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Golden-cheeked Warbler,©Julie Zickefoose

23 Jul Patagonia (AZ) Butterfly Bonanza - Tues. July 22 ["Diane Touret dctouret AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Jul Polyginus leo in Carr Canyon ["'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Jul Re: Monsoon Sightings in Carr Canyon ["'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Jul Re: Black witch ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Jul Re: Monsoon Sightings in Carr Canyon ["Kim Garwood kimgrwd AT sbcglobal.net [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Jul Black witch ["Bob Allen bugbob AT mac.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 Jul Monsoon Sightings in Carr Canyon ["'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
17 Jul Looking at spread specimens ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
17 Jul Tehachapi Pine Whites ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
15 Jul White Mts. 10-12 mi. N Schulman Grove ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
15 Jul Glass Mtn., Sawmill Mdw., Mono Co., CA ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
14 Jul FW: Fresno Dome 7/11/14 ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
14 Jul Silver Creek Cyn., White Mts., CA ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
14 Jul South Fork Bishop Creek 8300-9000' CA ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
14 Jul White Mts. near Narrows, CA ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
13 Jul Sunrise Highway, San Diego County ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
13 Jul Cazba.org Field Trip to East Clear Creek, Coconino County, AZ 12 July 2014 ["kurtrad AT mexicobirding.com [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Jul Tehachapi Mtn. Park ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Jul Southern AZ Monsoon Rains ["'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
7 Jul 2014 SE Arizona Butterfly Counts ["'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Jul SE AZ: Summer Santa Rita Mts Butterfly Count ["mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" ]
5 Jul Lake Cuyamaca, San Diego ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
4 Jul Re: Ebutterfly ["Elizabeth Long elizabeth.c.long AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
3 Jul Tehachapi Mtn. Park ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
29 Jun RE: Sherman Pass butterfly count ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
29 Jun Sherman Pass butterfly count ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Jun Greenhorn Mts. ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Jun Butterfly data from Grand Canyon National Park ["Robb Hannawacker hannawacker AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Jun Ebutterfly ["Richard Carlson rccarl AT pacbell.net [SoWestLep]" ]
28 Jun New Species of Moth Described in Great Smocky Mts. ["'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 Jun ebutterfly ["'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby AT ti.com [SoWestLep]" ]
26 Jun Kernville to Sherman Pass, CA ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
26 Jun New Version of eButterfly up and ready! ["Katy Prudic klprudic AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Jun Databases for California ["'Norbert Kondla' nkondla AT telus.net [SoWestLep]" ]
25 Jun Databases for California ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
24 Jun Corrections in Season Summary: ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
22 Jun Dry San Diego ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Jun RE: Fresno Dome area, California: ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Jun RE: Fresno Dome area, California: ["'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Jun Fresno Dome area, California: ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Jun Re: [DesertLeps] Fresno Dome area, Calif. ["JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Jun Fresno Dome area, Calif. - faunus females ["'Norbert Kondla' nkondla AT telus.net [SoWestLep]" ]
20 Jun Fresno Dome area, Calif. ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 Jun Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak at Joshua Tree National Park ["Robb Hannawacker hannawacker AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" ]
17 Jun Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak ["Jay K azure.jay AT earthlink.net [SoWestLep]" ]
17 Jun Behr's Wood-Nymph ["'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby AT ti.com [SoWestLep]" ]
16 Jun Behr's Wood-Nymph ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
14 Jun 2 days in Bishop area, Inyo Co., CA ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
12 Jun Re: Roberts Ranch June 7 2014 ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
10 Jun Re: Roberts Ranch June 7 2014 ["Ray Stanford ray.stanford AT stanfordalumni.org [SoWestLep]" ]
9 Jun RE: Re: How collecting impatcs numbers ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
9 Jun collecting impacts science ["zapjammer AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" ]
9 Jun Re: Roberts Ranch June 7 2014 ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
9 Jun Re: collecting impactc science ["fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
9 Jun collecting impactc science ["zapjammer AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" ]
9 Jun Re: How collecting impatcs numbers ["chris kline kline_at_pine AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Jun How collecting impatcs numbers ["'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Jun Re: Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue ["chris kline kline_at_pine AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Jun Re: Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue ["'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Jun Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue ["'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" ]
8 Jun Roberts Ranch June 7 2014 ["fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
6 Jun Black Mountain and Hot Springs Mountain, San Diego Co. ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
28 May RE: [DesertLeps] Quest for Indra Swallowtails ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
28 May RE: [DesertLeps] Quest for Indra Swallowtails ["'Walsh, James Bruce - (jbwalsh)' jbwalsh AT email.arizona.edu [SoWestLep]" ]
27 May Quest for Indra Swallowtails ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
27 May Female Juniper Hairstreaks ["Nick Pardikes nickpardikes AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 May Re: ID Help Request - Grass Skipper from Hoi An Vietnam ["Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
19 May John Muir's Hairstreak having good flight ["zapjammer AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" ]
18 May John Muir's Hairstreak having good flight ["John Lane jlane AT fsgrassvalley.com [SoWestLep]" ]
18 May Idaho Speyeria ["'Norbert Kondla' nkondla AT telus.net [SoWestLep]" ]
18 May ID Help Request - Grass Skipper from Hoi An Vietnam ["fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
17 May Noble Canyon, San Diego ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]
14 May Butterflies of SE Brazil [Mainly Rio de Janeiro State] January 2014 ["fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" ]
13 May Upper Kern River and Sherman Pass Rd. ["'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
12 May Re: Dictionary Hill, San Diego ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" ]
11 May Dictionary Hill, San Diego ["Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" ]

Subject: Patagonia (AZ) Butterfly Bonanza - Tues. July 22
From: "Diane Touret dctouret AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:34:35 -0700
After several weeks of disappointing success at finding butterflies in 
SE AZ, I finally hit the jackpot yesterday when I drove from Tucson to 
Patagonia, AZ!    Diane Touret (Tucson)

Sites visited:
Anza Trail north of Clark's Crossing (Tubac) - mostly for birds
Patagonia Roadside Rest (6 miles S of Patagonia on AZ82)
FS4969 off of Harshaw Rd (FR58) east of Patagonia - overcast but very warm
Culvert at the corner of Harshaw Rd and the San Rafael Valley Rd - 
overcast but very warm
Patagonia Butterfly Garden

Butterflies:
Pipevine Swallowtail
Two-tailed Swallowtail
Southern Dogface
Mexican Yellow
Cloudless Sulphur
Marine Blue
Ceraunus Blue
Reakirt's Blue
Fatal Metalmark  (Anza Trail)
Arizona Metalmark
Texan Crescent
!ELF   (2 at the Roadside Rest - photo)
Tiny Checkerspot
Elada Checkerspot
Painted Lady
Viceroy (Anza Trail)
Queen
Desert Cloudywing
!VALERIANA SKIPPER   (one or more at FS4969 and one in the culvert at 
the Harshaw Rd corner - several photos)
Acacia Skipper
Northern Cloudywing
Drusius Cloudywing
Golden-headed Scallopwing
Common Sootywing
Fiery Skipper
Orange Skipperling
Large Roadside-Skipper
Bronze Roadside-Skipper
Elissa Roadside-Skipper
Slaty Roadside-Skipper
Dotted Roadside-Skipper








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Subject: Polyginus leo in Carr Canyon
From: "'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:19:15 -0700
This afternoon we had a Hammock Skipper nectaring on Buddleia marubifolia in 
our yard in lower Carr Canyon (can’t guarantee that spelling is correct ) 


Hank Brodkin 
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
31°26’59.8”N 110°16’02.8”W
hbrodkin AT cox.net
"Butterflies of Arizona - a Photographic Guide"
"Finding Butterflies in Arizona - a Guide to the Best Sites"
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Subject: Re: Monsoon Sightings in Carr Canyon
From: "'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:13:15 -0700
Diane:
Sorry.  Of course I meant Ceraunus Blue.

Hank Brodkin 
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
31°26’59.8”N 110°16’02.8”W
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From: Diane Touret 
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 3:16 PM
To: Hank Brodkin 
Subject: Re: [SoWestLep] Monsoon Sightings in Carr Canyon

Hank - did you really mean Cassius Blue? I didn't realize that they could be 
found in SE AZ. 


Diane Touret  (Tucson, AZ)




On 7/19/2014 10:47 AM, 'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep] wrote:

    
 We have had a fair monsoon down here starting on July 2, though there seems to 
be a little lull now. However things are starting to green up and the number of 
lep species is increasing. 

 We had a Black Witch on our porch this morning and Alypiodes bimaculata 
forester moths are out. We have seen a couple of the first northward moving 
Cloudless Sulphurs. A number of Golden-headed Scallopwings and a worn probable 
Bronze Roadside were nectaring on a bank of Rosemary. A few Queens and one 
Monarch passed through our yard. Zela Metal marks, Sleepy Orange, Pipevine 
Swallowtail, Red-spotted Admiral, American Lady, and Cassius Blue round out the 
species list for the past couple of days. 

  More rain is expected, mostly the usual monsoon scattered thunder showers.

  Hank Brodkin 
  Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
  31°26’59.8”N 110°16’02.8”W
  hbrodkin AT cox.net
  "Butterflies of Arizona - a Photographic Guide"
  "Finding Butterflies in Arizona - a Guide to the Best Sites"
  http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/hbrodkin/

  
Subject: Re: Black witch
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:21:23 -0700
It's great to see that a Black Witch appeared in two different posts
today. Make that three...

I also found a nice Black Witch at my daughter's preschool event
last week in Poway, CA. I was even fortunate to be able to catch it
and show it to the kids and some parents before releasing it.
Needless to say, all the excitement unfortunately trumped the 
actual event itself for a short time. My wife wasn't too thrilled but
my daughter was really into it and enjoyed telling everybody
that her daddy, "just caught a huge gi-normous moth." 

Gi-normous indeed!

Pete Spino
San Diego
 



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Subject: Re: Monsoon Sightings in Carr Canyon
From: "Kim Garwood kimgrwd AT sbcglobal.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:36:08 -0600
Thanks for the monsoon update, hope there's more rain around Tucson than 
last year. I'm heading to Tucson for the summer/fall, will arrive July 23.
kim


On 7/19/2014 11:47 AM, 'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep] wrote:
>
> We have had a fair monsoon down here starting on July 2, though there 
> seems to be a little lull now.  However things are starting to green 
> up and the number of lep species is increasing.
> We had a Black Witch on our porch this morning and Alypiodes 
> bimaculata  forester moths are out.  We have seen a couple of the 
> first northward moving Cloudless Sulphurs.  A number of Golden-headed 
> Scallopwings and a worn probable Bronze Roadside were nectaring on a 
> bank of Rosemary.  A few Queens and one Monarch passed through our 
> yard.  Zela Metal marks, Sleepy Orange, Pipevine Swallowtail, 
> Red-spotted Admiral, American Lady, and Cassius Blue round out the 
> species list for the past couple of days.
> More rain is expected, mostly the usual monsoon scattered thunder showers.
> Hank Brodkin
> Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
> 31°26’59.8”N 110°16’02.8”W
> hbrodkin AT cox.net
> "Butterflies of Arizona - a Photographic Guide"
> "Finding Butterflies in Arizona - a Guide to the Best Sites"
> http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/hbrodkin/
> 

Subject: Black witch
From: "Bob Allen bugbob AT mac.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:34:33 -0700
Last Wednesday, a coworker found a black witch moth at a gas station in Garden 
Grove, CA, not far from Disneyland. 'Tis the season! 


-Bob Allen
bugbob AT mac.com
Author, Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains

Sent from my iPhone 5S
Subject: Monsoon Sightings in Carr Canyon
From: "'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:47:44 -0700
We have had a fair monsoon down here starting on July 2, though there seems to 
be a little lull now. However things are starting to green up and the number of 
lep species is increasing. 

We had a Black Witch on our porch this morning and Alypiodes bimaculata 
forester moths are out. We have seen a couple of the first northward moving 
Cloudless Sulphurs. A number of Golden-headed Scallopwings and a worn probable 
Bronze Roadside were nectaring on a bank of Rosemary. A few Queens and one 
Monarch passed through our yard. Zela Metal marks, Sleepy Orange, Pipevine 
Swallowtail, Red-spotted Admiral, American Lady, and Cassius Blue round out the 
species list for the past couple of days. 

More rain is expected, mostly the usual monsoon scattered thunder showers.

Hank Brodkin 
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
31°26’59.8”N 110°16’02.8”W
hbrodkin AT cox.net
"Butterflies of Arizona - a Photographic Guide"
"Finding Butterflies in Arizona - a Guide to the Best Sites"
http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/hbrodkin/
Subject: Looking at spread specimens
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:11:20 -0700
Everyone:

   Trying to get a definite ID on all my collected butterflies is preferred
but not always possible because of difficulty factors, chances of
loss-especially when it is windy, chances of damage to the specimen, time
limitations and the desire to release living individuals unneeded for the
collection specimens.  Anyway, some comments on specimens I spread from my
recent trip to the White Mts. near Bishop, CA and the south Fork of Bishop
on the other side of Bishop Creek in the Sierra:

 

(1) Central Blue (Euphilotes centralis hadrochilus): I mentioned broad black
borders in the blue males and it was males I had best represented when I
made my 1999 collection.  This time I got better representation for females
and these are distinctive too, with a very prominent thick but not very wide
orange aurora on the hindwings.  The taxonomy of this entity is
controversial: it could be a battoides, a glaucon or something else based on
unpublished work.

 

(2) Miriams or Sierra Skipper vs. Uncas Skipper.  The largest female from
Poison Creek Wash is a very definite H. uncas macswaini.  The other two are
dead ringers for Hesperia miriamae on the dorsal side, but look like uncas
below.  This is an example of why photos of only one side in skippers are
often inadvisable for an "expert" to ID without having both views.

 

(3) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice): Taking only a photo of this
butterfly in living condition or a superficial viewing in my hand missed
important details and it may be another species...maybe Queen Alexandra's
Sulphur. maybe an extreme Orange Sulphur though I doubt the latter based on
its behavior in the wild.  What was not apparent earlier is more green than
originally appeared but not only on the HW, but the upper FW as well.  The
parts I could not see in the field without risking loss of specimen in the
wind or risking damage by loss of scaling?  This is a male BUT the lower FW
is predominately WHITE and the upper HW above also has a fairly large area
of white scales.  This will be one for Jim Brock to look at in a future
visit.

 

(4) Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini pallidafacies): Some wonder why I
post subspecies names and part of that is that I track subspecies ranges and
areas of contact across their ranges...to see where this species grades from
subspecies powelli in southern California into nominate lorquini in the
Sierras and subspecies pallidafacies in the Death Valley area.  But also,
many of you out there are as interested in subspecies as species.  The
Bishop regional trip was by far the best pallidafacies trip taken ever as I
not only found them at many of the locations I went to, but they were in
very fresh condition allowing me to obtain a better series and more
material.  I think I only had one lorquini ever along the SF of Bishop Creek
before on the east side of the Sierra.  But they were common higher up at
Table Mtn. Flat where I had never seriously worked in previous years.
Several things I am learning: The nominate lorquini in the Sierra shows
extensive influence from powelli in the south and the pallidafacies
phenotype shows tendencies to Sierra lorquini but the orange underside,
wider bands and more pallid coloration below shows pallidafacies goes up the
eastern Sierra in the Owens Valley area up to about 9000'.  Down the road,
specialists may have to redefine the ranges of these subspecies.

 

(5) Sierra Nevada Blues (Agriades podarce): Are those known from west of the
Sierra Crest in the central Sierra the same as those east of it?  I have yet
to spread much of that material (that from Bishop Creek is) but they differ.
Whatever the answer is, the species is the same so far as I know.  But new
insight into differences can help us to find out if an endangered species
(another one I'm thinking of, not podarce) is really endangered, is the
known range correct? and what protection is really warranted?  To me
personally, identifying to species alone leaves too much unanswered and
unseen.  Seeing hundreds of Sierra Nevada Blues flying in a meadow east of
the Sierras blew my mind.  I had seen them at that site before, but believed
those were a much smaller population.

 

   Just another point: Surveys that are used to ascertain the relative
health of our butterfly populations are heavily prone to wrong conclusions
based on varying weather conditions, fluctuations of population growth or
shrinking and the competence, incompetence or timing of the survey.  Since
most butterflies live only 9-16 days, just being off a few days in guessing
peak flights can cause one to reach dramatic wrong conclusions.  Schulman
Grove off the White Mtn. Road was totally dead when I checked it July 9th, a
very dry year.  The peak flight there is only about 2 weeks earlier there in
a normal year.  You saw how much better butterflies were 10 miles further
north from my post at only about 600 or 700' higher 3 days later.  Thunder
storms (common in the Whites) are also highly localized and where it rains
butterflies may fly and just the opposite across the street.

 

   Often folks want guarantees and exact dates to hit the butterfly of their
dreams in the field.  Every trip out there is one in which we all hope to do
well.  But often we missed the right time or in many cases, western
butterflies may only have a partial flight or delay emergence for the next
year or years from now.  I missed seeing any indras on my last Bishop trip.
Robert Michael Pyle and I should both be in Yosemite for the butterfly count
later this month on the last Monday of July (Lembert's Dome 8:30 AM)...maybe
we'll see some then.  Let me know if any of you need contacts.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: Tehachapi Pine Whites
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:11:50 -0700
Everyone:

   While Dale Halbritter successfully found 3 Pine Whites (Neophasia menapia
tehachapina) at Tehachapi Mtn. Park in Kern County earlier this month, I
spent 3 trips of varying length (3, 5 and 3 hours) without finding any in
places where I have found these in the past.  These have been wanted in
checking DNA samples since reports that cryptic species may be hidden in our
Pine White.  I don't have any opinions about that, but I know that folks
wanting "guaranteed places" for that species are not likely to be successful
in my part of the world.  I have my personal series already from the past,
but those are too old for DNA work, nor to be honest...would I be willing to
part with them.

   Anyway, some butterflies seen were new today for the season at Tehachapi
Mtn. Park and the huge California Sister outbreak 9 days ago or so is over.
They must be high on the local bird food chain.  Today's list:

 

Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)-3

Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides sylvanoides)-5

Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado-late summer segregate)-5

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)-1

 

Two-Tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus):3 nice males seen-one
small; one medium and one very large and all appeared to be in good shape.
Obviously, this long "extirpated" colony is doing better, though not yet in
former 1970's numbers.

 

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-15 numbers on the decline.

Becker's White (Pontia beckerii): 1 very fresh female which I did collect.

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)-8

Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides)-15; becoming much less common but some
still fresh

Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus desertorum)-1

Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum): one seen flying across the road
just up from the park entrance.  The upperside coloration was plainly
visible.

Western Azure (Celastrina echo)-4

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)-12

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)-3

Buckeye (Junonia coenia)-3

California Sister (Adelpha californica)-15

Great Basin Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele)-3

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)-20  This was a mix of worn and fresh individuals.
Monarchs routinely spend time here in the late summer in fall to take
advantage of abundant milkweed and water (less so this year).

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
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For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
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Subject: White Mts. 10-12 mi. N Schulman Grove
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:45:29 -0700
Everyone:

   July 12th finally saw a nearly cloud free day and is was my day to try
high elevation collecting in the White Mts. E side of the Owens Valley on
Mt. Campito at an elevation near 11,500' but an error on my part probably
lead me to Sheep Mtn. instead at an even higher elevation of 12,497'.  By
the real Mt. Campito I saw the Campito Meadows and immediately recognized it
as a spot (Poison Creek ravine) for good butterflies on past trips there in
1998 and 2004 and only ten years overdue to try again.

   So here is what I saw pending future spreading of skippers.

 

Campito Meadows area, Poison Creek ravine or canyon.  Approx. 10,600' or so.
Mono County, CA.

(1) Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis)-2, at this elev., not likely to be
P. albescens.

(2) Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti albamontana)-6

(3) Uncas Skipper (Hesperia uncas macswaini)-2-4, pending positive ID, now
in relaxer

(4) Miriam's or Sierra Skipper (Hesperia miriamae longaevicola)- some of the
above may be miriamae and I am sure I did see at least one definite example.
I am sure females don't always stay high on those peaks.  Positive ID
pending.

(5) Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado idaho)-1

(6) Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-20

(7) Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)-2  (one was collected and in relaxer
pending definite ID, maybe new for White Mts.)

(8) Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)-6 to 8

(9) Queen Alexandra Sulphur (Colias alexandra edwardsii)- 2 seen, both males
none captured.

(10) Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreus lapidicola)-6 to 8

(11) Edith's Copper (Lycaena editha vurali)- 60+

(12) Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)-2, one vouchered.

(13) Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus albomontanus)-200+

(14) Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides albihalos)-200+

(15) Nevada Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus nevada)-10

(16) Shasta Blue (Plebejus shasta calchas)-50+

(17) Wheeler's Anicia Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia wheeleri)-6 to 8

(18) Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): 6

(19) Zephyr Anglewing AKA Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus)-2, seen
only after 4:15 PM in a sagebrush-grassland habitat without trees.  There
must have been Ribes growing in the washes.

(20) Small Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis oetus oetus)-80+  some were so large they
may have included flyup Cercyonis sthenele paulus.

(21) Riding's Satyr (Neominois ridingsii pallidus)-200+  These like short
sagebrush-grassland habitats with lots of flowers.

 

Moth of interest.  One of the Sheep moths present looked like black and
white indra flying around at mid-day.  I collected two out of interest.

 

Sheep Mtn. ridge 12,497' and somewhat lower, access by rocky chute in white
rock strata.  Mono County:

(1) White Mts. Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana blanco)-2 collected,
another seen

(2) Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti albamontana)-4 to 6.  I saw one on
the summit ridge but all were over 11,500'.

(3) Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado idaho)-20+

(4) Miriam's or Sierra Skipper (H. miriamae longaevicola)-4 ?  everything I
captured seem to be the wrong species.  Those I got good looks at evaded the
net.

(5) Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-10 hilltopping at 12,400', don't they
know it is the Western Whites that are supposed to do that?  I went to that
much trouble for these?

(6) Western White (Pontia occidentalis occidentalis)- the one that mattered
I caught at the top.

(7) Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)-as you may recall I saw but failed to
collect two of these last month in Silver Creek Canyon in Inyo County also
in the Whites.  I found this one coming down the white rocky chute at close
to 12,000' and did not miss this one.

(8) Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreus lapidicola)-2 in same rocky chute

(9) Edith's Copper (L. editha vurali)-2 in rocky chute, 1 near the summit of
Sheep Mtn.

(10) Shasta Blue (P. shasta calchas)-30+

(11) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini near alpicola)-4-6

(12) Greenish Blue (P. saepiolus albomontana)-30+

(13) Boisduval's Blue (P. icarioides albihalos)-10+

(14) Wheeler's Checkerspot (Euphydryas anicia wheeleri)-common in the white
rocky chute patrolling the dry streambed and 2 were even seen on the summit
ridge at 12,400' where I collected a perfect large female.

(15) Small Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis oetus oetus)-4, dropped out at about
11,500'

 

Added Notes:  I saw Monarchs coming up the Westgard Pass between the Owens
River and the lower canyon.  Odd: Of all the Edith's Coppers seen on this
day, NONE were females!  Because blues were so distracting to separate and
put in glassine envelopes only to have a real rarity come and be unprepared,
I may never finish my series of P. shasta calchas.

 

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: Glass Mtn., Sawmill Mdw., Mono Co., CA
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:44:43 -0700
Everyone:

   On July 11th both the east slope Sierra Nevada and White Mts. (even the
north facing slope in Queen Canyon in Esmeralda County, Nevada) were
hopelessly covered by clouds.  I chose to go north from Bishop to Benton and
then head NW up Hwy. 120 to a volcano over 11,000' named Glass Mtn. with
Sawmill Meadow at 9200', the type locality for the Glass Mountain Mormon
Fritillary, recently described and named in 1998.  Also of interest was the
McGee Canyon Rd. known for the Pale Blue (Euphilotes pallescens) and other
choice species that occur there in June.

 Species observed or collected:  All Sawmill Meadow unless otherwise
indicated.

(1) Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)-2

(2) Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado idaho)-1 McGee Canyon Rd.

(3) Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)-1

(4) Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): 3

(5) Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-15, one heavily marked like P.
occidentalis above, but not below.

(6) Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)-6

(7) Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii behrii)-5 McGee Cyn Rd. 8500'

(8) Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)-1 at Rovana, Inyo Co.; a few in Sawmill
Meadow

(9) Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo)-6

(10) Glaucon Blue (Euphilotes glaucon)-2 BUT these are not yet spread.
Collected material from McGee Canyon Rd. seem mostly glaucon but some
specimens taken resemble E. ancilla shieldsi but have not been checked
genitalically.  These 2 were taken at about 8500'.

(11) Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides fulla)-100+, many very large

(12) Goodpasture's Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini goodpasturei)-1 collected on
E. umbellatum with the 2 Euphilotes.  McGee Cyn. Rd. 8500'

(13) Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus): 30

(14) Sierra Nevada Arctic Blue (Agriades podarce: east of Sierra
Nevada)-300+

(15) Glass Mtn. Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia obsidiana)-2, the new
EARLY flight date for this subspecies.

(16) Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella)-unnamed black eastern Sierra
segregate-15 or so.

(17) Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)-6

(18) West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)-1

(19) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)-1

(20) Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini pallidafacies)-12-14-very fresh
perching on small pine tree crowns in meadows.

(21) Great Basin Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele paulus)-4

 

Other butterflies seen on return route to Bishop:

(22) Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus phyleus)-1 near Paradise in Mono/Inyo
Co. line area

(23) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus pudicus)-1 Lower Rock Creek (Dog Bane
was shot) Mono Co.

(24) Hedge-Row Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium subaridum)-Swall Meadow on
dogbane-Mono Co.

(25) Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus megapallidum)-1 Swall Meadow on
dogbane-Mono Co.

(26) Monarch (Danaus plexippus)-2 in limited time in Round Valley, Inyo Co.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: FW: Fresno Dome 7/11/14
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:42:12 -0700
Everyone:

   Steve Randall went to Fresno Dome last Friday while I was collecting in
Mono County.  He arrived late in the morning so that must have stressed him
time wise.  Fresno Dome is best done with 2 days to work with.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

  _____  

 

Subject: Re: Fresno Dome 7/11/14

 

Ken,

     I visited Fresno Dome by myself on Friday.  Got a late start because of
work obligations, and didn't arrive until 11:30 a.m.  My objectives for this
trip were: 1) Look for S. cybele leto.  None were seen in any of the meadows
visited.  2)  Look for Pine Whites at Big Sandy Camp.  None were seen -- in
fact, no Pierids (except for one Orange Sulfur) were seen the entire day.
3) Add to my collection of Edith's Coppers.  This was achieved -- caught
several nice females in addition to males.  Best place of the day was Big
Sandy Camp, on that sandy hill south of the camp near that little tiny
stream where we saw the "Gorgon Copper" female last year.  I now believe
that was probably an Edith's Copper female, as the ones I caught there on
this trip look a lot like Gorgons on the dorsal surface with lots of light
patches, but clearly Edith's on the underside.

 

A list of butterflies found: (feel free to delete the paragraph above, tack
on an "Everyone", and send to Desertleps group and SoWestLep group if you
think it important and trust my ID's)

 

1.  Sonoran Skipper (Polites sonora sonora):  (100) Common in all the
meadows I visited.

 

2.  Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis): One seen at Kelty Meadow.

 

3.  Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius baldur): Two seen at Fresno Dome
Trailhead Meadow, one vouchered.

 

4.  Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): (4) One vouchered at Kelty
Meadow.

 

5.  Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon): (2)

 

6.  Orange Sulfur (Colias eurytheme): One vouchered at Fresno Dome trailhead
meadow.

 

7.  Edith's Copper (Lycaena editha editha): (8) One nice female at Fresno
Dome Camp, the rest at Big Sandy Camp and along the Jackson Rd.

 

8.  Western Azure (Celestrina echo echo): (3-4) One vouchered at Kelty
Meadow, others seen at Fresno Dome Camp and Fresno Dome Trailhead Meadow.

 

9.  Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icaroides icaroides): (8-10) Most seen at
Fresno Dome Trailhead Meadow

 

10:  Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus aehaja): (40-50) Still common in the
Fresno Dome Trailhead Meadow, but lower numbers than we encountered on June
19 -- some still appeared very fresh.

 

11.  Anna Blue (Plebejus anna anna): (5-6)  I ran into a colony of these in
a small meadow along the Jackson Rd. where we stopped last year.  The males
were tricky with the orange a bit faint, but caught one female where there
was no doubt with orange margins dorsally tip to stern.

 

12.  Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini apicola): (1) Blew the catch for the
voucher -- looked too large for an Acmon, but it is possible it was that
species.

 

13.  Hydaspe Fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe viridicornis): (30-40)  This was
the dominant species at Kelty Meadow and at the Fresno Dome Trailhead
Meadow.  Took several vouchers, too small and dark for S. zerene. 

 

14.  Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia mormonia):  (2)  Very fresh, took
one voucher at Fresno Dome Trailhead Meadow.

 

15.  Western Meadow Fritillary (Boloria epithore sierra): (40-50)  Still
very common at Fresno Dome Camp, and especially at Fresno Dome Trailhead
meadow, and some still were quite fresh.

 

16.  Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta):  (1) Taken as voucher at
Kelty Meadow.

 

17.  Zephyr Anglewing (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus): (1) Taken late in the
afternoon at the sandy area south of Big Sandy Camp.  Very worn, definitely
a straggler from the over-wintering population.

 

18.  Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): One seen late in the day at the Jackson
Rd. meadow.  Very fresh.

 

19.  California Sister (Adelpha californica): (8)  Seen at all locations.

 

20. Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini lorquini): (5-6) Worn individuals
seen at Kelty Meadow and Fresno Dome Trailhead Meadow around willows.

 

21. Monarch (Danaus plexippus): (5-6)  Not found on our list on June 19,
seen at Kelty Meadow, Fresno Dome Camp, and Fresno Dome Trailhead Meadow.

 

Added Notes: One big distraction for the day was the presence of the
day-flying Sierra Pericopid, Gnophaela latipennis (Family: Erebidae).  I've
got 30-40 written down, but may have been hundreds.  All locations except
for Big Sandy Camp and Jackson Rd.  Being alone and rushed most of the day,
I probably missed some species that would have been picked up by another
person.  Did not see anything resembling a Cloudywing, although 5 species
were seen on June 19.  No C. palla altasierra or C. hoffmanni hoffmanni
seen, anything orange always seemed to turn out B. epithore sierra.

 

Best Wishes,

 

Steve
Subject: Silver Creek Cyn., White Mts., CA
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:50:26 -0700
Everyone:

   I surveyed the White Mts. in Silver Creek Canyon east of Bishop and Laws,
Inyo County, CA on the afternoon of July 10, 2014 after the SF of Bishop
Creek clouded up.  The higher White Mts. were also very clouded up but
clouds were coming and going lower down on the west slope where I was.
Butterflies found with some comments:

(1) Northern White or Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)

(2) Checkered Skipper complex (Pyrgus communis or albescens)

(3) Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado idaho)

(4) Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)

(5) Two-Tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata); Saw what appeared to be
this species but unable to confirm with an actual capture.

(6) Becker's White (Pontia beckerii): confirmed individual vouchered at
lower stream crossing

(7) Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

(8) Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)-only 1

(9) Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

(10) Tailed Copper (Lycaena arota ssp. undetermined): Three males collected
at upper creek crossing. The first records of this species I could find in
this mountain range.  I have taken nominate arota across the Owens Valley in
the Sierra in Pine Creek Canyon.  Subspecies can differ in the Whites.  It
may be virginiensis, found in the Mono Lake-Bridgeport area in Mono County.

(11) Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii behrii)

(12) Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus desertorum): only one seen at
creek crossing.

(13) Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum): Took 4 at upper creek
crossing.

(14) Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)-common

(15) Desert Azure (Celastrina echo cinerea)

(16) Great Basin Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele paulus)-several

(17) Monarch (Danaus plexippus) saw a half dozen or so, worn to fresh.

(18) Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini pallidafacies)-common

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
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For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: South Fork Bishop Creek 8300-9000' CA
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:23:42 -0700
Everyone:

   I spent the early morning (8:10-11 AM) of July 10th and most of the day
(9 AM-3 PM) on July 13th collecting or surveying butterfly locations with
most time working on streamside areas along the creek or in flatland wet
spots and browning meadows.  Clouds ended collecting early on July 10th in
the eastern Sierra and I traveled across the Owens Valley to survey Silver
Creek Canyon in the White Mts. from 12 to 3 PM when clouds ended the day
there early as well.

   I have been collecting the Bishop Creek Lodge area (SF of Bishop Creek
8300') since 1979.  It is no longer very good for leps for several reasons:
The sagebrush areas have become too tall and climaxed, too much development
for campgrounds and private homes.  Most of my efforts this trip was the
area around Table Mtn. Camp (meadows and wet meadows) and the fishing area
just up from there.  Lots of blues and other butterflies visit wet spots
along the creekbed.  I went to Willow Creek Camp meadow for Sierra Nevada
Blues (Agriades podarce).

   Many years ago, I collected a couple of Shasta Blues in that area and
have always wondered if that was real or due to mislabeling on my part.  On
the later date I collected 5 Plebejus shasta along the fishing trail
wetspots.  They are awesome, twice the size of shasta found higher up along
the Sierra Crest or in the White Mts.

   Butterfly species seen or collected July 10 and 13, 2014:

(1) Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius): 2 rags caught and released to
ID on the 13th above Table Mtn. Camp.

(2) Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius) sparingly netted (most released)
from SF Bishop Creek along river 8300-9000'.  Most worn.

(3) Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana nevada): 1 seen at flower at 9000'

(4) Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis): uncommon

(5) Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado idaho): uncommon

(6) Nevada Skipper (Hesperia nevada sierra)-only one, wet meadow near Table
Mtn. Camp across Bishop Creek.

(7) Tecumseh Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti tecumseh)-scarce

(8) Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora sonora): same meadow with H. nevada.

(9) Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)-2 on July 13th along the creek or
at mud along the wet edges.  One stayed put for 3 hours!

(10) Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)- common

(11) Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-scarce.

(12) Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

(13) Edith's Copper (Lycaena editha): Saw 3, collected one...all at about
9000'

(14) Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreus lapidicola). Saw 3 on July 13th at the
flat open area with fisherman trails.  Very scarce in this region.

(15) Blue Copper (Lycaena heteronea austin):  One at Bishop Creek Lodge and
3 or 4 at the flat area upstream from Table Mtn. Camp.  All went to mud with
all the other "blues" on July 13th.  Few blues went to mud on the 10th...too
cool and overcast.

(16) Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii behrii): dry areas with the host.

(17) Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus pudicus)-1

(18) Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)

(19) Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola): One at a wet spot at 9000'

(20) Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo)-several

(21) Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus excubitus) Several (most were worn)
at 9000' wet spots along the creek.

(22) Friday's Blue (Plebejus fridayi): common but hidden among the more
common icarioides at mud at 9000'.  John Emmel believes these are a high
elevation P. melissa with the real fridayi higher up on the Sierra Crest.

(23) Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa inyoensis)-some flyups from lower levels
did appear to be present with the larger "fridayi."

(24) Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides eosierra):  Hundreds at mud.
especially at 9000'

(25) Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)-scarce

(26) Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini near chlorina)-scarce-common most years

(27) Shasta Blue (Plebejus shasta calchas).  Collected 5.  These were easily
overlooked at puddle parties along Bishop Creek at the large flat for
fisherman.  At 9000', these were not in the usual rocky subalpine cushion
plant habitat at all.  The day before, I was seeing them above timberline in
a sagebrush ravine at about 11,000' and on a rocky peak in the White Mts. at
12,500'.  I did not collect many shasta then needed for my collection for
reasons to become apparent when I post that day's activities.

(28) Sierra Nevada Arctic Blue (Agriades podarce-east slope Sierra): Willow
Creek Camp Meadow, common July 13th, not sampled on 10th.

(29) Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus aehaja)-several sites but not real
common.

(30) Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella)-black eastern Sierra Nevada
segregate seen near Bishop Creek Lodge 8300' and meadows near Table Mtn.
Camp.  Not at other sites at the Fisherman's Flat or Willow Camp Meadow.

