The University of California campus in Berkeley has been mostly surrendered to weeds and wild plants and animals during the long lockdown this spring. A few places are open, such as the Optometry Clinic, though other school staff and even senior scientists are locked out of their labs. “My key card’s been changed,” one told me today. “I can’t get into the building.” Meanwhile, I saw mostly no one, though one masked tour group had formed a loose circle on the lawn near South Hall.

In the redwood forest behind the Faculty Club I stumbled on a group of tiny, just-hatched spiderlings, possibly Araneus diadematus. They’re a beautiful metallic gold. Meanwhile, bees bobbed around the many spring blossoms; for them, it’s business as usual.

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Apis mellifera visiting clover in Hearst Mining Circle.

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Agapanthus by Le Conte and Birge halls.

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Wild meadow in front of Wellman Hall.

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A tour group on the lawn of South Hall.

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Hordeum vulgare and Evans Hall.

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Foeniculum vulgare at Hearst Mining Building.

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Dandelion in the faculty glade.

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Ginkgo at the music building.

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Baby spiders.

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Baby spiders.

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Bombus (bumble bee) visiting a California poppy.

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