In the oak woodlands of Mount Diablo, Feralia februalis caterpillars munch on Blue Oak (Quercus douglasii) leaves while an Oak Titmouse (Baeolophus inornatus) chatters noisily nearby. Rocky outcrops provide habitat for Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis), commonly known as "blue-bellies" for their turquoise and indigo undersides. The stealthy and lightning-fast Alameda Whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus) may make a quick meal of a basking lizard. In cooler, shadier places, the plant community shifts to include a variety of moisture-loving plants. Here an astute observer may be rewarded with a glimpse of the Mount Diablo Fairy Lantern (Calochortus pulchellus). This distinctive yellow-green lily with elegant 'wings' atop its drooping head is only found on the slopes of Mount Diablo and blooms for just a few weeks each year.
From my series of California Ecosystem illustrations feature threatened, endangered, or endemic species that highlight some unique aspect of California's incredibly diverse habitats. Each card has a short description of the creatures and relationships printed on the back.
Cards are blank inside and locally printed on acid-free paper. They measure 6" x 6" square. Envelopes included. Can be mailed with a single USPS First Class stamp.