(31) Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)- singletons Bishop Crk. Lodge and
Willow Camp Meadow.

(32) Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): scarce

(33) Green Comma (Polygonia faunus rusticus): one seen on branch across the
river while on fisherman's trail on the flat at 9000' in densely wooded area
on the 10th.  I returned on the 13th hoping for a specimen but all Polygonia
taken or seen on the 13th were the following:

(34) Zephyr Anglewing AKA Hoary Comma (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus)

(35) Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini pallidafacies): common at the
fisherman's trail area along Bishop Creek at 9000', higher than that they
appear to grade into nominate lorquini (Willow Camp meadow).  I will be
comparing these with others from the White Mts. and Glass Mtn. taken this
trip.

(36) Small Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis oetus oetus) common.  Some may have been C.
sthenele paulus.  Not sampled well.  I took 2 oetus.

(37): Monarch (Danaus plexippus): several seen from 8300' to 9200'.  Where
do Monarchs go in the summer season?  Higher areas with abundant water and
flowers below Hudsonian Zone.

(38) Queen (Danaus gilippus thersippus):  Not in this area, but seen on this
morning crossing Hwy. 395 at 4000' between Big Pine and Bishop at the
Collins Rd.

 

Not seen were Riding's Satyr near Bishop Creek Lodge but I did not search
sagebrush habitats much.  Also conspicuous by their absence were Mylitta
Crescents, Chalcedon Checkerspots, several Nymphalids and Becker's White.
No Indra Swallowtails.  No Ivallda Arctics?  Don't laugh, I've seen them in
numbers near the Lodge at 8300' in early July 1979 and caught a couple
(likely now in the LACM).  Posted Private property at Aspendall kept me from
searching for Euphydryas editha there.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: White Mts. near Narrows, CA
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:17:44 -0700
Everyone:

   I took a 5 day trip to the Bishop area (Inyo and Mono Counties,
California) and had cloudy conditions for the first 4 days.  This trip is an
example in why I rarely stick to an itinerary as I often had to change plans
of collecting in the Sierras some mornings and go into the Whites later on
in same morning or afternoons due to cloud build ups.  My plans for day 1
were to collect the White Mts. Divide above 10,000' but quick cloud build up
and even rain ended those plans quickly.

 

Only 12 species were found at these two locations in the White Mts on July
9, 2014.

 

White Mtn. Rd. 3.5 miles or so North of Schulman Grove (Bristlecone Pines)
along edge of road and hillside:

1.  High elevation Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa) larger than subspecies
inyoensis in the Owens Valley) or Friday's Blue (Plebejus fridayi).  The
correct name to use depends on ones view of what Friday's Blue is and
whether or not it occurs in the White Mts.  The Anna Blue has been
recognized and published as occurring in that mountain range but John Emmel
believes such records were misidentified and actually represent the high
elevation melissa in that range.  Whatever the "correct" name turns out to
be...I collected 6 or 7, much needed to compare with fridayi or to represent
that milissa segregate should they be that.  Both fridayi and the high
elevation use the same larval host: Astragalus whitneyi.

2. Boisduval's'Blue (Plebejus icarioides albihalos): a very large and
distinctively marked White Mts. endemic.-1

 

Westgard Pass and the Narrows:  (Usually sunny or intermittent clouds)

 

3. Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis)

4. White Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)-both checkered skippers have
been genitalicaaly confirmed below the Narrows from the side canyon I was in
and these Pyrgus regardless of what these were ...were common.

5. Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)-common only after 2 PM

6. Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado idaho)- saw 6-10

7. Becker's White (Pontia beckerii)-2 (one vouchered)

8. Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii behrii): Common above and below
Narrows, more common above it. Also found near old entrance to Bristlecone
Pines White Mts. Rd.  Saw 20 or so.

9. Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus pudicus)-2

10. Western Pigmy Blue (Brephidium exilis)-1 in wash below Narrows.

 

11. THE CENTRAL BLUE (Euphilotes centralis hadrochilus).  This is one of the
most distinctive members of the Euphilotes genus, distinguished by very
large size in many cases and very wide black borders in the males using
yellow flowered Eriogonum umbellatum as a host, but not found away from the
Narrows area at Westgard Pass or up the grade to Schulman Grove in limited
searches.  I also found zero in the likely looking canyon below the Narrows
which had a white flowered buckwheat.  Trying my old colony site above the
Narrows, I was surprised to find the colony site has grown markedly since my
1999 visit to this range for it.  A close search of the host found adults
and few males were left.  Females were more frequently seen.  As the day
ended, adults were coming to blooming host plants right along the road above
the Narrows.  Others were found up the canyon on the south-southwest
climbing canyon.  Elusive and hard to approach.  Thirty or more seen in 1
1/2 hours.

   This is NOT the same biological species as Bauer's Blue (Euphilotes
baueri) which flies in this area 2 months before centralis begins its flight
and has another larval host.

 

12. Great Basin Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele paulus): Common to very
common in side canyons and washes. 60+ seen.

 

   So a trip to the Whites at the Narrows in July can find more butterflies
(but not the same desirable species) than a trip in May.  It was obvious
there have been recent rains there and the plants seemed to be relatively
well watered at the Narrows, less so lower down closer to Big Pine or
elsewhere higher up.  Thunderstorms lead to localized watering of the flora
and what eats on them.  Note John Emmel and others describing hadrochilus
point out that it is of narrow range: replaced by Euphilotes ancilla in much
of the Whites (CA-NV Range) and by other Euphilotes species to the south in
the Inyo Mts.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: Sunrise Highway, San Diego County
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:24:38 -0700
All,

Sunrise Highway, near town of Mt. Laguna - July 12 (Sat)
Flowers seems to be doing well.  I do not see any moisture though...

Afranius Duskywing (Erynnis afranius)
White Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)
Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca)
Woodland Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanoides sylvanoides)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak (Satyrium tetra)
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
Edwards' Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus gyas)
Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)
Semiramis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis semiramis)
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
..I bet there were more, such as California Sister, but no time to wonder far 
from the road this time. 


At home in San Diego, near Poway.
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) - laying eggs on lawn.
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) - Laying egg on mandarin orange tree
Southwestern Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae marcellina)
Common Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus pudica) - laying eggs on hibiscus
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
Edwards' Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus gyas)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae incarnata) - laying eggs on passion flower

Koji

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Subject: Cazba.org Field Trip to East Clear Creek, Coconino County, AZ 12 July 2014
From: "kurtrad AT mexicobirding.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Jul 2014 11:56:42 -0700
It was a good CAZBA.org Field Trip to east Clear Creek with great sunny weather 
and a decent number of butterflies. Despite the great sunny weather, the 
butterfly diversity was low. Target species for East Clear Creek are Northern 
Crescent and Long Dash. We managed to see two Northern Crescents, but dipped on 
the Long Dash. The highlight of the day for me was seeing Arizona Treefrog 
(Hyla wrightorum) a frog I had only seen once previously! 

 

 Butterflies:
 Orange Sulphur  (Colias eurytheme)         
Queen Alexandra's Sulphur (Colias alexandra)           
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)            
Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus)           
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)             
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)             
Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)            
Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)            
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii)      
Atlantis Fritillary (Speyeria atlantis)           
Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)           
Northern Crescent (Phyciodes cocyta)            
'Arizona' Silver-spotted Skipper  ( Epargyreus clarus)           
Pahaska Skipper (Hesperia pahaska)            
Tawny-edged Skipper (Polites themistocles)        
Taxiles Skipper (Poanes taxiles)             
 
Thanks to everyone for the great companionship and making the trek such a 
success. 

 

 Cindy’s Treefrog photo here: http://www.birdingthecloud.com/Photos.aspx 
http://www.birdingthecloud.com/Photos.aspx 

 

 Kurt Radamaker
Subject: Tehachapi Mtn. Park
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:52:50 -0700
Everyone:

   I returned to Tehachapi Mtn. Park, Kern County, California today on July
8th, 2014 after hearing from Dale Halbritter that he had observed 20
Tehachapi Pine Whites there yesterday and had collected a male and two
females.  I have not found them in the past 7 years and unlike Dale, I never
even saw one sure individual, but may have seen one.  This time I was there
10:10 AM to 3:10 PM and found the following (5 days after my last report):

 

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)-1

Large or Northern White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)-7

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)-1, a stray

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)-8

 

Two-Tailed Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus)-4.  I collected
one very nice small male (3 1/4" wingspread with two small nicks out of each
forewing but otherwise in perfect condition with intact swallowtails, hard
to do with this species in California.  Best seen in early morning when they
are closer to the ground.

 

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)-1 in Water Canyon below the Park

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-50 or more.

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)-12

 

Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides xanthoides)-40+ half worn; half in good
shape.  Males commoner by 3:1 ratio.

 

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus corcorani): 1 nice female seen.

Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus desertorum): 4, all after 2:40 PM.

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus pudicus)-1

Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo)-8

Western Tailed Blue (Cupido amyntula amyntula)-2

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon): 60

Macaria Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe macaria)-4

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)-4

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)-2

Buckeye (Junonia coenia grisea)-2

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini powelli)-2

California Sister (Adelpha californica)-70+

Great Basin Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele)-10 or 12

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)-4

   

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: Southern AZ Monsoon Rains
From: "'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:37:24 -0700
U of A sponsors the Rain Log site into which local residents enter daily 
readings from their rain gauges. Anyone can access the daily, weekly or monthly 
results of these reports laid over a Google Map. Click on: 
http://rainlog.org/usprn/html/main/maps.jsp . This will reveal a map with the 
previous day’s measurements in many locations. To the right of the map are 
settings for specific sections of the state and measurements by date. This will 
give those curious about our rains a good idea about what is happening. 

Those locals who wish to participate actively in the Rain Log program are 
welcome to do so. 

Cheers!

Hank Brodkin 
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
31°26’59.8”N 110°16’02.8”W
hbrodkin AT cox.net
"Butterflies of Arizona - a Photographic Guide"
"Finding Butterflies in Arizona - a Guide to the Best Sites"
http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/hbrodkin/
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Subject: 2014 SE Arizona Butterfly Counts
From: "'Fred Heath' fred.heath43 AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:30:10 -0700
With the monsoon rains in full swing, the five upcoming SE AZ butterfly
counts over the next few weekends (beginning on Saturday July 19) should
provide lots of butterfly excitement. 

                Last year the Ramsey Canyon and Patagonia counts with 85 and
80 species respectively were number two and three in the nation. In
addition, Ramsey Canyon had the highest counts in the nation  for 24 species
(including 6 species which were found on no other counts), while Patagonia
recorded 22 high counts (with 4 being unique to that count). The Sabino
Canyon  and Santa Rita counts each had high counts for 3 species with the 13
Elf found on the Santa Rita count being the first time this species was ever
recorded on a summer count. 

                Below is a listing of these 5 counts with meeting time and
place information. Beginners are always welcome. There is a $3 count fee for
each participant. Note all the counts except Portal have a compilation
dinner at the end of the day at a local eatery. Compiler contact info is
provided for each count. If you have any questions or would like to request
particular areas in which to count please contact the compiler directly.  

 

Sabino Canyon: Saturday July 19, meet at 6:30 AM at Sabino Canyon Visitor
Center, compiler Karen Nickey  520-326-2070


Portal: Saturday July 26, 8:00 AM  at Forest Service Visitors Center west of
the Portal Store, compiler Fred Heath fred.heath43 AT gmail.com  

Santa Rita Mts. Summer: Sunday July 27, 7:30 AM, outside of McDonald's at
Continental Road exit (Exit 63) of I-19 in Green Valley, compiler Mary
Klinkel munchita AT msn.com  

Ramsey Canyon: Saturday August 2 6:00 AM meeting in Sierra Vista (place
TBA), compiler Doug Danforth danforthdg AT aol.com  

Patagonia: Saturday August 9, 6:00 AM, the Gathering Grounds (restaurant) in
Patagonia, compiler Rich Bailowitz raberg2 AT q.com 

 

 
Subject: SE AZ: Summer Santa Rita Mts Butterfly Count
From: "mary klinkel munchita AT msn.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 03:34:44 +0000
Fourth annual Summer Santa Rita Mts Butterfly Count will be held Sunday, July 
27, 2014. Everyone is welcome to join the fun as we visit this Sky Island 
mountain range near the AZ-MX border. 


 

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at McDonalds/Safeway parking area on Continental Road 1/4 
mile east of I-19 in Green Valley, AZ unless you have made prior arrangements 
with compiler Mary Klinkel Munchita AT msn.com 520 615 0969 or 520 275 0163 cell. 


 

This is an official North American Butterfly Association (NABA) count and each 
participant is requested to pay $3 for compilation expenses, collected by the 
compiler and sent to NABA. We also have a compilation dinner for all who wish 
to attend at their own expense. We will meet at 5pm (unless we get rained out, 
then we’ll meet earlier) at Florentino’sMexican restaurant, 100 W. Duval 
Mine Road (1/4 mile west of I-19) in Sahuarita. 



 

Even if you only have one hour we appreciate your help with this count. Thank 
you! 



Mary Klinkel, Tucson, AZ



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Subject: Lake Cuyamaca, San Diego
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:40:25 -0700
Hi All,

Went to Lake Cuyamaca today.
From yesterday, I started to notice thunderclouds over the mountains. This is 
good. Hope they drop some water on the mountains. 


Afranius Duskywing (Erynnis afranius) - common
White Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus albescens) - 2
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - nice big female nectaring
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
Purplish Copper (Lycaena helloides) - common
Desert Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus desertorum) - 1 female
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - common
Edwards' Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus gyas) - 5
Orange Margined Blue (Plebejus melissa paradoxa) - common
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - 5
Monarch (Danaus plexippus plexippus) - 2 hanging around Milkweed
Gray Buckeye (Junonia coenia grisea) - 1 fresh
Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta) - fresh 4

by 11am, thunderclouds started to form above my head, so I retreated back home.

Koji
San Diego

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Subject: Re: Ebutterfly
From: "Elizabeth Long elizabeth.c.long AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:39:17 -0700
As an eButterfly user I can attest to its usefulness.  If there are
concerns about sensitive species/rarities, there is an option to make the
observation non-public.   I believe that listed species automatically get
treated differently by the system, and the locality information in that
case gets "fuzzed out" to something like a 10km radius.


Cheers,
Elizabeth Long
Prescott, AZ




On Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 7:41 AM, Richard Carlson rccarl AT pacbell.net

[SoWestLep]  wrote:


>
>
> Nick is correct, local review a good idea. I'm enthused about ebutterfly
> but my wife reminded me to not report rarities: too many over-enthusiastic
> collectors out there to risk losing a colony.
>
> Richard Carlson
> Full time birder,biker, Rotarian
> Part-time Economist
> Tucson, AZ
> Lake Tahoe, CA
> Kirkland, WA
> Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Tehachapi Mtn. Park
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 21:04:19 -0700
Everyone:

   I was able to spend 4 hours at Tehachapi Mtn. Park, Kern County,
California today (July 3, 11:50AM-3:30 PM), limited by life's circumstances.

 

Finds during the 4 hours:

 

Large White or Northern White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)-6

Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora sonora): the first I've seen here in about 40
years and only the 2nd ever!

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)-6

 

Two-Tailed Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus)-2 in Antelope
Canyon in the first hour, both nice fresh males...nice to see after many
years of absence in this location.

 

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-30

Becker's White (Pontia beckerii)-1

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)-10 (including Water Canyon)

 

Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides xanthoides)-25 and most in good condition.
60 % were males-40% females.  Because there are taxonomic issues within this
species I collected 8 of them including 3 females  Those we saw on the
Sherman Pass Rd. at higher and lower elevations last Sunday were "rags".

 

Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo)-6

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)-2

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)-30

 

Macaria Fritillary (Speyeria callippe macaria)-7

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)-5

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini powelli)-4 or 5

California Sister (Adelpha californica)-20

Great Basin Wood-nymph (Cercyonis sthenele with both behrii and silvestris
phenotypes)-20 but very hard to capture (took 3) in the tall grass and
difficult terrain.

California Ringlet (Coenonympha california california.

 

Added Notes: Apparently too early for Pine Whites, Golden Hairstreaks and
Sylvan Hairstreaks.  No Monarchs were seen despite milkweeds all over the
place.  There was no water up the trail and ravine above Oak Flat.  No Satyr
Anglewings seen but I had to depart early.  The host for Western Tailed
Blues was common but fried and the butterfly has apparently ended its
flight.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: RE: Sherman Pass butterfly count
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:23:06 -0700
Bob and all:

   I left out one species in my report:

 

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)-14 but there may have been as many as 20 or more.

Comments: Many were seen in the morning at several locations but things
became very interesting at the Alder Creek Crossing (6800') of the Sherman
Pass Rd. between 4 and 5 PM.  Especially at about 4:30 PM it appeared that
Monarchs were all over the place as adults patrolled up and down the canyon
and stream (multiple sightings of some individuals was evident) but
sightings were made throughout the day at several sites including outside
the count circle.  Lots of milkweeds were evident along the Sierra Hwy.
along the Kern River and at places off the Sherman Pass area.  Last Thursday
(june 25th), I only saw maybe 2 Monarchs at Limestone Camp.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; Fred Heath; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com;
Stephen A Randall; Bob Barnes
Subject: Sherman Pass butterfly count

 

Everyone:  The Sherman Pass Butterfly Count is actually part of the Sequoia
National Monument Count though the Sherman Pass area in NOT in the National
Monument.  This report is going  to Bob Barnes to combine with the report
with his car group (Bob and Alison Sheehey).  My car group included Kim
Kuska and Stephen Randall.  The upper Kern River and Sherman Pass are in
Tulare County north of Kernville.  A scouting report done June 27th found 40
species but conditions were very windy and conditions were often cloudy on
that day.  Weather was better today with very few clouds and relatively
little wing except at the rocky outcrop at 9000' west below Sherman Pass.
Today, with 3 of us and better conditions, we had 60 species in our car
group.

 

Butterflies seen or collected with some comments:

 

Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius baldur)-9.  Much more general in
occurrence this time.

