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The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note of any observations you have made of the world around you.  Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers.  All are worthy additions to the bucket.  Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.

Castro Valley, CA

Continued below the orange coprolite

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, we had a Grey Hairstreak in the yard, on some bean plants. Beans, it turns out, are one of its very favorite plants (and one we haven't planted for years). Though it is allegedly quite common, this is the first that I've ever seen. My wife, who spotted it first and called me over, had never seen one before either.

The beans are in an earthbox on a rocked over area adjacent to our garden proper (the original owner had a thing for lava rock). We are slowly populating this rocked over area with planters, potted plants, etc. because it really contributes nothing to our lives or the environment.

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So, for me:
First Grey Hairstreak, 09/12/2013

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