Date   

Re: Euphydryas graphics

bob Parsons
 

Looking good! The Bridesville road is in a bad shape, very little action at the FSR road Km6.

Bob

On Sat, Aug 6, 2022 at 2:32 PM Norbert Kondla <nkondla@...> wrote:
At last i got around to making graphics from some Euphydryas pics taken a few years ago. There are 9 of them now at the front of my flickr photostream (and at the end of the Euphydryas album). All of the illustrated critters are from southern British Columbia

--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)


Cougar Bend, Land County, OR

Mike Patterson
 

I'm still in Lane County and went to visit Cougar Bend which is about
15 miles south of Cottage Grove Lake.

There were lots of GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY males patrolling the
roadway, at least 3 GRAY HAIRSTREAKS and 3 kinds of skippers.

Photos:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-08-06&place_id=any&user_id=mikepatterson&verifiable=any

Daylist:
Clodius Parnassian
W Tiger Swallowtail
Pale Swallowtail
Margined White
Gray Hairstreak
blue sp. (probably E Tailed Blue)
Lorquin's Admiral
Great Spangled Fritillary
Hydaspe Fritillary
Mylitta Crescent
C Wood Nymph
C Checkered Skipper
Dun Skipper
Woodland Skipper


--
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
I don't know...
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3924


Euphydryas graphics

Norbert Kondla
 

At last i got around to making graphics from some Euphydryas pics taken a few years ago. There are 9 of them now at the front of my flickr photostream (and at the end of the Euphydryas album). All of the illustrated critters are from southern British Columbia

--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)


Bohemia Mt, Lane Co.

Mike Patterson
 

I'm spending a week down in Lane Co. visiting my mother. Today
I took the morning to drive up to Bohemia Mountain to check out
the butterfly action and there was action aplenty.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2022-08-05&place_id=any&user_id=mikepatterson&verifiable=any

I forgot my field guide at home and may have misidentified a couple...

Butterfly day list:
Clodius Parnassian
W Tiger Swallowtail
Pale Swallowtail
sulfur sp.
Lilac-bordered Copper
Mariposa Copper
Anna's Blue
Boisduval's Blue
Lorquin's Admiral
Hoffmann's Checkerspot
Snowberry Checkerspot
Mylitta Crescent
Common Checker Skipper
W Branded Skipper
Buckwheat Borer
Elegant Sheep Moth

--
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
I don't know...
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3924


Re: Sulphur ID Help

Kay Carter
 

Thanks for the help, Bob.

 

Kay

 

From: NorWestLeps@groups.io <NorWestLeps@groups.io> On Behalf Of tlpyle@...
Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2022 3:28 PM
To: NorWestLeps@groups.io
Subject: Re: [NorWestLeps] Sulphur ID Help

 

This is a nice shot of a female Orange Sulphur (Alfalfa Butterfly) Colias eurytheme, Kay. Note the orange flush, which in most of Oregon, only this species normally has. You can tell it's a female by the fenestration (window-spots in the black margin on the upper side, which shows through to the underside in this view. It also shows the brown "eurytheme spots" around the hindwing just in from the edge, though they are very light on this one. This is the only species of sulphur you are likely to see in the western Oregon lowlands, with its numbers increasing in late summer.

The Western Sulphur (C. occidentalis) is largely Cascadian, not a valley butterfly, and it flies earlier. You'll find pretty good shots of both of these in our PNW field guide and on Butterflies of America website.

Bob Pyle

 

 

On 2022-08-03 2:16 pm, Kay Carter wrote:

I found this sulphur in Canby (western Clackamas County) Oregon this morning.  I’m leaning towards Western (c. occidentalis) but it seems it might be a bit out of range this far west in the county.  Any help pinning down ID to species would be appreciated.

 

 

Kay Carter


Re: Sulphur ID Help

tlpyle@...
 

This is a nice shot of a female Orange Sulphur (Alfalfa Butterfly) Colias eurytheme, Kay. Note the orange flush, which in most of Oregon, only this species normally has. You can tell it's a female by the fenestration (window-spots in the black margin on the upper side, which shows through to the underside in this view. It also shows the brown "eurytheme spots" around the hindwing just in from the edge, though they are very light on this one. This is the only species of sulphur you are likely to see in the western Oregon lowlands, with its numbers increasing in late summer.

The Western Sulphur (C. occidentalis) is largely Cascadian, not a valley butterfly, and it flies earlier. You'll find pretty good shots of both of these in our PNW field guide and on Butterflies of America website.

Bob Pyle

 


On 2022-08-03 2:16 pm, Kay Carter wrote:

I found this sulphur in Canby (western Clackamas County) Oregon this morning.  I’m leaning towards Western (c. occidentalis) but it seems it might be a bit out of range this far west in the county.  Any help pinning down ID to species would be appreciated.

 

 

Kay Carter


Re: Sulphur ID Help

Caitlin LaBar
 

Colias eurytheme female I’m thinking.

Caitlin 


On Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 2:16 PM Kay Carter <KayCarter001@...> wrote:

I found this sulphur in Canby (western Clackamas County) Oregon this morning.  I’m leaning towards Western (c. occidentalis) but it seems it might be a bit out of range this far west in the county.  Any help pinning down ID to species would be appreciated.

 

 

Kay Carter

--

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Sulphur ID Help

Kay Carter
 

I found this sulphur in Canby (western Clackamas County) Oregon this morning.  I’m leaning towards Western (c. occidentalis) but it seems it might be a bit out of range this far west in the county.  Any help pinning down ID to species would be appreciated.

 

 

Kay Carter


Re: [DesertLeps] Plebejus (idas) atrapraetextus

bob Parsons
 

Very nice Norbert. Just home from my long southern BC trip. I have a wide range of blues about to be sorted out. There were certainly less butterflies this year but I did find some very nice samples...Sonora Skipper, Stella`s Orange-tip and some questionable Polygonia?

Bob P

On Sun, Jul 31, 2022 at 7:11 PM Norbert Kondla <nkondla@...> wrote:
On this topic of Plebejus, here is a link to a past specimen comparison graphic 
Nature shots are nice and fun to get but for comparisons, specimen shots under controlled conditions are best.

On Sun, Jul 31, 2022 at 7:54 AM Norbert Kondla via groups.io <nkondla=telus.net@groups.io> wrote:
A few days ago I visited Baril Creek, SW of Calgary, Alberta to play with the butterflies. While processing the photos I took, I was surprised to see that I had photographed Plebejus atrapraetextus rather than the scudderii that I thought were there. I guess I will have to spend some more time with these critters in that area. Here are the two shots from a few days ago:
And for reference, here is an atrapraetextus shot that I took in southern BC in the past. This pic appears in the 2018 field guide by Pyle & LaBar
 https://flic.kr/p/tC1HU2

--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)



--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)


Re: [DesertLeps] Plebejus (idas) atrapraetextus

Norbert Kondla
 

On this topic of Plebejus, here is a link to a past specimen comparison graphic 
Nature shots are nice and fun to get but for comparisons, specimen shots under controlled conditions are best.

On Sun, Jul 31, 2022 at 7:54 AM Norbert Kondla via groups.io <nkondla=telus.net@groups.io> wrote:
A few days ago I visited Baril Creek, SW of Calgary, Alberta to play with the butterflies. While processing the photos I took, I was surprised to see that I had photographed Plebejus atrapraetextus rather than the scudderii that I thought were there. I guess I will have to spend some more time with these critters in that area. Here are the two shots from a few days ago:
And for reference, here is an atrapraetextus shot that I took in southern BC in the past. This pic appears in the 2018 field guide by Pyle & LaBar
 https://flic.kr/p/tC1HU2

--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)



--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)


Plebejus (idas) atrapraetextus

Norbert Kondla
 

A few days ago I visited Baril Creek, SW of Calgary, Alberta to play with the butterflies. While processing the photos I took, I was surprised to see that I had photographed Plebejus atrapraetextus rather than the scudderii that I thought were there. I guess I will have to spend some more time with these critters in that area. Here are the two shots from a few days ago:
And for reference, here is an atrapraetextus shot that I took in southern BC in the past. This pic appears in the 2018 field guide by Pyle & LaBar
 https://flic.kr/p/tC1HU2

--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)


Re: [DesertLeps] Euphydryas pairs

bob Parsons
 

I was in the area last week. Again so dry, no real plant growth and terrible road. Waneta Dam area just as grim.
I visited the old Rossland to Cascade road, up to Record Ridge at Km 12.
3 visits and best where streams passed close to the road. Polygonia on day 2 were plentiful but very few Speyeria.

Bob P

On Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 7:49 AM Norbert Kondla <nkondla@...> wrote:


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Norbert Kondla via groups.io <nkondla=telus.net@groups.io>
Date: Wed, Jul 13, 2022 at 6:43 AM
Subject: [DesertLeps] Euphydryas pairs
To: TILS <TILS@groups.io>, desertleps <desertleps@groups.io>


When I lived in extreme southern British Columbia for 10 years, I saw and collected a lot of Euphydryas in the nearby Pend-d'Oreille valley. I never did see a mating pair but I did see some courting behaviour and decided to document it by netting some. Here is a link to a couple of examples of courting pairs
--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)



--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)


Re: Probable Great Spangled Fritillary on Saddle Mt.

