Thursday, May 31, 2018

Canfield Gulch Loop Trail - Antoine Peak

Last Sunday, May 27, I hiked the Canfield Gulch Trail northeast of Spokane, WA and observed many butterflies, several of which I was able to photograph. I was particularly thrilled to get several nice photos of Arctic Skippers and see more in a few hours (~10) than I have seen total (~4) in past years!

Arctic Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon), +/- 10
Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba), 1
Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon), 2
Pale Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon), LOTS
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus), >10
Sulphur sp. (Colias sp.), 1
Julia Orangetip (Anthocharis julia), 1
Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum), 1
Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon), 1
Echo Azure (Celastrina echo), LOTS
Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus), 2 confirmed, probably more
Satyr Anglewing (Polygonia satyrus), 2
Green Anglewing (Polygonia faunus), 1
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), 1
Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta), 2
Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla), 1
Western Meadow Fritillary (Boloria epithore), 1
Ochre Ringlet (Coenonympha tullia), +/- 20

One of many Black-headed Grosbeaks serenading our hike

Mylitta Crescent, male

Western Meadow Fritillary, male

Juba Skipper, female

Northern Checkerspot, male

Satyr Anglewing, female

Satyr Anglewing, female

Thicket Hairstreak, very fluttery and kept crawling around on the ground and flying, thus the blurry photo

Green Anglewing

Green Anglewing

Pale Tiger Swallowtail nectaring on Ninebark

Arctic Skipper, male

Arctic Skipper, male

Arctic Skipper, female (I think)

Arctic Skipper, female (I think)

Arctic Skipper, female (I think)

Echo Azure, male

Echo Azure, female ovipositing on Oceanspray

Freshly-laid Echo Azure egg on Oceanspray

Cooper Mountain Nature Park

On May 19, I hiked a loop of the Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton, OR. The weather was a bit cloudy but several butterflies were seen:
Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba)
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)
Silvery Blues (Glaucopsyche lygdamus)
Mylitta Crescents (Phyciodes mylitta)
Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini)
Nelson's Checkermallow (Sidalcea nelsoniana), endangered

Silvery Blue egg on vetch

Fresh oak galls forming

Some kind of large native geranium

Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum)

White Rock Larkspur (Delphinium leucophaeum), endangered

Cat's ear lily

Cat's ear lily

Mylitta Crescent (they wouldn't hold still!)

Silvery Blue

Silvery Blues

Mylitta Crescent

Monday, May 14, 2018

Book Announcement: Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest

My book with Robert Michael Pyle is now out! ...I know, I'm a bit late in posting came out last month and has caused a flurry of activity in my trying to distribute complimentary copies to all the photographers and answering many dozens of emails. We've been pleased and humbled by the enthusiastic response it has had so far.
You may find it at major retailers and many local bookstores. It's a great resource covering all butterfly species in Washington, Oregon, and surrounding edges of British Columbia, Idaho and California, if I do say so myself :)

Also, don't forget to check out my own website where I'm selling my two self-published books: