Category Archives: Butterflies

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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Great Spangled Fritillary

The great spangled fritillary is found in Southwestern Canada and most of the United States except the Deep South. This butterfly prefers open woods and meadows. On the upper side, the male great spangled fritillary (Speyeria cybele) is orange with … Continue reading

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California Tortoiseshell

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California tortoiseshells (Nymphalis californica) are found in the conifer forests of Western North America. These butterflies overwinter as adults. In the northern, colder parts of their range the adults emerge in late May or June and have only one generation. … Continue reading

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