This week I finished a few more illustrations for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. First are monarchs (Danaus plexippus) and their host plant milkweed; in this case it is narrow-leaved milkweed (Asclepias fasciculatus).
The next is Nipomo lupine (Lupinus nipomensis), which is federally listed as endangered and is endemic to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. LCSLO has been working to save this lupine, monitoring extant populations and improving habitat so that they can thrive.
An important method of improving habitat for Nipomo lupine is by reducing competition from perennial veldtgrass (Erharta calycina), an introduced species: