Category Archives: Insects

Uncertain Taxonomy

A year ago lightning ignited the Cove Fire in the Modoc National Forest near Adin CA (Modoc County). About 31,000 acres were burned before the fire was contained. Since then Leonard and periodically return to a site along Forest Road … Continue reading

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Clodius Parnassian

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Last week Leonard and I saw many clodius parnassian (Parnassius clodius) butterflies at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. These specimens were observed along the Castle Crest and Garfield Peak Trails. The wing patterns of clodius parnassians are quite variable. … Continue reading

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Roundhead Borers

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Leonard and I continue to monitor a site burned by the Cove Fire in July and August of 2017 (see 08-28-17 “Resilience”). The fire burned approximately 30,887 acres in the Modoc National Forest near Adin CA (Modoc County). When standing … Continue reading

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Boisduval’s Blue

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Boisduval’s blue (Plebejus icarioides) is a butterfly that ranges from British Columbia to Baja and east to the western edge of the Great Plains. It can be found in mountain meadows, forest openings and sagebrush areas, wherever there is a … Continue reading

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Female Sara Orangetip

The taxonomy of Sara orangetip butterflies (Anthocaris sara) is in flux. There are several subspecies of A sara and some taxonomists have elevated these subspecies (stella and julia, in particular) to full species status. This butterfly, which occurs along the … Continue reading

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Hairy Gall Wasp

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Canyon live oaks (Quercus chrysolepis) are plentiful on Spring Hill (a “satellite” volcanic cone) at the base of Mount Shasta (Shasta County CA). When young, the evergreen, leathery leaves have spiny margins while older leaves are usually entire. Both leaf … Continue reading

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Vosnesensky Bumble Bee

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In the United States there are about 40 species of bumble bees (Bombus), most native to North America. Bumble bees are generalist foragers, feeding on a diverse suite of pollen and nectar sources. Although bumble bees do not produce commercial … Continue reading

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