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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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Nude Buckwheat

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The chalcedon¬†checkerspot butterflies (Euphydryas¬†chalcedona)¬†in yesterday’s post were sipping nectar from nude buckwheat plants (Eriogonum nudum), which are common in dry, open areas throughout the Western states. Members of the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae) are interesting because they do not have true … Continue reading

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Chalcedon Checkerspot Butterfly

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So many species of butterflies are making their brood flights now. I love to watch these colorful insects as they flit around, most often in search of nectar to eat or host plants on which to lay their eggs. A … Continue reading

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