When I uploaded I thought it was a Harvestmen because it looked like one. However I learned that the Cellar Spider has a more yellow hue than a Harvestmen.
You can view this observation at: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/697725

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dandelion

     I found this dandelion in my garden, but I didn't know what kind of dandelion it was. I decided to upload it to iNarturalist to see if I could identify it. I identified it as a common dandelion. After, identfying it I uploaded it to both my project(San Mateo Bio Blitz and Carlmont High School Biology Project). Ram_bhakt also agreed with my identification.

     When I originally uploaded it to iNaturalist I thought that it was an ordinary dandelion. Then, as I began to identify it, I learned that there are different types of dandelions. I also learned that dandelions are not native to the San Mateo county.

My initial observations:
Claim: I believe this is a dandelion.
Evidence: I think this is a dandelion because it looks like one.
Justification: I used the Identotron to help me find an ID for the plant. 
You can view this observation at: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/677936

Monday, May 19, 2014

Garden Snail

     One day when I was coming home I noticed a snail on the wall of my house. I was curious about what kind of snail is this. I then decided to take a picture and add to both my projects( San Mateo Bio Blitz and the Carlmont High School Bio project). I classified the snail as a Garden Snail and Sea
-Kangaroo agreed with my ID. Its scientific name is Helix Aspersa.

     Originally, when I uploaded this, I thought it was just a plain, old snail. My initial claim was that this snail was a garden snail. I thought it was a Garden Snail because I used the identotron to find out what kind of snail it is. I also learned that snails belong to the mollusk taxa. I also learned that the Garden Snail is not native to the San Mateo county.
You can view my observation at: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/675099

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cebadas

      I found this plant growing in my garden. Lately my family has been busy, so we have not really maintained our front lawn. The other day when I was cleaning my garden I found this plant. I found this plant growing in clumps, as shown in the picture to the right. I took a picture of this plant and added to iNaturalist. Polemoniaceae helped me identify it. The plants to the right are Cebadas(Genus Hordeum).

     Originally, I thought this plant was a foxtail. I thought it was a foxtail, because I have seen foxtails before. I also did research on foxtails, and this plant looked like foxtails. However, later on I found out the plants in the picture are Cebadas.
You can observe this observation at: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/675102