Category Archives: Butterflies

Butterfly Wing Patterns

Butterflies have colorful and intricate wing patterns. These patterns 1) protect from predators through camouflage, 2) attract potential mates, 3) warn predators that the butterfly is toxic or 4) mimic toxic butterfly species to discourage predators. Butterfly wings have two … Continue reading

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Checkered White

Northeastern California is experiencing a cold spring with fewer than usual butterflies to be seen. Therefore, a few days ago I was happy to see this checkered white (Pontia protodice) near the Wayman Barn in Ash Creek Wildlife Area between … Continue reading

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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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