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)-3

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)-6

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon): 19

 

Two-Tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus): A nice female
patrolling the cliff above the road below the area nearing Limestone Camp.
A species rarely seen in this region.-1

 

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-30

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)-1

Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides transmontana)-6

Pearly or California Marble (Euchloe hyantis hyantis)-2

Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata lanceolata)-2

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)-14

Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides xanthoides)-9

California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica californica)-6

Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus desertorum)-3

 

Gold-Huner's Hairstreak (Satyrium auretorum auretorum X spadix)-3 south of
Limestone Camp as were all the other Satyrium hairstreaks.

 

Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak (Satyrium tetra)-50

Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)-27

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides)-2

Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon eryphon)-1

 

Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum)-1, very LATE for this species.
Taken at Alder Creek 6800' by Stephen Randall.

 

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus pudicus): 3

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)-3, probably more

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)-1 (Calkin's Flat by Stephen Randall.)

Western "Spring" Azure (Celastrina echo echo)-45  Celastrina ladon to NABA

Western Square Dotted Blue (Euphilotes glaucon comstocki)-8  E. battoides in
NABA list.

Bernardino Dotted Blue (Euphilotes bernardino): E. battoides ssp. in NABA
list-3

Pacific Dotted Blue (Euphilotes enoptes tildeni)-1

Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus piasus)-1

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)-30

Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus)-40

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides icarioides X evius)-30

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon acmon)-20

 

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola and chlorina)-10.  A specimen I
believe was a Veined Blue (Plebejus neurona) is a very large female with
orange up the forewings above and looks like a Veined Blue except for blue
overscaling.  This is form "carolyna."

 

Sierra Navada "Arctic" Blue (Agriades podarce cilla)-6

Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene monticola)-10

Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe macaria)-20

Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis egleis)-16

Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia mormonia)-45

Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)-27

Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris)-35

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)-20

Edith's Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha similar to both augustina and
aurilacus)-5 at 8900'

Hoary or Zephyr Comma (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus)-4

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)-6

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)-1

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia grisea)-2

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini near lorquini)-4

California Sister (Adelpha californica)-10

Common Ringlet AKA California Ringlet (Coenonympha "tullia" california-2

Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus californicus)-9

Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades indistinctus)-12

Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana nevada)-6

Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius)-6

Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)-10

White Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)-1 at Fairview, ID pending
genitalic confirmation of this male)

Northern or Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)-4

Tecumseh Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti tecumseh)-2

Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora sonora): 26

Rural Skipper (Polites agricola nemorum)-3  An individual female I thought
was O. sylvanoides is likely this skipper.-3

 

Bob: Please forward to Alison and Kim, Thank You.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 

 
Subject: Sherman Pass butterfly count
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 23:10:45 -0700
Everyone:  The Sherman Pass Butterfly Count is actually part of the Sequoia
National Monument Count though the Sherman Pass area in NOT in the National
Monument.  This report is going  to Bob Barnes to combine with the report
with his car group (Bob and Alison Sheehey).  My car group included Kim
Kuska and Stephen Randall.  The upper Kern River and Sherman Pass are in
Tulare County north of Kernville.  A scouting report done June 27th found 40
species but conditions were very windy and conditions were often cloudy on
that day.  Weather was better today with very few clouds and relatively
little wing except at the rocky outcrop at 9000' west below Sherman Pass.
Today, with 3 of us and better conditions, we had 60 species in our car
group.

 

Butterflies seen or collected with some comments:

 

Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius baldur)-9.  Much more general in
occurrence this time.

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)-3

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)-6

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon): 19

 

Two-Tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus): A nice female
patrolling the cliff above the road below the area nearing Limestone Camp.
A species rarely seen in this region.-1

 

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-30

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)-1

Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides transmontana)-6

Pearly or California Marble (Euchloe hyantis hyantis)-2

Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata lanceolata)-2

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)-14

Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides xanthoides)-9

California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica californica)-6

Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus desertorum)-3

 

Gold-Huner's Hairstreak (Satyrium auretorum auretorum X spadix)-3 south of
Limestone Camp as were all the other Satyrium hairstreaks.

 

Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak (Satyrium tetra)-50

Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)-27

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides)-2

Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon eryphon)-1

 

Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum)-1, very LATE for this species.
Taken at Alder Creek 6800' by Stephen Randall.

 

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus pudicus): 3

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)-3, probably more

Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)-1 (Calkin's Flat by Stephen Randall.)

Western "Spring" Azure (Celastrina echo echo)-45  Celastrina ladon to NABA

Western Square Dotted Blue (Euphilotes glaucon comstocki)-8  E. battoides in
NABA list.

Bernardino Dotted Blue (Euphilotes bernardino): E. battoides ssp. in NABA
list-3

Pacific Dotted Blue (Euphilotes enoptes tildeni)-1

Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus piasus)-1

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa)-30

Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus)-40

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides icarioides X evius)-30

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon acmon)-20

 

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola and chlorina)-10.  A specimen I
believe was a Veined Blue (Plebejus neurona) is a very large female with
orange up the forewings above and looks like a Veined Blue except for blue
overscaling.  This is form "carolyna."

 

Sierra Navada "Arctic" Blue (Agriades podarce cilla)-6

Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene monticola)-10

Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe macaria)-20

Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis egleis)-16

Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia mormonia)-45

Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)-27

Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris)-35

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)-20

Edith's Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha similar to both augustina and
aurilacus)-5 at 8900'

Hoary or Zephyr Comma (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus)-4

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)-6

West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)-1

Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia grisea)-2

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini near lorquini)-4

California Sister (Adelpha californica)-10

Common Ringlet AKA California Ringlet (Coenonympha "tullia" california-2

Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus californicus)-9

Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades indistinctus)-12

Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana nevada)-6

Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius)-6

Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)-10

White Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus albescens)-1 at Fairview, ID pending
genitalic confirmation of this male)

Northern or Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum)-4

Tecumseh Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti tecumseh)-2

Sonora Skipper (Polites sonora sonora): 26

Rural Skipper (Polites agricola nemorum)-3  An individual female I thought
was O. sylvanoides is likely this skipper.-3

 

Bob: Please forward to Alison and Kim, Thank You.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Greenhorn Mts.
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:30:42 -0700
Everyone:

   Today was the Greenhorn Mts. (including Kernville & Wofford Heights)
butterfly count including two groups (1) Bob Barnes and Alison Sheehey and
(2) Kim Kuska, Steve Randall and myself.  My car group had 42 species and I
think the total count was 44 species, not bad considering the poor turnout
for the count, a recent forest fire that burned the Old State Rd. area badly
in the past 2 weeks and the obvious drought.  Like Sherman Pass, most
butterfly species normally found this time of the year were either gone or
well ahead of their normal flight periods.  Butterflies found and some
comments:

 

Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus californicus): 

Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades indistinctus)

Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius)

Dyar's Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius)

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Checkered Skipper (probably Pyrgus communis, found above 7000'

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus phyleus)-at Kernville

Tecumseh Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti tecumseh)

Sonoran Skipper (Polites sonora sonora)

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)

 

Two-Tailed Swallowtail (Papilio multicaudata pusillus) While at Cedar Creek
and preparing to go, I noted a Two-Tailed Swallowtal heading down towards
and, it took an "L" turn right at us and Steve Randall netted it right at my
car.  Possibly the first record for Cedar Creek in over 30 years.  Colonies
move around.

 

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides)

Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus): a nice female at Tiger Flat, over
7000' elevation.

Golden Hairstreak (Habrodais grunus grunus)-Cedar Creek-few observed, one
collected by Kim Kuska.

Hedge-Row Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium chalcis)

Nelson's Hairstreak (Callophrys nelsoni nelsoni)

Western Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides)

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus pudicus)

Western Pigmy Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)-common in vacant lot in Kernville.

Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo)

Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus)

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides near evius)

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini)-both chlorina and monticola occur near here.

Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe laurina)

Hydaspe Fritillary (Speyeria hydaspe viridicornis)

Western Meadow Fritillary AKA Pacific Fritillary (Boloria epithore
sierra)-only 3, ending flight very early, probably common near Tobias Peak
still.

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)

Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris)

Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti subpallida)-1 near top of ski lift
at Shirley Meadows.

Hoary Comma or Zephyr Anglewing  (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus)

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Buckeye (Junonia coenia grisea)

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini near lorquini)

California Sister (Adelpha californica)

California Ringlet (Coenonympha (tullia) california calfornia

Monarch (Danaus plexippus plexippus)

Queen (Danaus gilippus thersippus)-Kernville.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Butterfly data from Grand Canyon National Park
From: "Robb Hannawacker hannawacker AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:26:29 -0700
I'm a ranger naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park.  Our first
annual butterfly count will be September 6, 2014.  Please contact me
with interest in joining.


We haven't had much entomology/invertebrate research within the park
from what I gather from records.  Voucher specimens were collected
from the park especially from the 1940s and 1950s under the Chief
Naturalist Louis Schellbach.  I have photographed many of the
specimens of that era, and some poached specimens confiscated for
evidence from the late 1980s.  If you would like to review or use
these photos with collection data and museum catalog numbers, you are
welcome to check out my flickr account:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/39422575 AT N02/sets/72157645333882816/


To see the collection in person, contact Grand Canyon's Museum
Collections at 928-638-7769 to schedule an appointment.


In addition, all photos I've posted on flickr can be used for
promoting conservation.


Larry Stevens of the Museum of Northern University has done
invertebrate work within Grand Canyon over the more recent years.
I've taken his data and our museum collections data and composed a
species list for butterfly count purposes.  If any taxonomist see any
dubious mistakes, please contact me...


Robb Hannawacker
Park Ranger Naturalist
Grand Canyon National Park
PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
(982) 638-7663


GRCA Butterfly List (125 species)
Compiled by Robb Hannawacker

From GRCA Museum Collections and
Museum of Northern Arizona voucher specimens
Names based off of J. Glassberg 2012
June 14, 2014


Papilionidae (Swallowtails)


Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor
Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus
Two-tailed Swallowtail, Papilio multicaudata
Baird’s Swallowtail, Papilio machaon bairdii
Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes coloro
Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon
Kaibab Swallowtail, Papilio indra kaibabensis


Pieridae (Whites, Sulphurs & marble-wings)


Sara Orange-tip, Anthocharis sara inghami
Southern Dogface, Zerene cesonia
Common Sulphur, Colias philodice
Orange Sulphur, Colias eurytheme
Sleepy Orange, Eurema nicippe
Mexican Yellow, Eurema mexicana
Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole
Pine White, Neophasia menapia
Cloudless Sulphur, Phoebis sennae
Spring White, Pontia sisymbrii
Western White, Pontia occidentalis
Checkered White, Pontia protodice protodice
Becker’s White, Pontia beckerii


Riodinidae, Metalmarks


Mormon Metalmark, Apodemia mormo
Palmer’s Metalmark, Apodemia palmeri
Fatal Metalmark, Calephelis nemesis
Zela Metalmark, Emesis zela


Lycaenidae, Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks


Arctic Blue, Agriades glandon rustica
Great Purple Hairstreak, Atlides halesus
Western Pygmy Blue, Brephidium exilis
Juniper Hairstreak, Callophrys gryneus siva
Thicket Hairstreak, Callophrys spinetorum
Bramble Hairstreak, Callophrys affinis apama
Western Pine Elfin, Callophrys eryphon
Echo Blue, Celastrina argiolus echo
Arizona Blue, Celastrina argiolus cinerea
Square-spotted Blue, Euphilotes battoides
Western Tailed-Blue, Everes amyntula herri
‘Oro’ Silvery Blue, Glaucopsyche lygdamus oro
Ceraunus Blue, Hemiargus ceraunus gyas
Reakirt's Blue, Hemiargus isola
Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly, Hypaurotis crysalus crysalus
Marine Blue, Leptotes marina
Tailed Copper, Lycaena  arota schellbachi
Blue Copper, Lycaena heteronea gravenotata
Melissa Blue, Lycaeides Melissa
Acmon Blue, Plebejus acmon
Boisduval's Blue, Plebejus icarioides lycea

Lupine Blue, Plebejus lupini
Greenish Blue, Plebejus  saepiolus gertschi
Behr's Hairstreak, Satyrium behrii
Ilavia Hairstreak, Satyrium ilavia
Hedgerow Hairstreak, Satyrium saepium saepium
Gray Hairstreak, Strymon melinus


Nymphalidae, Brush-footed Butterflies


Arizona Sister, Adelpha bredowii eulalia
Empress Leilia, Asterocampa leilia
Hackberry Emperor, Asterocampa celtis
Great Basin Wood-nymph, Cercyonis sthenele masoni
Small Wood-Nymph, Cercyonis oetus phocus
Mead's Wood-Nymph, Cercyonis meadii damei
Sagebrush Checkerspot, Chlosyne acastus neumoegeni
Leanira Checkerspot, Chlosyne leanira
Fulvia Checkerspot, Chlosyne fulvia
California Patch, Chlosyne californica
Grand Canyon Ringlet, Coenonympa ochracea furcae
Canyonland Gemmed-Satyr, Cyllopsis pertepida dorothea
Queen, Danaus gilippus strigosus
Monarch, Danaus plexippus
Edith’s Checkerspot, Euphydryas editha
‘Anicia’ Variable Checkerspot, Euphydryas chalcedona anicia
Variegated Fritillary, Euptoieta Claudia
"Dark" Tropical Buckeye, Junonia genoveva nigrosuffusa
Common Buckeye, Junonia coenia
American Snout, Libytheana carinenta
Arizona Viceroy, Limenitis archippus obsoleta
Arizona Red-spotted Purple, Limenitis arthemis arizonensis
Weidemeyer's Admiral, Limenitis weidemeyerii angustifascia
Riding’s Satyr, Neominois ridingsii dionysus
Mourning Cloak, Nymphalis antiopa
California Tortoiseshell, Nymphalis californica
Mylitta Crescent, Phyciodes mylitta arizonensis
Field Crescent, Phyciodes campestris
Pallid Crescentspot, Phyciodes pallida
Pearl Crescent, Phyciodes tharos pascoensis
Barne's Canyon Crescent, Phyciodes batesii anasazi
Dotted Checkerspot, Poladryas minuta
Arachne Checkerspot, Poladryas arachne
Satyr Comma, Polygonia satyrus
Hoary Comma, Polygonia gracilis zephyrus
West Coast Lady, Vanessa Annabella
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui
American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis
‘Southwestern’ Atlantis Fritillary, Speyeria atlantis nausicaa
Chitone Fritillary, Speyeria hesperis chitone
‘White Mountains’ Aphrodite Fritillary, Speyeria Aphrodite byblis
Schellbach's Fritillary, Speyeria hesperis schellbachii


Hesperiidae, Skippers


Mojave Giant-Skipper, Agathymus alliae
Python Skipper, Atrytonopsis python
Viereck’s Skipper, Atrytonopsis vierecki
Acacia Skipper, Cogia hippalus
Orange Skipperling, Copaeodes aurantiaca
Silver-spotted Skipper, Epargyreus clarus
Dreamy Duskywing, Erynnis icelus
Meridian Duskywing, Erynnis meridianus
Persius Duskywing, Erynnis persius
Afranius Duskywing, Erynnis afranius
Funereal Duskywing, Erynnis funeralis
Horace’s Duskywing, Erynnis horatius
Juvenal’s Duskywing, Erynnis juvenalis
Propertius Duskywing, Erynnis propertius
Dun Skipper, Euphyes vestris
Northern White Skipper, Heliopetes ericetorum
Common Branded Skipper, Hesperia comma
Pahaska Skipper, Hesperia pahaska
Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleu
Strecker’s Giant-Skipper, Megathymus streckeri
Yucca Giant-Skipper, Megathymus yuccae
Garita Skipperling, Oarisma garita
Woodland Skipper, Ochlodes sylvanoides
Yuma Skipper, Ochlodes yuma
Russet Skipperling, Piruna pirus
Taxiles Skipper, Poanes taxiles
Draco Skipper, Polites draco
Common Checkered-skipper, Pyrgus albescens
Small Checkered Skipper, Pyrgus scriptura
Arizona Powdered Skipper, Systacea zampa
Northern Cloudywing, Thorybes pylades


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Subject: Ebutterfly
From: "Richard Carlson rccarl AT pacbell.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:41:11 -0700
Nick is correct, local review a good idea. I'm enthused about ebutterfly but my 
wife reminded me to not report rarities: too many over-enthusiastic collectors 
out there to risk losing a colony. 


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Subject: New Species of Moth Described in Great Smocky Mts.
From: "'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:46:08 -0700
A new species of moth from the Appalachian Mountains named to honor the 
Cherokee Nation 



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140627113050.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28Latest+Science+News+--+ScienceDaily%29 


Older mothers may recognize the name John Franclemont in connection with the 
discovery of the new species. 


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Subject: ebutterfly
From: "'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby AT ti.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:19:21 +0000
All:

I just took a quick look at ebutterfly with a view to seeing which species 
could be entered for Santa Barbara County. Unsurprisingly, the default 
checklist contains all the species for California (or possibly even more). 
Given the significant problems with the e-bird database, I think we need a 
similar system (to e-bird) of county coordinators who can ensure the species 
lists are correct, flight time periods are correct, etc, and do some vetting of 
any submissions. Assume e-butterfly allows this, I would encourage people to 
sign up as county coordinators to get these put in place ASAP. I will be 
enquiring about becoming the coordinator for Santa Barbara County. 


Nick Lethaby
office: +1 805 562 5106
mobile: +1 805 284 6200
e-mail: nlethaby AT ti.com
Subject: Kernville to Sherman Pass, CA
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:42:03 -0700
Everyone:

   I visited the Sherman Pass region (Tulare County). today (June 26, 2014)
to find the season running well ahead of normal.  This Saturday we will be
doing a butterfly county largely centered in the Greenhorn Mts. and Sunday
we will be doing the Kern River-Sherman Pass Rd. and a portion of Sequoia
National Monument.  Numbers of butterflies were relatively low and number of
species encountered were about 20 species less than in an average or good
year.  Drought and early snow melt appear to be the culprits.  Most species
were found above 6700'.   High winds and clouds seemed to heavily restrict
flights.  Better weather is forecast for the actual counts.  List of the 40
species found:

 

Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus californicus)-5

Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades indistinctus)-7 or 8

Nevada Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana nevada)-2

Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius)-1

Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius)-1

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)-1

Sonoran Skipper (Polites sonora sonora)-4

Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius baldur-6

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon)-1

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)-4

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon):8-10

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-10

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)-1

Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides transmontana)-1

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)-6

Golden Hairstreak (Habrodais grunus grunus)-2

Hedge-Row Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium)-4

Mountain Mahogany Hairstreak (Satyrium tetra)-10

Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides)-2

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) 3 at Kernville, Kern County, CA

Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo)-12

Comstock's Blue (Euphilotes glaucon comstocki)-1

Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus)-40

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides icarioides X evius)-12

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)-10

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini chlorina)-3

Sierra Nevada Blue (Agriades podarce cilla)-6

Callippe Fritillary (Speyeria callippe macaria)-7

Great Basin or Egleis Fritillary (Speyeria egleis egleis)-15

Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene monticola)-1

 

Mormon Fritillary (Speyeria mormonia mormonia)-12 Comment: A fresh
individual was collected at Alder Creek 6800' after 4 PM miles from
appropriate habitat.  The coloration of this individuals suggest that this
individual was blown miles from its original origin blowing up from the
Poison Meadow area or Big Meadow where mormonia have a more yellowish ground
color than those from the Pass area itself which are more orange.

 

Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla)-6

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)-15

Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris)-18

Chalcedon Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona near olancha)-1...very worn

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)-6

American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)-1

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini lorquini)-1

California Sister (Adelpha californica)-1

Monarch (Danaus plexippus): -2

 

Added Note:  I was astounded to find absolutely no parnassians anywhere in
the usual habitats along the road until 2:30 PM.  Perhaps the main flight is
ending very early, habitat succession issues or a very poor flight due to
the drought.  To find out if parnassians were to be found, I hiked upstream
in a known population center never surveyed during the count for both this
species and Polygonia gracilis zephyrus.  I was able to find a few clodius
at elevations 8500-8700' well off the road among boulders and fallen trees
but Polygonia were to be found nowhere in their usual spots, nor were any
Nymphalis species.

   Some say the California water shortage is just political.  Based on
observations today, I can testify that it is very real.  Most streams I
checked were bone dry.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: New Version of eButterfly up and ready!
From: "Katy Prudic klprudic AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:56:27 -0700
Greetings fellow leppers,


After less than a year and many hours coding, our new version of eButterfly
is up and active.


eButterfly is an online checklist service for butterfly enthusiasts of all
stripes to record, share and explore not only their personal records but
the rest of the communities. You can attach photos to your checklists as
well.


For those of you who are birders, it is similar to eBird. In fact, our new
design was heavily influenced by a workshop we had with them last summer so
you may notice several similarities.


John Acorn has put together a few videos on our youtube channel
 to help
guide you through the process of entering your data and giving you an
entertaining overview of the website.


Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am happy to help you
get started. And I'll be at the Lep Soc meetings with a demonstration
during the poster session.


Happy lepping everyone! Best, Katy Prudic




-- 


Kathleen L Prudic, PhD
Research Scientist
Integrative Biology, Oregon State University
Subject: Databases for California
From: "'Norbert Kondla' nkondla AT telus.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:51:03 -0600
Another databasing operation that contains and accepts California records is
ebutterfly:

http://www.e-butterfly.org/contents/?portal=ebutterfly

 

Unlike BAMONA, there is no problem for anyone to access the data ---

 

Norbert Kondla

Rimbey, Alberta

 

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On Behalf Of 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [TILS-leps-talk]
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Subject: [leps-talk] Databases for California

 

  

Everyone: 

   Jonathan Pelham asked me privately if there is a central California
database for butterflies and in reality, I was planning on writing up some
comments on this soon anyway.

   The truth is that we are far far from having any kind of comprehensive
database and for a lot of reasons.  Here is where databases do exist:

(1) Regional papers or books: for example Art Shapiro's paper on the Trinity
Alps; George T. Austin's publication on Clark County, Nevada, Garth &
Tilden's Yosemite book and my publications on Kern and Tulare Counties and
the Yosemite region in California.

(2) Revisionary papers, for example: Oakley Shield's papers on blue we now
place in Euphilotes.

(3) The NABA database

(4) The BAMONA database

(5) The Season Summary database

 

   As I received Pelham's email it so happened I was working on a database
for the White Mts. in California and Nevada.  Some comments on limiting
factors on both the NABA and BAMONA databases:

   Both have the same programs and the problems have to do with access.
Only those submitting records, those approving and confirming the records or
the organizations can access those records.

BAMONA records are refereed, I do not believe NABA records are.  BAMONA
records can be edited and corrected by state Coordinators provided they can
access the records.  Funding for BAMONA is sparse and there is insufficient
staff to keep up with spread sheets submitted by Coordinators.  Many records
I have submitted to BAMONA appear to have been lost or backlogged.

   Records I have put in the BAMONA database are from Season Summaries,
published data and personal records.  I do not pull records from list serves
(with rare exceptions) to put into the BAMONA database.  Anyone desiring to
submit records can do so themselves and regional experts can do so
themselves via spread sheets through Kelly Lotts.

   The amount of work involved to create an extensive database is extensive
and I do not have such time since I have to work about 50-60 hours a week to
make a living and care for other necessary business.  I would expect to be
paid to do such a thing as too many hours would be required to do it as an
unpaid volunteer.

   Another comment.  Like it or not, the name of a person submitting a
record is often used in the Season Summary and the actual person with the
photo or specimen is often listed in a separate comment under the record.
One reason is to safeguard limited letter combinations available and not use
them up for very rare or one time contributors.  Those who become regular
contributors soon earn a code for themselves.  But the reporter may be as
important or more important that the person with the record.  We may not
know someone who shared in an NABA butterfly count and his or her record of
a "Pussycat Swallowtail" may be questionable, but if Fred Heath vouches for
it after reviewing her sighting and photograph it, I am much more likely to
accept it.

   The Season Summary Database hopes to expand BUT there remain limiting
factors: available time for Coordinators and the prohibitive cost in
printing a phone book sized publication.

   In time we may have a comprehensive database.  It just isn't there now.
And in many cases in old season summaries: records lack full dates,
localities or dates...rendering them of little value in terms of being truly
a scientific record.

   So at present: databases for any given butterfly can be obtained by
making literature searches, checking museum and private collections or
checking various web sites like the Butterflies of America website.  I
personally rarely access personal websites because of problems I have
accessing those and my limited time.  I may if they are Season Summary
potential records.  

   Also, every year someone gets mad at me for not accepting their record or
getting their details correct.  While I make some errors virtually every
year and I will strive to correct those...records that lack specific
localities and counties, are based on poor photographs or lack a specimen to
verify ID or lack specific dates or the name of the person with the record
or don't give specifics as to life stage other than that of the adult really
lack necessary information to justify publishing.

   Butterfly Counts are often not a source of reliable data unless they
contain specifics within the count circle, ID verification and from a
credible source or reporter that can verify them.  Example: my trip to
Fresno Dome last June 19th, I reported a likely Thorybes diversus from the
Fresno Dome Trailhead.  A check of the actual butterfly after I took it off
the mounting board is that it was Thorybes mexicana nevada but atypical and
similar looking to diversus.  The others from Fresno Dome Camp and lower
down were actual specimens of T. diversus.  Sometimes, getting ID's right in
the field are very problematic.  Once wrongly identified butterflies get
into a database, they are very difficult to remove.  About every county in
the Southwest has 4 or 5 butterflies of questionable inclusion into its
county list.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 




 


Subject: Databases for California
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:33:19 -0700
Everyone: 

   Jonathan Pelham asked me privately if there is a central California
database for butterflies and in reality, I was planning on writing up some
comments on this soon anyway.

   The truth is that we are far far from having any kind of comprehensive
database and for a lot of reasons.  Here is where databases do exist:

(1) Regional papers or books: for example Art Shapiro's paper on the Trinity
Alps; George T. Austin's publication on Clark County, Nevada, Garth &
Tilden's Yosemite book and my publications on Kern and Tulare Counties and
the Yosemite region in California.

(2) Revisionary papers, for example: Oakley Shield's papers on blue we now
place in Euphilotes.

(3) The NABA database

(4) The BAMONA database

(5) The Season Summary database

 

   As I received Pelham's email it so happened I was working on a database
for the White Mts. in California and Nevada.  Some comments on limiting
factors on both the NABA and BAMONA databases:

   Both have the same programs and the problems have to do with access.
Only those submitting records, those approving and confirming the records or
the organizations can access those records.

BAMONA records are refereed, I do not believe NABA records are.  BAMONA
records can be edited and corrected by state Coordinators provided they can
access the records.  Funding for BAMONA is sparse and there is insufficient
staff to keep up with spread sheets submitted by Coordinators.  Many records
I have submitted to BAMONA appear to have been lost or backlogged.

   Records I have put in the BAMONA database are from Season Summaries,
published data and personal records.  I do not pull records from list serves
(with rare exceptions) to put into the BAMONA database.  Anyone desiring to
submit records can do so themselves and regional experts can do so
themselves via spread sheets through Kelly Lotts.

   The amount of work involved to create an extensive database is extensive
and I do not have such time since I have to work about 50-60 hours a week to
make a living and care for other necessary business.  I would expect to be
paid to do such a thing as too many hours would be required to do it as an
unpaid volunteer.

   Another comment.  Like it or not, the name of a person submitting a
record is often used in the Season Summary and the actual person with the
photo or specimen is often listed in a separate comment under the record.
One reason is to safeguard limited letter combinations available and not use
them up for very rare or one time contributors.  Those who become regular
contributors soon earn a code for themselves.  But the reporter may be as
important or more important that the person with the record.  We may not
know someone who shared in an NABA butterfly count and his or her record of
a "Pussycat Swallowtail" may be questionable, but if Fred Heath vouches for
it after reviewing her sighting and photograph it, I am much more likely to
accept it.

   The Season Summary Database hopes to expand BUT there remain limiting
factors: available time for Coordinators and the prohibitive cost in
printing a phone book sized publication.

   In time we may have a comprehensive database.  It just isn't there now.
And in many cases in old season summaries: records lack full dates,
localities or dates...rendering them of little value in terms of being truly
a scientific record.

   So at present: databases for any given butterfly can be obtained by
making literature searches, checking museum and private collections or
checking various web sites like the Butterflies of America website.  I
personally rarely access personal websites because of problems I have
accessing those and my limited time.  I may if they are Season Summary
potential records.  

   Also, every year someone gets mad at me for not accepting their record or
getting their details correct.  While I make some errors virtually every
year and I will strive to correct those...records that lack specific
localities and counties, are based on poor photographs or lack a specimen to
verify ID or lack specific dates or the name of the person with the record
or don't give specifics as to life stage other than that of the adult really
lack necessary information to justify publishing.

   Butterfly Counts are often not a source of reliable data unless they
contain specifics within the count circle, ID verification and from a
credible source or reporter that can verify them.  Example: my trip to
Fresno Dome last June 19th, I reported a likely Thorybes diversus from the
Fresno Dome Trailhead.  A check of the actual butterfly after I took it off
the mounting board is that it was Thorybes mexicana nevada but atypical and
similar looking to diversus.  The others from Fresno Dome Camp and lower
down were actual specimens of T. diversus.  Sometimes, getting ID's right in
the field are very problematic.  Once wrongly identified butterflies get
into a database, they are very difficult to remove.  About every county in
the Southwest has 4 or 5 butterflies of questionable inclusion into its
county list.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Corrections in Season Summary:
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:11:14 -0700
Everyone:

   These contributor corrections for the 2013 Season Summary for Arizona:
Contributor was Ken Kertell, not Tom Horton.

 

Copaeodes minima:  Pima County.  Lukeville.  20 Oct 2013.

Agathymus gentryi:  Pima: Bull Pasture, Ajo Mtn. Dr., Organ Castus NM  20
Oct 2013.

 

The following record was attributed correctly to Ken Kertell who reported
it, but another line attributing the sighting of Ganyra howarthi (Santa Cruz
County: Patagonia 10 August 2013) should have been made to Debbie Sebesta
who had that actual observation.

 

   Both Tom Horton and Ken Kertell regularly report important records to the
annual Season Summary Report.  Thank you both and sorry that I made these
errors in the report which I can correct in the 2014 Report.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Dry San Diego
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:37:45 -0700
Things are getting pretty dry here in San Diego.
For unknown reasons, there are few wet spots where some butterflies are 
attracted, but it sure is much less than usual... 


June 15 - Bankhead Springs
Only one Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis) and two Mountain Mahogany 
Hairstreaks (Satyrium tetra). 


June 15 - Alpine
Driving around looking for new locations.

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funereal) - looked smaller.  Few of the out fresh.
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Hedgerow Hairstreaks (Satyrium saepium chalcis/chlorophora)
San Bernardino Blue (Euphilotes bernardino bernardino)

June 22 - Bankhead Springs again
Same as June 15, few more Mountain Mahogany Hairstreaks... The flowers 
(Eriogonum) are starting to dry out which is bit earlier than normal. Some 
plants (Gooseberry) gave up bearing flowers and dried out. 


June 22 - Noble Canyon
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funereal)
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii)
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)
Bronzed Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium chalcis)
Desert Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus desertorum)
Great Copper (Lycaena xanthoides xanthoides)
San Bernardino Blue (Euphilotes bernardino bernardino)
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)
Clemence's Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola)
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
California Sister (Adelpha californica)
Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)

Koji
San Diego

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Subject: RE: Fresno Dome area, California:
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:25:17 -0700
Todd:

   We arrived at Fresno Dome very EARLY and left LATE before and after Sara
Orange Tips would have been flying.  I suspect any overlaps were a month
earlier.  As some may know, Sara Orange-tips (worn second brood)and newly
emerging Stella Orangetips can both fly together at Big Sandy Camp (4 miles
downstream from Fresno Dome Camp, Madera Co.) and they occur very close
together and likely overlap elsewhere.

   The yellow nature of the male stella I took yesterday was not evident in
the field, but sure was when I put them on the spreading board.  For those
not up on these, yellow form stella within Sara Orangetip populations are
biologically different than what we are calling A. julia stella.  The fact
that the two occur together at several sites (fide Shapiro and Langston)
argues that 2 species are involved.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



Subject: RE: [SoWestLep] Fresno Dome area, California:

 

  

Hi Ken,

 

With A. julia stella flying higher up, was there any evidence of second
brood A. sara flying at lower elevations?

 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/about-me/ 
http://www.facebook.com/Raising.Butterflies 
  todd AT raisingbutterflies.org
801-326-4683 

  _____  

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 8:59 AM
To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; John Emmel; Rlromeyn AT aol.com; Richard Meyer;
SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A Randall;
TILS-leps-talk AT yahoogroups.com; RUBBERTLAW AT aol.com
Subject: [SoWestLep] Fresno Dome area, California:

 

  

Everyone:

   What follows is the list of butterflies found in the Fresno Dome area on
June 19, 2014, mostly found around the Trailhead but also up Fresno Dome
itself and up the forest service road 2-3 miles above the trailhead with a
late day stop at 4:40-5pm stop at a road junction adjacent to a wet meadow.
We did not have time to sample many areas we know (Stephen Randall and I) to
have other species.  Over 100 species are known to occur in this area.  The
region visited is all in Sierra National Forest and in Madera County,
California.

 

1. Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus californicus): One seen in
forest glade off side road within wet forest.

2. Nevada Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana nevada): Common throughout
much of the Fresno Dome area at mud or visiting Polygonum flowers.

3. Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades indistinctus): Found 1 in forest
glade with the Silver-Spotted Skipper and the next species.

4. Western Cloudywing (Thorybes diversus): I found evidence on this trip
that Thorybes diversus may stray out of the usual wet forest glade habitat
and into higher levels.  I collected a definite T. diversus along the creek
below Fresno Dome Camp at 3:30 PM.  and another possible diversus (it's on
my mounting board awaiting confirmation) at mud at the beginning of the
trailhead flying with T. mexicana nevada.  The last stop at the road
junction 5 miles below Fresno Dome Camp very late in the day produced 3
diversus in 5 minutes, one of which I was able to collect.  This is a known
colony site which has large numbers of adults.  This rare and local skipper
can be very common in much of the area, as Kilian Roever and I have both
encountered huge numbers of these skippers in the region, even up to 200+ in
a single day in a real wet year.

5. Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius): Seen sparingly.

6. Dyar's Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius): several seen during
the day at several locations.

7. Tecumseh Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti tecumseh): common in drier
meadows.

8. Sonoran Skipper (Polites sonora sonora): common in wet meadow.

9. Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius baldur and sol). Very common in
the region, especially in meadows off the Fresno Dome Trail.  Some
individuals were very large and may have been sol flyups from lower levels.
Brian Banker could have gotten a full series of baldur with both sexes in
one day.

10. Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra near indra): I narrowly missed a large
female 2-3 miles uproad from Fresno Dome Trailhead on the dry side of a wet
meadow.  First time I have seen one in the Fresno Dome area, though I have
one record from Fresno Dome in Mariposa County.

11. Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): Steve reported seeing one
off the Fresno Dome Saddle.

12. Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon): Much less common than usual.  Poor
winter rains?

13. Checkered White (Pontia protodice): scarce

14. Pearly Marble (Euchloe hyantis hyantis): Steve got one on the hilltop on
the Fresno Dome Trail saddle.

15. Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis julia stella: sara complex): May have had
its major flight a month earlier. We saw about a dozen: Steve and I netted
singletons at Bear Creek below Fresno Dome Creek and I had one in the wet
meadow near the Fresno Dome Trailhead and along the road 2 miles up the road
from the Trailhead.

16. Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): only one I know of

17. Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreus lapicola): Previously known from just
one record in the area just off the Big Sandy Road.  I guess the secret to
finding them in the region is go earlier in June and check out seeps in
drier areas off the road and meadow edges.  Not common, but I believe we
caught 4 of them.

18. Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum): Saw 3, netted 2 in wet
habitats in the Fresno Dome Trailhead area.

19. Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon eryphon): Seen sparingly near
pines in the Trailhead area and along Bear Creek below Fresno Dome Camp.

20. Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo):  general, fairly sparse.

21. Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus aehaja): very abundant in wet meadows.

22. Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides icarioides): very common locally.

23. Anna Blue (Plebejus anna anna): One male taken in wet meadow off the
tail to Fresno Dome.  The population here tends to be small.

24. Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon): Taken by Steve Randall, likely acmon since
the buckwheat host for P. lupini did not appear to be present at the site
taken.

25. Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini alpicola): These may have flown a month
earlier than usual and we saw only a small number on Fresno Dome and saddle
itself where the buckwheat hosts were dominant.  No Lembert's Hairstreaks
were seen here on this trip, present here in the past.

26. Sierra Nevada Blue (Agriades (Plebejus) podarce cilla): Common in wet
meadows with "shooting stars host" in wet meadows around Fresno Dome
Trailhead.

27. Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis egleis): Occasional at wet spots
or mud in meadows or in ravines along the road in drier forest.

28. Western Meadow Fritillary (AKA Pacific Fritillary): Extremely abundant,
especially in the Trailhead area and in the Camp-Bear Creek area

29. Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla altasierra).  Garth & Tilden
included this in their 1963 Yosemite book despite no records because "it has
to be here."  It is...just outside the Park.  These were relatively scarce,
maybe 15-20 during the day and maybe the most distinctive high elevation
population I have seen in the Sierra.  Four were at a wet spot along a drier
portion of the forest about a mile above the trailhead.

30. Hoffmann's Checkerspot (Chlosyne hoffmanni hoffmanni):  I collected 2
males and saw at least one other in the Trailhead area.  The first week in
July tends to be best for this area.

31. Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): sparse but general.

32. Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris): saw 4 or 5, not
sticking around to be sampled.

33. California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): Steve reported one
near Fresno Dome.

34. Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa): A small number seen during the day.

35. American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis). Common about 2-3 miles up
road from the trailhead in meadows and edges of forest.

36. Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): Mercifully, only a few of these
potentially distracting butterflies.

37. West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): One on flower in meadow near
trailhead.

38. Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria)- One near Fresno Dome seen by
Steve Randall.                       

39. Buckeye (Junonia coenia grisea):  Saw 3-4, often in drier portions of
the forest.

40. Zephyr Anglewing (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus): Steve saw one earlier in
the day but I saw none until 2:45 PM, then would see many after that.  One
individual looks like a Gray Comma (Polygonia progne) but with a lesser
amount of black on the hindwing.  All are of the higher elevation phenotype
and appeared to be associated with willows.  Art Shapiro suggests in his
recent book we have 2 possible species within "zephyrus"  and I allow for
the possibility which is why I kept the 3 or 4 I took in good condition.  I
took mine both above (up road) Fresno Dome and along Bear Creek below Fresno
Dome Camp.

41. Green Comma (Polygonia faunus rusticus): These butterflies emerge in
September, overwinter and then emerge during snowmelt time so are rarely
seen when collectors arrive in their habitats.  Based on observations on
this trip, the flight probably peaked a month earlier.  I mentioned the
individual that visited a wet spot in a meadow adjacent to a forest edge
while talking with forest service folks. Very unusual.  Steve and I dropped
down to Bear Creek below Fresno Dome after 3 PM (Steve was  pushing his time
limit and then some).  One of the larval hosts azalea (and I think birch is
also there) was common.  I split off and went downstream while Steve stayed
upstream.  My experience with Green Commas is that the observer or collector
will have to get his feet and legs wet up to the knees to successfully
complete his quest.  The creek had flooded and much had changed. Initially I
found no Green Commas...everything was zephyrus.

   But faunus were there with some in places downstream where I had not seen
them before.  They were sitting on dead branches above the stream, sitting
on pine trees high up and once having a territorial fight with other faunus
in willow sandbar areas...adults sometimes alighting on the tops of the
smaller willows allowing easy capture at least once.  These sometimes go to
flowers in gladed areas in mornings but frequent streambeds 2-5 PM.  I
netted 2 faunus below Fresno Dome with one of the males in fairly decent
shape.  To be successful, I had to do a lot of wading, rock hopping and
going around huge fallen trees.  I don't know yet how Steve did but saw him
leaving at 4 PM as I was returning upstream where our cars were parked.  He
left me a note that he did get a nice stella, a butterfly a close friend had
said we would fail to get.

42. California Sister (Adelpha californica): Seen frequently even into the
higher Canadian Zone, perhaps because of dry conditions.

43. Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini lorquini): Fairly frequent (but
not in numbers) at the trailhead and below Fresno Dome Camp. One individual
had very reduced orange tips, looking more like the Pacific Northwest
subspecies.

 

Added Notes: Other species known to occur in this area at this time of the
year not seen were: Western Branded Skipper, Anise Swallowtail, Gray Marble,
Spring White, Small Veined White (Soquel Rd. and lower down to above Redwood
Camp) Nelson's Hairstreak (probably common where I took T. diversus late in
the day), Marine Blue, Arrowhead Blue (possibly seen but not verified) and
Orseis Crescent (Phyciodes orseis herlani), the latter possibly seen but
eluded ID confirmation or capture.  Persius Duskywing, Chalcedon
Checkerspot, Great Basin Wood-Nymph, California Ringlet and Callippe
Fritillary (unsilvered subspecies) occur at Oakhurst.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 


Subject: RE: Fresno Dome area, California:
From: "'Todd Stout' todd AT raisingbutterflies.org [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:07:10 -0600
Hi Ken,

 

With A. julia stella flying higher up, was there any evidence of second
brood A. sara flying at lower elevations?

 

Thx, Todd

 

Todd L. Stout 
Raising Butterflies 
http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/about-me/ 
http://www.facebook.com/Raising.Butterflies 
  todd AT raisingbutterflies.org
801-326-4683 

  _____  

From: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of 'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2014 8:59 AM
To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; John Emmel; Rlromeyn AT aol.com; Richard Meyer;
SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A Randall;
TILS-leps-talk AT yahoogroups.com; RUBBERTLAW AT aol.com
Subject: [SoWestLep] Fresno Dome area, California:

 

  

Everyone:

   What follows is the list of butterflies found in the Fresno Dome area on
June 19, 2014, mostly found around the Trailhead but also up Fresno Dome
itself and up the forest service road 2-3 miles above the trailhead with a
late day stop at 4:40-5pm stop at a road junction adjacent to a wet meadow.
We did not have time to sample many areas we know (Stephen Randall and I) to
have other species.  Over 100 species are known to occur in this area.  The
region visited is all in Sierra National Forest and in Madera County,
California.

 

1. Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus californicus): One seen in
forest glade off side road within wet forest.

2. Nevada Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana nevada): Common throughout
much of the Fresno Dome area at mud or visiting Polygonum flowers.

3. Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades indistinctus): Found 1 in forest
glade with the Silver-Spotted Skipper and the next species.

4. Western Cloudywing (Thorybes diversus): I found evidence on this trip
that Thorybes diversus may stray out of the usual wet forest glade habitat
and into higher levels.  I collected a definite T. diversus along the creek
below Fresno Dome Camp at 3:30 PM.  and another possible diversus (it's on
my mounting board awaiting confirmation) at mud at the beginning of the
trailhead flying with T. mexicana nevada.  The last stop at the road
junction 5 miles below Fresno Dome Camp very late in the day produced 3
diversus in 5 minutes, one of which I was able to collect.  This is a known
colony site which has large numbers of adults.  This rare and local skipper
can be very common in much of the area, as Kilian Roever and I have both
encountered huge numbers of these skippers in the region, even up to 200+ in
a single day in a real wet year.

5. Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius): Seen sparingly.

6. Dyar's Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius): several seen during
the day at several locations.

7. Tecumseh Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti tecumseh): common in drier
meadows.

8. Sonoran Skipper (Polites sonora sonora): common in wet meadow.

9. Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius baldur and sol). Very common in
the region, especially in meadows off the Fresno Dome Trail.  Some
individuals were very large and may have been sol flyups from lower levels.
Brian Banker could have gotten a full series of baldur with both sexes in
one day.

10. Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra near indra): I narrowly missed a large
female 2-3 miles uproad from Fresno Dome Trailhead on the dry side of a wet
meadow.  First time I have seen one in the Fresno Dome area, though I have
one record from Fresno Dome in Mariposa County.

11. Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): Steve reported seeing one
off the Fresno Dome Saddle.

12. Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon): Much less common than usual.  Poor
winter rains?

13. Checkered White (Pontia protodice): scarce

14. Pearly Marble (Euchloe hyantis hyantis): Steve got one on the hilltop on
the Fresno Dome Trail saddle.

15. Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis julia stella: sara complex): May have had
its major flight a month earlier. We saw about a dozen: Steve and I netted
singletons at Bear Creek below Fresno Dome Creek and I had one in the wet
meadow near the Fresno Dome Trailhead and along the road 2 miles up the road
from the Trailhead.

16. Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): only one I know of

17. Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreus lapicola): Previously known from just
one record in the area just off the Big Sandy Road.  I guess the secret to
finding them in the region is go earlier in June and check out seeps in
drier areas off the road and meadow edges.  Not common, but I believe we
caught 4 of them.

18. Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum): Saw 3, netted 2 in wet
habitats in the Fresno Dome Trailhead area.

19. Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon eryphon): Seen sparingly near
pines in the Trailhead area and along Bear Creek below Fresno Dome Camp.

20. Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo):  general, fairly sparse.

21. Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus aehaja): very abundant in wet meadows.

22. Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides icarioides): very common locally.

23. Anna Blue (Plebejus anna anna): One male taken in wet meadow off the
tail to Fresno Dome.  The population here tends to be small.

24. Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon): Taken by Steve Randall, likely acmon since
the buckwheat host for P. lupini did not appear to be present at the site
taken.

25. Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini alpicola): These may have flown a month
earlier than usual and we saw only a small number on Fresno Dome and saddle
itself where the buckwheat hosts were dominant.  No Lembert's Hairstreaks
were seen here on this trip, present here in the past.

26. Sierra Nevada Blue (Agriades (Plebejus) podarce cilla): Common in wet
meadows with "shooting stars host" in wet meadows around Fresno Dome
Trailhead.

27. Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis egleis): Occasional at wet spots
or mud in meadows or in ravines along the road in drier forest.

28. Western Meadow Fritillary (AKA Pacific Fritillary): Extremely abundant,
especially in the Trailhead area and in the Camp-Bear Creek area

29. Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla altasierra).  Garth & Tilden
included this in their 1963 Yosemite book despite no records because "it has
to be here."  It is...just outside the Park.  These were relatively scarce,
maybe 15-20 during the day and maybe the most distinctive high elevation
population I have seen in the Sierra.  Four were at a wet spot along a drier
portion of the forest about a mile above the trailhead.

30. Hoffmann's Checkerspot (Chlosyne hoffmanni hoffmanni):  I collected 2
males and saw at least one other in the Trailhead area.  The first week in
July tends to be best for this area.

31. Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): sparse but general.

32. Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris): saw 4 or 5, not
sticking around to be sampled.

33. California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): Steve reported one
near Fresno Dome.

34. Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa): A small number seen during the day.

35. American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis). Common about 2-3 miles up
road from the trailhead in meadows and edges of forest.

36. Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): Mercifully, only a few of these
potentially distracting butterflies.

37. West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): One on flower in meadow near
trailhead.

38. Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria)- One near Fresno Dome seen by
Steve Randall.                       

39. Buckeye (Junonia coenia grisea):  Saw 3-4, often in drier portions of
the forest.

40. Zephyr Anglewing (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus): Steve saw one earlier in
the day but I saw none until 2:45 PM, then would see many after that.  One
individual looks like a Gray Comma (Polygonia progne) but with a lesser
amount of black on the hindwing.  All are of the higher elevation phenotype
and appeared to be associated with willows.  Art Shapiro suggests in his
recent book we have 2 possible species within "zephyrus"  and I allow for
the possibility which is why I kept the 3 or 4 I took in good condition.  I
took mine both above (up road) Fresno Dome and along Bear Creek below Fresno
Dome Camp.

41. Green Comma (Polygonia faunus rusticus): These butterflies emerge in
September, overwinter and then emerge during snowmelt time so are rarely
seen when collectors arrive in their habitats.  Based on observations on
this trip, the flight probably peaked a month earlier.  I mentioned the
individual that visited a wet spot in a meadow adjacent to a forest edge
while talking with forest service folks. Very unusual.  Steve and I dropped
down to Bear Creek below Fresno Dome after 3 PM (Steve was  pushing his time
limit and then some).  One of the larval hosts azalea (and I think birch is
also there) was common.  I split off and went downstream while Steve stayed
upstream.  My experience with Green Commas is that the observer or collector
will have to get his feet and legs wet up to the knees to successfully
complete his quest.  The creek had flooded and much had changed. Initially I
found no Green Commas...everything was zephyrus.

   But faunus were there with some in places downstream where I had not seen
them before.  They were sitting on dead branches above the stream, sitting
on pine trees high up and once having a territorial fight with other faunus
in willow sandbar areas...adults sometimes alighting on the tops of the
smaller willows allowing easy capture at least once.  These sometimes go to
flowers in gladed areas in mornings but frequent streambeds 2-5 PM.  I
netted 2 faunus below Fresno Dome with one of the males in fairly decent
shape.  To be successful, I had to do a lot of wading, rock hopping and
going around huge fallen trees.  I don't know yet how Steve did but saw him
leaving at 4 PM as I was returning upstream where our cars were parked.  He
left me a note that he did get a nice stella, a butterfly a close friend had
said we would fail to get.

42. California Sister (Adelpha californica): Seen frequently even into the
higher Canadian Zone, perhaps because of dry conditions.

43. Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini lorquini): Fairly frequent (but
not in numbers) at the trailhead and below Fresno Dome Camp. One individual
had very reduced orange tips, looking more like the Pacific Northwest
subspecies.

 

Added Notes: Other species known to occur in this area at this time of the
year not seen were: Western Branded Skipper, Anise Swallowtail, Gray Marble,
Spring White, Small Veined White (Soquel Rd. and lower down to above Redwood
Camp) Nelson's Hairstreak (probably common where I took T. diversus late in
the day), Marine Blue, Arrowhead Blue (possibly seen but not verified) and
Orseis Crescent (Phyciodes orseis herlani), the latter possibly seen but
eluded ID confirmation or capture.  Persius Duskywing, Chalcedon
Checkerspot, Great Basin Wood-Nymph, California Ringlet and Callippe
Fritillary (unsilvered subspecies) occur at Oakhurst.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 


Subject: Fresno Dome area, California:
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:59:07 -0700
Everyone:

   What follows is the list of butterflies found in the Fresno Dome area on
June 19, 2014, mostly found around the Trailhead but also up Fresno Dome
itself and up the forest service road 2-3 miles above the trailhead with a
late day stop at 4:40-5pm stop at a road junction adjacent to a wet meadow.
We did not have time to sample many areas we know (Stephen Randall and I) to
have other species.  Over 100 species are known to occur in this area.  The
region visited is all in Sierra National Forest and in Madera County,
California.

 

1. Silver-Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus californicus): One seen in
forest glade off side road within wet forest.

2. Nevada Mexican Cloudywing (Thorybes mexicana nevada): Common throughout
much of the Fresno Dome area at mud or visiting Polygonum flowers.

3. Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades indistinctus): Found 1 in forest
glade with the Silver-Spotted Skipper and the next species.

4. Western Cloudywing (Thorybes diversus): I found evidence on this trip
that Thorybes diversus may stray out of the usual wet forest glade habitat
and into higher levels.  I collected a definite T. diversus along the creek
below Fresno Dome Camp at 3:30 PM.  and another possible diversus (it's on
my mounting board awaiting confirmation) at mud at the beginning of the
trailhead flying with T. mexicana nevada.  The last stop at the road
junction 5 miles below Fresno Dome Camp very late in the day produced 3
diversus in 5 minutes, one of which I was able to collect.  This is a known
colony site which has large numbers of adults.  This rare and local skipper
can be very common in much of the area, as Kilian Roever and I have both
encountered huge numbers of these skippers in the region, even up to 200+ in
a single day in a real wet year.

5. Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius): Seen sparingly.

6. Dyar's Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius): several seen during
the day at several locations.

7. Tecumseh Sandhill Skipper (Polites sabuleti tecumseh): common in drier
meadows.

8. Sonoran Skipper (Polites sonora sonora): common in wet meadow.

9. Clodius Parnassian (Parnassius clodius baldur and sol). Very common in
the region, especially in meadows off the Fresno Dome Trail.  Some
individuals were very large and may have been sol flyups from lower levels.
Brian Banker could have gotten a full series of baldur with both sexes in
one day.

10. Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra near indra): I narrowly missed a large
female 2-3 miles uproad from Fresno Dome Trailhead on the dry side of a wet
meadow.  First time I have seen one in the Fresno Dome area, though I have
one record from Fresno Dome in Mariposa County.

11. Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): Steve reported seeing one
off the Fresno Dome Saddle.

12. Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon): Much less common than usual.  Poor
winter rains?

13. Checkered White (Pontia protodice): scarce

14. Pearly Marble (Euchloe hyantis hyantis): Steve got one on the hilltop on
the Fresno Dome Trail saddle.

15. Stella Orangetip (Anthocharis julia stella: sara complex): May have had
its major flight a month earlier. We saw about a dozen: Steve and I netted
singletons at Bear Creek below Fresno Dome Creek and I had one in the wet
meadow near the Fresno Dome Trailhead and along the road 2 miles up the road
from the Trailhead.

16. Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): only one I know of

17. Lustrous Copper (Lycaena cupreus lapicola): Previously known from just
one record in the area just off the Big Sandy Road.  I guess the secret to
finding them in the region is go earlier in June and check out seeps in
drier areas off the road and meadow edges.  Not common, but I believe we
caught 4 of them.

18. Thicket Hairstreak (Callophrys spinetorum): Saw 3, netted 2 in wet
habitats in the Fresno Dome Trailhead area.

19. Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon eryphon): Seen sparingly near
pines in the Trailhead area and along Bear Creek below Fresno Dome Camp.

20. Western Azure (Celastrina echo echo):  general, fairly sparse.

21. Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus aehaja): very abundant in wet meadows.

22. Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides icarioides): very common locally.

23. Anna Blue (Plebejus anna anna): One male taken in wet meadow off the
tail to Fresno Dome.  The population here tends to be small.

24. Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon): Taken by Steve Randall, likely acmon since
the buckwheat host for P. lupini did not appear to be present at the site
taken.

25. Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini alpicola): These may have flown a month
earlier than usual and we saw only a small number on Fresno Dome and saddle
itself where the buckwheat hosts were dominant.  No Lembert's Hairstreaks
were seen here on this trip, present here in the past.

26. Sierra Nevada Blue (Agriades (Plebejus) podarce cilla): Common in wet
meadows with "shooting stars host" in wet meadows around Fresno Dome
Trailhead.

27. Great Basin Fritillary (Speyeria egleis egleis): Occasional at wet spots
or mud in meadows or in ravines along the road in drier forest.

28. Western Meadow Fritillary (AKA Pacific Fritillary): Extremely abundant,
especially in the Trailhead area and in the Camp-Bear Creek area

29. Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla altasierra).  Garth & Tilden
included this in their 1963 Yosemite book despite no records because "it has
to be here."  It is...just outside the Park.  These were relatively scarce,
maybe 15-20 during the day and maybe the most distinctive high elevation
population I have seen in the Sierra.  Four were at a wet spot along a drier
portion of the forest about a mile above the trailhead.

30. Hoffmann's Checkerspot (Chlosyne hoffmanni hoffmanni):  I collected 2
males and saw at least one other in the Trailhead area.  The first week in
July tends to be best for this area.

31. Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): sparse but general.

32. Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris): saw 4 or 5, not
sticking around to be sampled.

33. California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica): Steve reported one
near Fresno Dome.

34. Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa): A small number seen during the day.

35. American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis). Common about 2-3 miles up
road from the trailhead in meadows and edges of forest.

36. Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): Mercifully, only a few of these
potentially distracting butterflies.

37. West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella): One on flower in meadow near
trailhead.

38. Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria)- One near Fresno Dome seen by
Steve Randall.                       

39. Buckeye (Junonia coenia grisea):  Saw 3-4, often in drier portions of
the forest.

40. Zephyr Anglewing (Polygonia gracilis zephyrus): Steve saw one earlier in
the day but I saw none until 2:45 PM, then would see many after that.  One
individual looks like a Gray Comma (Polygonia progne) but with a lesser
amount of black on the hindwing.  All are of the higher elevation phenotype
and appeared to be associated with willows.  Art Shapiro suggests in his
recent book we have 2 possible species within "zephyrus"  and I allow for
the possibility which is why I kept the 3 or 4 I took in good condition.  I
took mine both above (up road) Fresno Dome and along Bear Creek below Fresno
Dome Camp.

41. Green Comma (Polygonia faunus rusticus): These butterflies emerge in
September, overwinter and then emerge during snowmelt time so are rarely
seen when collectors arrive in their habitats.  Based on observations on
this trip, the flight probably peaked a month earlier.  I mentioned the
individual that visited a wet spot in a meadow adjacent to a forest edge
while talking with forest service folks. Very unusual.  Steve and I dropped
down to Bear Creek below Fresno Dome after 3 PM (Steve was  pushing his time
limit and then some).  One of the larval hosts azalea (and I think birch is
also there) was common.  I split off and went downstream while Steve stayed
upstream.  My experience with Green Commas is that the observer or collector
will have to get his feet and legs wet up to the knees to successfully
complete his quest.  The creek had flooded and much had changed. Initially I
found no Green Commas...everything was zephyrus.

   But faunus were there with some in places downstream where I had not seen
them before.  They were sitting on dead branches above the stream, sitting
on pine trees high up and once having a territorial fight with other faunus
in willow sandbar areas...adults sometimes alighting on the tops of the
smaller willows allowing easy capture at least once.  These sometimes go to
flowers in gladed areas in mornings but frequent streambeds 2-5 PM.  I
netted 2 faunus below Fresno Dome with one of the males in fairly decent
shape.  To be successful, I had to do a lot of wading, rock hopping and
going around huge fallen trees.  I don't know yet how Steve did but saw him
leaving at 4 PM as I was returning upstream where our cars were parked.  He
left me a note that he did get a nice stella, a butterfly a close friend had
said we would fail to get.

42. California Sister (Adelpha californica): Seen frequently even into the
higher Canadian Zone, perhaps because of dry conditions.

43. Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini lorquini): Fairly frequent (but
not in numbers) at the trailhead and below Fresno Dome Camp. One individual
had very reduced orange tips, looking more like the Pacific Northwest
subspecies.

 

Added Notes: Other species known to occur in this area at this time of the
year not seen were: Western Branded Skipper, Anise Swallowtail, Gray Marble,
Spring White, Small Veined White (Soquel Rd. and lower down to above Redwood
Camp) Nelson's Hairstreak (probably common where I took T. diversus late in
the day), Marine Blue, Arrowhead Blue (possibly seen but not verified) and
Orseis Crescent (Phyciodes orseis herlani), the latter possibly seen but
eluded ID confirmation or capture.  Persius Duskywing, Chalcedon
Checkerspot, Great Basin Wood-Nymph, California Ringlet and Callippe
Fritillary (unsilvered subspecies) occur at Oakhurst.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: Re: [DesertLeps] Fresno Dome area, Calif.
From: "JimJoanJoy AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:28:23 -0400 (EDT)
Ken,
 
The last time I was in that area below the Fresno Dome campground  faunus 
was all over the place down along the creek. Until that day in 2012 I had  
not seen a faunus in the Sierra's since 1974! Of note was the leafing out of  
Rhodadendron. Yes, timing is critical and my group and I hit just right.
 
Jim B
 
 
In a message dated 6/20/2014 6:00:22 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
DesertLeps-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
Everyone: 
Back in the late  1980's, Al and Tom Rubbert asked me if there were 
butterflies to be found in the Fish Camp area just SW of the entrance to 
Yosemite 

National Park.   The butterflies they found at Fish Camp (now off limits to 
visitors of any  sort) led to trips to Sugar Pine (much of that also off 
limits to visitors)  and the Fresno Dome region via   The butt and Forest  
Service Rd. 10 to such places as Fresno Dome Camp and the area around Fresno  
Dome itself including the trailhead area and Fresno Dome itself as well as the 
 lower forest itself which ranges from Lower Sonoran Life Zone up into lush 
wet  Transition Zone Forest, but higher at our target destination (mostly 
area at  and above Fresno Dome Trailhead and the Campground a few miles 
lower) in pure  Canadian Zone Forest containing butterfly species not commonly 
seen.   Collecting and watching are not restricted in this area except in 
pockets of  private property. 
As seems to be the  usual case with me, I would have my contact with 
National Forest Personnel,  this time quite unexpectantly in a meadow with a 
mostly dry streambed along the edge of the forest. There was a party of about 

five of them  surveying erosion damage in the meadow just off the road a 
couple of miles above the Fresno Dome Trailhead. They had no visible vehicles. 

  They just appeared at the top of the hill as I was checking a wet spot 
below a  boulder in the streambed.  They were interested in what I was doing 
and I  noted one of them was carrying a net.  I explained to them that their  
area had some fascinating butterflies including the Green Comma (Polygonia  
faunus rusticus), until 1987 known from only one record from the Sequoia  
region and 2 records from the Yosemite region but now known to occur more  
extensively in those regions if one is in the right places at the right times, 
 NOT the times usually visited by collectors.  This was at about 2:30 PM  
and I had not seen a Polygonia of any kind up till that point.  As I  
finished explaining this example to this group, a large Polygonia appeared at 
the 

wet spot and opened its wings and I knew this was a female Green Comma, a  
bit faded and worn but in otherwise good shape.  Unlike my experience  with 
the Indra Swallowtail while with Law Enforcement in  Unl   Natio, I did 
catch this butterfly and show it to  this group of Forest Service 
enthusiasts and it will go in my collection...it was form "silvius", a form 
rare 

within faunus populations. Since Green Commas emerge in early September...this 

butterfly had to be close to ten  months old, long by butterfly standards. 
The Forest Service  Leader told me that  The F  National  had a  
collection of butterflies in their office at  had a  and invited  me to 
contribute butterflies to it.  I'll have to visit them  sometime. 
My associate Stephen  Randall met me at the Trailhead to Fresno Dome, 
arriving from My ass in separate cars since he would have to leave at 2 PM to 

attend a grand daughters school graduation.  I planned to stay  till at least 
4-5 PM to look for butterflies as late as possible and another  of the 
rarest butterflies of the butterfly world (Thorybes diversus, the I planned to 

stay) would be encountered almost at 5 PM five miles  below Fresno Dome 
Camp.  By then Steve had left to go home, but I know  Steve stayed till 4 PM. 
Graduation time in  By the was 7  PM.  I hope he made it on time safely.  The 
butterflies were just  too interesting to leave early.  The list of 
butterflies found will go in  a separate post because of length. 
Best Wishes, Best Wishes, 



Subject: Fresno Dome area, Calif. - faunus females
From: "'Norbert Kondla' nkondla AT telus.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:23:07 -0600
Interesting comment about silvius form of female faunus being rare in faunus
populations. It is the normal/common female form in western Canada in my
experience. I don't know what the story is on this point in the eastern part
of faunus range. Maybe someone who has looked at significant numbers of
females in the east can comment on this ---

 

Norbert Kondla

Rimbey, Alberta

 

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Subject: [SoWestLep] Fresno Dome area, Calif.

 

  

Everyone:

   Back in the late 1980's, Al and Tom Rubbert asked me if there were
butterflies to be found in the Fish Camp area just SW of the entrance to
Yosemite National Park.  The butterflies they found at Fish Camp (now off
limits to visitors of any sort) led to trips to Sugar Pine (much of that
also off limits to visitors) and the Fresno Dome region via Sky Ranch Rd.
and Forest Service Rd. 10 to such places as Fresno Dome Camp and the area
around Fresno Dome itself including the trailhead area and Fresno Dome
itself as well as the lower forest itself which ranges from Lower Sonoran
Life Zone up into lush wet Transition Zone Forest, but higher at our target
destination (mostly area at and above Fresno Dome Trailhead and the
Campground a few miles lower) in pure Canadian Zone Forest containing
butterfly species not commonly seen.  Collecting and watching are not
restricted in this area except in pockets of private property.

   As seems to be the usual case with me, I would have my contact with
National Forest Personnel, this time quite unexpectantly in a meadow with a
mostly dry streambed along the edge of the forest.  There was a party of
about five of them surveying erosion damage in the meadow just off the road
a couple of miles above the Fresno Dome Trailhead.  They had no visible
vehicles.  They just appeared at the top of the hill as I was checking a wet
spot below a boulder in the streambed.  They were interested in what I was
doing and I noted one of them was carrying a net.  I explained to them that
their area had some fascinating butterflies including the Green Comma
(Polygonia faunus rusticus), until 1987 known from only one record from the
Sequoia region and 2 records from the Yosemite region but now known to occur
more extensively in those regions if one is in the right places at the right
times, NOT the times usually visited by collectors.  This was at about 2:30
PM and I had not seen a Polygonia of any kind up till that point.  As I
finished explaining this example to this group, a large Polygonia appeared
at the wet spot and opened its wings and I knew this was a female Green
Comma, a bit faded and worn but in otherwise good shape.  Unlike my
experience with the Indra Swallowtail while with Law Enforcement in Inyo
National Forest, I did catch this butterfly and show it to this group of
Forest Service enthusiasts and it will go in my collection...it was form
"silvius", a form rare within faunus populations.  Since Green Commas emerge
in early September...this butterfly had to be close to ten months old, long
by butterfly standards.

   The Forest Service Leader told me that Sierra National Forest had a
collection of butterflies in their office at North Fork and invited me to
contribute butterflies to it.  I'll have to visit them sometime.

   My associate Stephen Randall met me at the Trailhead to Fresno Dome,
arriving from Visalia in separate cars since he would have to leave at 2 PM
to attend a grand daughters school graduation.  I planned to stay till at
least 4-5 PM to look for butterflies as late as possible and another of the
rarest butterflies of the butterfly world (Thorybes diversus, the Western
Cloudywing) would be encountered almost at 5 PM five miles below Fresno Dome
Camp.  By then Steve had left to go home, but I know Steve stayed till 4 PM.
Graduation time in Visalia was 7 PM.  I hope he made it on time safely.  The
butterflies were just too interesting to leave early.  The list of
butterflies found will go in a separate post because of length.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 




 


Subject: Fresno Dome area, Calif.
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:00:13 -0700
Everyone:

   Back in the late 1980's, Al and Tom Rubbert asked me if there were
butterflies to be found in the Fish Camp area just SW of the entrance to
Yosemite National Park.  The butterflies they found at Fish Camp (now off
limits to visitors of any sort) led to trips to Sugar Pine (much of that
also off limits to visitors) and the Fresno Dome region via Sky Ranch Rd.
and Forest Service Rd. 10 to such places as Fresno Dome Camp and the area
around Fresno Dome itself including the trailhead area and Fresno Dome
itself as well as the lower forest itself which ranges from Lower Sonoran
Life Zone up into lush wet Transition Zone Forest, but higher at our target
destination (mostly area at and above Fresno Dome Trailhead and the
Campground a few miles lower) in pure Canadian Zone Forest containing
butterfly species not commonly seen.  Collecting and watching are not
restricted in this area except in pockets of private property.

   As seems to be the usual case with me, I would have my contact with
National Forest Personnel, this time quite unexpectantly in a meadow with a
mostly dry streambed along the edge of the forest.  There was a party of
about five of them surveying erosion damage in the meadow just off the road
a couple of miles above the Fresno Dome Trailhead.  They had no visible
vehicles.  They just appeared at the top of the hill as I was checking a wet
spot below a boulder in the streambed.  They were interested in what I was
doing and I noted one of them was carrying a net.  I explained to them that
their area had some fascinating butterflies including the Green Comma
(Polygonia faunus rusticus), until 1987 known from only one record from the
Sequoia region and 2 records from the Yosemite region but now known to occur
more extensively in those regions if one is in the right places at the right
times, NOT the times usually visited by collectors.  This was at about 2:30
PM and I had not seen a Polygonia of any kind up till that point.  As I
finished explaining this example to this group, a large Polygonia appeared
at the wet spot and opened its wings and I knew this was a female Green
Comma, a bit faded and worn but in otherwise good shape.  Unlike my
experience with the Indra Swallowtail while with Law Enforcement in Inyo
National Forest, I did catch this butterfly and show it to this group of
Forest Service enthusiasts and it will go in my collection...it was form
"silvius", a form rare within faunus populations.  Since Green Commas emerge
in early September...this butterfly had to be close to ten months old, long
by butterfly standards.

   The Forest Service Leader told me that Sierra National Forest had a
collection of butterflies in their office at North Fork and invited me to
contribute butterflies to it.  I'll have to visit them sometime.

   My associate Stephen Randall met me at the Trailhead to Fresno Dome,
arriving from Visalia in separate cars since he would have to leave at 2 PM
to attend a grand daughters school graduation.  I planned to stay till at
least 4-5 PM to look for butterflies as late as possible and another of the
rarest butterflies of the butterfly world (Thorybes diversus, the Western
Cloudywing) would be encountered almost at 5 PM five miles below Fresno Dome
Camp.  By then Steve had left to go home, but I know Steve stayed till 4 PM.
Graduation time in Visalia was 7 PM.  I hope he made it on time safely.  The
butterflies were just too interesting to leave early.  The list of
butterflies found will go in a separate post because of length.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak at Joshua Tree National Park
From: "Robb Hannawacker hannawacker AT gmail.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:54:59 -0700
I spotted, and photographed 3 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreaks (Strymon
istapa) at Joshua Tree National Park during our March 29, 2014
butterfly count.  This would be the first record of this species
documented within the national park. Observations were three miles
west of the Cottonwood Visitor Center, between Pinkham Canyon Rd and
the base of the Cottonwood Mountains.  Photos at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/39422575 AT N02/sets/72157640953784535/

With all of the excitement, I'm starting the first NABA butterfly
count at Grand Canyon National Park from the river to south of the rim
(Grand Canyon Village).  The count day will be September 6, 2014.
Future counts may be held at two other survey areas, such as North Rim
and Desert View.

Please join "Grand Canyon's First Annual Butterfly Count" facebook
group for updates. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1380962462164609/

Thank you,

Robb Hannawacker
Park Ranger Naturalist
Grand Canyon National Park (summer) & Joshua Tree National Park (winter)


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Subject: Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak
From: "Jay K azure.jay AT earthlink.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:30:27 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
Folks,

On Saturday, June 14, BJ Stacey first spotted a Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak 
(Strymon istapa) while we were looking for dragonflies at the New River 
Wetlands west of Brawley, Imperial County, CA. A photo can be seen here: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753 AT N07/14461362553/

We visited several locations around the south end of the Salton Sea and nearby 
areas between Niland and El Centro, but had rather few leps. Otherwise, if 
anyone wants to take a stab at identifying this Crambid moth (presumably 
Petrophila sp), we'd be appreciative: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753 AT N07/14261418107/

Thanks,

Jay Keller,
San Diego, CA



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Subject: Behr's Wood-Nymph
From: "'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby AT ti.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:28:45 +0000
I would call this species uncommon to fairly common in Santa Barbara County, at 
least in the Santa Ynez and San Rafael ranges. I have certainly seem multiples 
in a day on several occasions and expect to see the species during its flight 
period. Can't recall if I have seen it in the Sierra Madre but I rarely go 
there. 


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Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:33 am (PDT) . Posted by:
"Kenneth Davenport" kdavenport93306 
 

Everyone:

Behr's Wood-Nymph is one of our rarer butterflies in most of the Coast
Ranges in California: Two records of interest where it is little seen.

Santa Barbara County: San Rafael Mts., south end of Davy Brown Trail off
Figueroa Mt. Rd. 3700', 2 seen, one photographed June 11, 2014 Wim Van Dam.
Also known from Santa Barbara Canyon, one collected 31 August 2009 (now in
Colorado State Museum Collection) by Ken Davenport. Some of you out there
may have records for this county, please share them if you do.

San Luis Obispo County: Cerro Alto Peak 2600', one individual June 12, 2014
leg. Josiah Gilbert. The only previous specimen is apparently the one
illustrated in Howe's 1975 book on Butterflies of North America.

There are apparently few records for behrii (at least in the BAMONA
database) for several other southern California Counties. The subspecies is
common in much of Kern County including Frazier Park and adjacent Ventura
County. Subspecies silvestris apparently has its southern limits along the
lower Mineral King Rd. near Sequoia Nat'l Park and populations at Tehachapi
Mtn. Park can look like a behrii-silvestris blend. Databases have only a
very small number of records in them so few records in them may mean little
in terms of their actual status and standing and they are poorly staffed and
funded.