Mike Patterson
 

Forgot to post the day list:

7 - Clodius Parnassian
1 - Pale Swallowtail
5 - Western Tiger Swallowtail
5 - Anise Swallowtail
1 - Margined White
1 - Lorquin's Admiral
6 - W Meadow Fritillary
9 - Oregon Silverspot Butterfly
1 - large Speyeria, probably Great Spangled Fritillary

On 7/26/2022 21:35, Mike Patterson wrote:
I went to Saddle Mt today to inventory the reintroduced population
of Oregon Silverspots on Saddle Mt, Clatsop Co., OR.  The park
continues to be closed for repairs to the campground and trail,
but I have a key.
While doing the last point count, I saw a HUGE _Speyeria_ with silvered
spots on the underside of the wings, which I'm pretty sure must have
been a male GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY.  It landed on some wandering daisy long enough for me to see it with binoculars, but was too fast for me to get a photo. This would be the first I've seen in the county. Hinchliff shows a record in the township southwest of the township that contains Saddle Mt.


Re: Probable Great Spangled Fritillary on Saddle Mt.

tlpyle@...
 

That's great, Mike--no reason why not, and I doubt you'd mis-ID that one. Did the silver spots seem proportionately small? I've found it in the NE Willapas (Boistfort Peak) and it has been found near Raymond (Pacific County), but I've never been able to dowse it out of Wahkiakum County.

Bob P.

On 2022-07-26 9:35 pm, Mike Patterson wrote:
I went to Saddle Mt today to inventory the reintroduced population
of Oregon Silverspots on Saddle Mt, Clatsop Co., OR. The park
continues to be closed for repairs to the campground and trail,
but I have a key.
While doing the last point count, I saw a HUGE _Speyeria_ with silvered
spots on the underside of the wings, which I'm pretty sure must have
been a male GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY. It landed on some wandering
daisy long enough for me to see it with binoculars, but was too fast
for me to get a photo. This would be the first I've seen in the
county. Hinchliff shows a record in the township southwest of the
township that contains Saddle Mt.
--
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
I don't know...
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3924


Probable Great Spangled Fritillary on Saddle Mt.

Mike Patterson
 

I went to Saddle Mt today to inventory the reintroduced population
of Oregon Silverspots on Saddle Mt, Clatsop Co., OR. The park
continues to be closed for repairs to the campground and trail,
but I have a key.

While doing the last point count, I saw a HUGE _Speyeria_ with silvered
spots on the underside of the wings, which I'm pretty sure must have
been a male GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY. It landed on some wandering daisy long enough for me to see it with binoculars, but was too fast for me to get a photo. This would be the first I've seen in the county. Hinchliff shows a record in the township southwest of the township that contains Saddle Mt.


--
Mike Patterson
Astoria, OR
I don't know...
http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3924


Re: Steens Mountain rim euphilotes question

Stefan Schlick
 

Hi Joe,

🙂

I got my lifer Thicket Hairstreak yesterday in the Central Oregon Cascades with Neil! I'm still psyched!

Good luck with the 3 targets!

Cheers,

Stefan


From: NorWestLeps@groups.io <NorWestLeps@groups.io> on behalf of Joe via groups.io <foxglove1985@...>
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2022 11:23 AM
To: NorWestLeps@groups.io <NorWestLeps@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [NorWestLeps] Steens Mountain rim euphilotes question
 
Stefan
Outstanding report. 
Time to go back to Mt Bidwell and check for Fridayi and shasta and mormonia

Joe Smith

On Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 07:53:04 AM PDT, Stefan Schlick <greenfant@...> wrote:


Just back from a trip to Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert (July 20-23). We found Shasta Blue (Icaricia shasta) at about 8700ft up on Steens Mountain, and many artonis Mormon Friillaries. The wildflowers were spectacular. In the Alvord, we found all the dragonfly species associated with the hot springs, plus Long-nosed Leopard Lizard.

There also were many Euphilotes blues feeding on Steens Mountain Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. rubidum) near or at the rim. What is expected here? What is using this buckwheat as its host plant? Could this be E. glaucon? Or does E. baueri move up the mountain? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

At dried up Mann Lake, we found several Western Pygmy Blues (Brephidium exilis) feeding on Russian Thistle. This was on the west end as you go down to the old lake shore from the restroom. The expected Melissa's Blue and Ruddy Copper were plentiful as well.

Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR


Yukon Colias christina

Norbert Kondla
 

In 2003 I bought my first home computer and first digital camera. I used them to produce some crude pics illustrating some apparent geographic variation in Yukon Colias christina
Here are male and female dorsal shots from 2003:
And here is a shot of some female venter variation from 2005
https://flic.kr/p/2nAm8Lv

--
Norbert Kondla
Calgary, Alberta, Canada  (elevation 1060 metres asl)


Re: Steens Mountain rim euphilotes question

Neil Bjorklund
 

Stefan—Thanks for sharing your Harney County observations!  I believe E. baueri is the only Euphilotes documented to use E. marifolium as a host plant in Oregon and that, together with previous sightings both east and west of Steens Mountain points to E. baueri.  Also, there are many records in Nevada and California above 6,000 feet, though I haven’t seen any from over 8,000.  The topography of Steens Mountain also probably supports range expansion upslope from the west since it is such a gradual incline, compared to many other mountain ranges.

 

Its good to hear of your Western Pygmy Blue sightings—I haven’t seen one in years!  (But I haven’t been to the Alvord Basin in years either.)

 

There you have my two bits.

 

Neil Björklund

Eugene, Oregon

_______________________

www.butterfliesoforegon.com

 

 

From: <NorWestLeps@groups.io> on behalf of Stefan Schlick <greenfant@...>
Reply-To: <NorWestLeps@groups.io>
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 7:53 AM
To: <NorWestLeps@groups.io>
Subject: [NorWestLeps] Steens Mountain rim euphilotes question

 

Just back from a trip to Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert (July 20-23). We found Shasta Blue (Icaricia shasta) at about 8700ft up on Steens Mountain, and many artonis Mormon Friillaries. The wildflowers were spectacular. In the Alvord, we found all the dragonfly species associated with the hot springs, plus Long-nosed Leopard Lizard.

There also were many Euphilotes blues feeding on Steens Mountain Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. rubidum) near or at the rim. What is expected here? What is using this buckwheat as its host plant? Could this be E. glaucon? Or does E. baueri move up the mountain? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

At dried up Mann Lake, we found several Western Pygmy Blues (Brephidium exilis) feeding on Russian Thistle. This was on the west end as you go down to the old lake shore from the restroom. The expected Melissa's Blue and Ruddy Copper were plentiful as well.

Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR


Re: Steens Mountain rim euphilotes question

Joe
 

Stefan
Outstanding report. 
Time to go back to Mt Bidwell and check for Fridayi and shasta and mormonia

Joe Smith

On Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 07:53:04 AM PDT, Stefan Schlick <greenfant@...> wrote:


Just back from a trip to Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert (July 20-23). We found Shasta Blue (Icaricia shasta) at about 8700ft up on Steens Mountain, and many artonis Mormon Friillaries. The wildflowers were spectacular. In the Alvord, we found all the dragonfly species associated with the hot springs, plus Long-nosed Leopard Lizard.

There also were many Euphilotes blues feeding on Steens Mountain Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. rubidum) near or at the rim. What is expected here? What is using this buckwheat as its host plant? Could this be E. glaucon? Or does E. baueri move up the mountain? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

At dried up Mann Lake, we found several Western Pygmy Blues (Brephidium exilis) feeding on Russian Thistle. This was on the west end as you go down to the old lake shore from the restroom. The expected Melissa's Blue and Ruddy Copper were plentiful as well.

Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR


Steens Mountain rim euphilotes question

Stefan Schlick
 

Just back from a trip to Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert (July 20-23). We found Shasta Blue (Icaricia shasta) at about 8700ft up on Steens Mountain, and many artonis Mormon Friillaries. The wildflowers were spectacular. In the Alvord, we found all the dragonfly species associated with the hot springs, plus Long-nosed Leopard Lizard.

There also were many Euphilotes blues feeding on Steens Mountain Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium var. rubidum) near or at the rim. What is expected here? What is using this buckwheat as its host plant? Could this be E. glaucon? Or does E. baueri move up the mountain? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

At dried up Mann Lake, we found several Western Pygmy Blues (Brephidium exilis) feeding on Russian Thistle. This was on the west end as you go down to the old lake shore from the restroom. The expected Melissa's Blue and Ruddy Copper were plentiful as well.

Stefan Schlick
Hillsboro, OR

1 - 20 of 11037