Category Archives: Butterflies

Field Crescent

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There do not seem to be as many moths and butterflies this year. Of course, that is not an observation backed by scientific data. So I was pleased to see this field crescent (Phyciodes pulchellus) when Leonard and I were … Continue reading

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Checkerspot Caterpillar

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In April while Leonard and I were hiking the Wapama Falls Trail at Yosemite National Park (California), I noticed an interesting caterpillar. The caterpillar had black and white longitudinal markings and rows of short, black spines on an orange base. … Continue reading

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Migrating Tortoiseshells

In August while climbing Mount Lassen (Lassen Volcanic National Park CA) Leonard and I were surrounded by literally thousands of California tortoiseshells (Nymphalis californica). The butterflies were hitting us, landing on us, covering the snow and talusĀ  and filling the … Continue reading

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Painted Lady

The painted lady (Vanessa cardui) is one of the most widely spread butterflies in the world, found in all continents except Australia and Antarctica. An irruptive migrant (migrates independent of seasonal or geographic patterns), the painted lady is capable of … Continue reading

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“Weedy” Butterfly

While browsing Art Shapiro’s butterfly blog I encountered a new term – a “weedy” butterfly. Weedy organisms are those typically associated with habitats disturbed by human activities or dominated by non-native or invasive species. An example of a “weedy” butterfly … Continue reading

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