Category Archives: Butterflies

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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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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Lustrous Copper

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Lustrous copper butterflies (Lycaena cupreus) fly in the mountains of Washington, central and southeastern Oregon, the Sierra Nevada of California and across the Rocky Mountains. They can be found in mountain meadows, sagebrush flats, glacial cirques, rocky treeless areas and … Continue reading

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Clouded Sulfur

Several butterflies were flying about the Cove Fire site (Modoc National Forest Road 40N11 near Adin CA) when Leonard and I visited it on 09-24-2017, about seven weeks after the fire was controlled. (see “Resilience” on 08-28-17) I was surprised … Continue reading

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Pipevine Swallowtail

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Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars (larvae) feed on Aristolochia, or pipevine, plants. There are about seven subspecies of pipevine swallowtails widely distributed throughout the United States. The Northern California subspecies (Battus philenor sp. hirsuta) is smaller and hairier than other pipevine swallowtails. … Continue reading

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