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or 
flutterflies93306 AT att.net 

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Subject: Behr's Wood-Nymph
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:33:08 -0700
Everyone:

   Behr's Wood-Nymph is one of our rarer butterflies in most of the Coast
Ranges in California: Two records of interest where it is little seen.  

 

Santa Barbara County: San Rafael Mts., south end of Davy Brown Trail off
Figueroa Mt. Rd. 3700', 2 seen, one photographed June 11, 2014 Wim Van Dam.
Also known from Santa Barbara Canyon, one collected 31 August 2009 (now in
Colorado State Museum Collection) by Ken Davenport.  Some of you out there
may have records for this county, please share them if you do.

 

San Luis Obispo County: Cerro Alto Peak 2600', one individual June 12, 2014
leg. Josiah Gilbert.  The only previous specimen is apparently the one
illustrated in Howe's 1975 book on Butterflies of North America.

 

   There are apparently few records for behrii (at least in the BAMONA
database) for several other southern California Counties.  The subspecies is
common in much of Kern County including Frazier Park and adjacent Ventura
County.  Subspecies silvestris apparently has its southern limits along the
lower Mineral King Rd. near Sequoia Nat'l Park and populations at Tehachapi
Mtn. Park can look like a behrii-silvestris blend.  Databases have only a
very small number of records in them so few records in them may mean little
in terms of their actual status and standing and they are poorly staffed and
funded.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 
Subject: 2 days in Bishop area, Inyo Co., CA
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:32:41 -0700
Everyone:

   I finally managed to get a 2 day trip to the Bishop area in Inyo County,
California, on June 11 and 12, 2014.  Primary areas sampled for butterflies
(most species observed, some collected) were (1) Pine Creek Canyon (PCC)
near Old Rovana (Sierra Nevada) NW of Bishop (June 11-12), (2) Silver Creek
Canyon E of Laws (SCC), White Mts. (June 11 only) and (3) South Fork of
Bishop Creek, mostly near Bishop Creek Lodge but also including Aspendall,
Table Mtn. and Willow Campground below North Lake (Sierra Nevada, June 12
only)).  I believe I observed 43 species + additional subspecies.  Below is
an annoted checklist with comments.

 

1.  Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius)-PCC

2.  Dyar's Pacuvius Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius lilius): 1 at Aspendall,
common in Sierra but rare in Inyo County.

3. Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius): South Fork Bishop Creek 8300-9000'

4. Checkered Skipper (Erynnis albescens or communis): PCC (seen), 2
collected at SCC, will obtain genitalic determination to resolve ID.

5. Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum): Very common PCC, SCC, less
common Bishop Creek

6. Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus): one at PCC.

7. Western Branded Skipper (Hesperia colorado idaho): Scarce PCC, common
SCC, one at Aspendall, seen Table Mtn.

8. Nevada Skipper (Hesperia nevada sierra): One seen in Aspendall, common
near Lodge at Bishop Creek 8300', Table Mtn. area on fisherman trail and
meadow near Willow Camp

9. Uncas Skipper (Hesperia uncas macswaini): One male collected on
fisherman's trail above Table Mtn. Camp along Bishop Crk.  Very near the
state EARLY record and only the 3rd time I have collected this species in
the Sierra Nevada.  Very common in the boreal White Mts.

10. Mojave Sootywing (Hesperopsis libya-Great Basin segregate): One
individual in lower Silver Crk. Canyon flitting around Eriogonum inflatum.

11. Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra near indra): 8 sightings in PCC in 2
days probably representing 4 individuals.  I collected one of those similar
in size and short tails to Colorado indra and narrowly missed others with
another such pattern and another larger one with a wide yellow band.  Heavy
wind gusts affected my hopes to collect these and my time at at PCC totalled
about 3 hours.

12. Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon): seen sparingly at PCC and Bishop
Creek Lodge area.

13. Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): Common PCC, SCC, Aspendall,
Bishop Creek.

14. Checkered White (Pontia protodice): Very common virtually everywhere,
including Big Pine alfalfa fields.

15. Becker's White (Pontia beckerii): Seen sparingly PCC, SCC.

16. Cabbage White (Pieris rapae): Rovana, SCC, Bishop Creek Lodge.

17. Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides transmontana): seen sparingly Aspendall
and Bishop Creek.

18. Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): singletons PCC, SCC, Bishop Crk.,
Round Valley, Big Pine.

19. Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole): Two seen a mile apart in SCC, the two
differed in coloration and sex.

      Wind and the terrain interfered with collection prospects.  This is
probably a transient population established by strays from the south.

20: Tailed Copper (Lycaena arota arota): One fresh male PCC.

21. Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii behrii): PCC, SCC.  Uncommon.

22. Desert Sylvan Hairstreak (Satyrium sylvinus desertorum): Common SCC near
willows, one lower SCC.

23. Western Pigmy Blue (Brephidium exilis): Common Owens River at Laws, one
SCC.

24. Marine Blue (Leptotes marina): Common SCC, PCC, Bishop Creek drainage.

25a. Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo): Aspendall, Bishop Creek

    b. Desert Azure (Celastrina echo cinerea): Several in SCC at mud at
creek crossings.  Populations at base of eastern Sierra may be this entity
if the azures are really biological cinerea.

26. Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola): Two taken at stream crossing mid SCC,
likely transiently established by southern migrants.

27. Western Tailed Blue (Cupido amyntula montanorum): Taken sparingly near
Bishop Creek Lodge 8300'.

28a. Nevada Arrowhead Blue (Glaucopsyche piasus nevada): Two taken at upper
creek crossing in mid SCC.  This subspecies was only recognized being in the
state since about 1988.

    b. Bushy Lupine Arrowhead Blue (G. piasus excubitus): common and fresh
Bishop Creek Lodge.

29. Glaucon Blue (Euphilotes glaucon australoglaucon): less common PCC but
now occurring up to 8400' SF Bishop Creek.

30. Dotted Blue (Euphilotes enoptes probably langstoni): PCC

31. Greenish Blue (Plebejus saepiolus (aehaja?) Bishop Creek above Table
Mtn. & Willow Camp meadow.

32a. Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides fulla): scarce in PCC.

    b. Eastern Sierra Boisduval's Blue (P. icarioides eosierra): several
Bishop Crk. Lodge.  Much less common than year with netter rainfall.

33.  Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini argentata probably related to chlorina):
Just emerging Bishop Creek, very scarce PCC where this species appears to be
a blend zone population

34. Sierra Nevada Arctic Blue (Plebejus (Agriades) podarce: Males only very
common in wet meadow with shooting stars near Willow Camp below Noth Lake at
about 9000'.  Being on the east side of the Sierra Crest, these may differ
from ssp. cilla.

35. Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris): This east slope
population is more black than ssp. montana.  Seen sparingly Aspendall,
Bishop Creek Lodge.

36. Olancha Chalcedon Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona olancha): Six seen
in colony between the Lodge and Table Mtn. Camp.

37. Edith's Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha monoensis) per Howe, aurilacus at
BOA website.  Only one seen Bishop Creek 8400'.

38. Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): Seen at nearly all sites.

39. Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria): Two at seep in SCC.

40. Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa): One seen Bishop Creek Table Mtn.

41. Great Basin Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini pallidafacies): Common
and most near typical at SCC along stream with willows.  Possibly blending
with nominate lorquini in Owens Valley (not checked this trip) and PCC.
Seen Aspendall.

42. Great Basin Wood-Nymph (Cercyonis sthenele paulus): Seen PCC, one
collected SCC.

43. Monarch (Danaus plexippus plexippus): Fresh and worn individuals were
common in PCC, Rovana area.

 

Added Notes:  Ancilla Blue may have been encountered but male genitalic
checks are beyond my training.  Riding's Satyr (Neominois ridingsii
pallidus) can be quite common in the Bishop Creek area from about 8000-8700'
in latter part of June and early July per Charles Sekerman and past personal
experience.  The Ivallda Arctic (Oeneis chryxus ivallda) also occurs here in
early July, as low as 8300'.  Cercyonis oetus oetus (Least Satyr or Dark
Wood-Nymph) flies here starting in July.  Both Great Copper (Lycaena
xanthoides) and Edith's Copper (Lycaena editha) both occur here too, but
neither are common.

 

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Re: Roberts Ranch June 7 2014
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:10:36 -0700
Hi Pete,

> Is the road up Hot Springs Mountain accessible for lower profile vehicle or 
did 

> you park and hike up?
> 
Unfortunately, the road is not that great. I thought of turning back three 
times because of road conditions, and scratched my car bottom couple of times. 
But I kept going. Twice I had to take leap of faith by going up the hill with 
"momentum" - otherwise the car started to slide down. 


But once you pass through all of this, you can drive all the way up almost to 
the summit. I was hoping to see unique vegetation there, but was not much 
different from Palomar Mountains... 


Koji
San Diego
Subject: Re: Roberts Ranch June 7 2014
From: "Ray Stanford ray.stanford AT stanfordalumni.org [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:20:40 -0700
Pete, Koji and Frank,

I miss seeing those coppers in the field up here in Oregon. But both here, in 
CA, east to CO, Lycaena editha, related to xanthoides somewhat, also sometimes 
has tiny tails in the same hindwing places. Unrelated to these, there is a 
copper species in Central America that has prominent tails there. I forget its 
name. 


Cheers, Ray  

On Jun 9, 2014, at 10:36 AM, Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep] wrote:

> Frank and Koji,
> Good to see some are still chasing bugs in our corner of the country.
> It seems as though all I can do lately is just post comments on others' 
tallies. 

> I'm hoping I can get my shoes dusty in the next week or two but the window
> remains small. 
> 
> Frank, I'm glad you were able to make it down here after all before things
> get busy for you. As I said, I think there may be a few hermes on the wing 
> somewhere in the county - I've had them at the end of May - but early 
> June is a bit of a risk. Good for you that you had the mojo to try. Plus you
> were able to see and photograph the Gold-Hunter's or Nut-Brown Hairstreak.
> Like Koji, I prefer to call auretorum spadix by the older common name of 
> Nut-Brown. I'm afraid someone might one day accidentally "dyslexia-cize" 
> it and refer to it as, "Gold Nut-Hunter's"! Good thing it doesn't fly in La 
Jolla!! 

> 
> As far as our other "tailed" coppers here, some Gorgon Copper males come
> close to having one too. I've observed one or two that had their white lower 
> fringe region extended more than others. 
> 
> Koji,
> Good to see you are taking time to check some mountains in the county not
> always visited. Nice mix of species on your lists. My car cannot get up Black
> Mountain without damaging the undercarriage. I've tried. Because of this, 
> the only time I've been near the top was with you before the fires of 2007.
> I never forgot that this is where you had collected our Harbison's Dun 
Skipper. 

> 
> Is the road up Hot Springs Mountain accessible for lower profile vehicle or 
did 

> you park and hike up?
> 
> Pete
> 
> --------------------------------------------
> On Sat, 6/7/14, fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]  
wrote: 

> 
> Subject: [SoWestLep] Roberts Ranch June 7 2014
> To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com, MassLep AT googlegroups.com
> Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10:12 PM
> 
> Hi Folks,
> Totally unexpectedly, I found myself free to go harass butterflies
> today, so I headed down to San Diego County to look for Hermes Copper. 
> No luck at two good locations, so I guess they're not flying yet.
> I did find Gold-Hunter's Hairstreak,
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14347943076/
> 
> a lifer for me because I usually return to Massachusetts by May 15, and 
> Great Copper,
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14369564632/
> 
> of which I saw several. In a previous post I suggested that Tailed Copper 
> and Hermes Copper were the only tailed coppers flying in California,
> but I was wrong - Great Copper has a little tail as well.
> 
> Lots of buckwheat and so lots of buckwheat blues as well.
> 
> Cheers,
> Frank
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Subject: RE: Re: How collecting impatcs numbers
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 23:55:16 -0700
Chris:

   I did have a day last May 13th where I collected all 9 Leanira
Checkerspots I saw on a ridge off the Sherman Pass Rd.  Did I hurt the
population?  That population covers the area between Johnsondale in Tulare
County to the north south to Havilah in Kern County at the south end,
probably 40 air miles distant and about 5 miles or more wide.  I collected
all the leanira I found there on that hill last year (about 4) so the
population actually increased on the hill since 2013.  Hills are often
gathering areas to find mates and only one of the nine leanira I took was a
female.  I only sampled one of many hilltops in that same location.
Leanira disperse well.  The leanira populations off the Sherman Pass Rd.
were decimated by the 2002 forest fire there and other colony areas have
been similarly affected by other fires within the larger population picture.
Recolonization is taking place and the habitat is recovering quickly.

   Leanira was not flying well in some areas where common last year,
probably due to drought.  They were not collected out.  Leanira Checkerspots
like many butterfly species in the west are capable of delaying emergences
or development for several years awaiting years of good rainfall.  Or they
may have small or partial flights.

   Can overcollecting or irresponsible collecting hurt a population?  Yes, I
would never collect the Tehachapi Fritillary (Speyeria egleis tehachapina)
in numbers since those are restricted to the very tops of mountains in the
Tehachapi and Piute Mtn. Ranges.  So obviously, responsible collecting
involves knowing ones "target butterfly" and its status within a region.
And with some butterflies, it has been advised not to collect females at
all.

    I have encountered several butterflies thought to possibly be
endangered, threatened or extinct and found those to actually be common
butterflies once one knew the host, habitat and flight period.  And those
were found along roads, not in the back country.  If actually declared
threatened or endangered, then it would not be wise to collect them at all.

   There are very few collectors out there.  Natural predators "take" far
more butterflies than collectors.  And again, there are guidelines for
responsible collecting published by the Lepidopterists' Society to ensure
any collection is of value scientifically, the Society does not endorse
collecting butterflies as a business or collecting species (or subspecies)
that are endangered.  And numbers taken should be reasonable so as not to
endanger populations.  That may vary with the butterfly and the population.

   About 80% of the butterflies I collect presently will go to a museum or
be used in DNA work within the year.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [SoWestLep] Re: How collecting impatcs numbers

 

  

John, Actually there are certain things I do before I step on the scales,
but that is more appropriate to a different listserve. ;)

 

And I fully agree that through the course of humans conducting their normal
lives, driving, farming, building subdivisions, etc that lives (non-human)
are lost, which is unfortunate.  There is a certain "pick you battle"
philosophy in this.  Loss of individuals and habitats to build yet another
strip mall which is a carbon copy of the strip mall a mile down the road I
would consider an unnecessary loss.  Loss of individuals that get stuck in
the grill of my car as I drive to work is unfortunate and unpreventable.

 

I remember many years back a person (and I do not remember the name of the
individual nor the species collected) posted on this list, or perhaps the
desertleps list, that they had seen 'x' number of individuals of a certain
skipper on a lepping trip and that they had successfully collected each
individual they had seen.  

 

While I have no problem with collecting, I think it needs to be done
responsibly.  The example in the above paragraph I do not view as
responsible collecting.  Certainly you understand that there are important
attributes of a bug that are not observable in bug with a #3 pin stuck
through it.  Some of these important characteristics are only observable in
a living bug going about his or her bugly business.

 

Collect to your heart's content and learn as much as you can based on those
collections and please share what you learn with the rest of us.  All I am
saying is just please leave a few for the rest of us to enjoy in our
particular method of bug enjoyment and to give the bug maximum opportunity
to procreate for future observers and collectors.

 

chris

 

 


Chris Kline 
Sugar Grove, Ohio

To learn more about my Tony Spencer Mystery Series and my Butterfly books
visit: http://beeryridge.yolasite.com  

 

 


Subject: collecting impacts science
From: "zapjammer AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 17:46:34 +0000 (UTC)
Frank, 

Your example of the Chinese collector represents far more than irresponsible 
collecting! I had mental images of some very bad things I thought of doing to 
that guy. It was not pretty. 


If we accept your example as the ‘bad’ end of collector behavior, we can 
see that it is rare. 


Re: bludgeoning Monarchs 
You summon such a negative image! Kids are hands on. Hands on a butterfly? 
Well, there is the potential loss of the specimen to its population. However, 
there is the wonder of discovery and, sometimes, a seed that gets planted. It 
is where I and most of my colleagues came from. In science, we ‘sacrifice’ 
a specimen for DNA, genitalic dissection...etc. In reality, teaching kids about 
butterflies involves sacrifices of individual butterflies. No pain; no gain. It 
is in this way that the sacrifice of individuals creates the opportunity to 
preserve and protect the species they represent. It is at the very root of 
citizen science. 


The concept of ‘non-consumptive naturalism’ was never intended as a 
replacement for the scientific investigation of the natural world. It is an 
adjunct practice that promotes the ability of those either not disposed to 
collect or not disposed to prepare, preserve and store specimens to participate 
in our great venture. We are one really. Different avatars. 


A kid is an evolving entity. We, as parents, coaches and teachers, have a great 
responsibility to provide them with an opportunity to evolve and grow without 
predispositions. To think, to explore possibilities. If one kid decides that 
killing an organism in order to study it does not suit their sensibilities, 
they should not be forced into a polarity with another whose inclination is to 
construct a collection. I have many times observed that a kid not inclined to 
make a collection is nonetheless fascinated by the collection that another has 
made. This is a good thing, reflecting respect for each different views. 


Ideally, we will evolve a community where everybody knows where to record their 
butterfly observations. Several such ‘projects’ have been and are underway. 
There will always be the scientific strictures that prevent one or another 
‘record’ from being incorporated into a database. No matter, as our 
community continues to evolve, the enthusiasm for discovery will feed on itself 
and our knowledge will grow apace. Some watchers will evolve into collectors 
but that should not be defined as a preference. Heck, I am more of a watcher 
now than ever I have been. 


Damn things keep flying around too fast! 

JPPelham 
Subject: Re: Roberts Ranch June 7 2014
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:36:11 -0700 (PDT)
Frank and Koji,
Good to see some are still chasing bugs in our corner of the country.
It seems as though all I can do lately is just post comments on others' 
tallies. 

I'm hoping I can get my shoes dusty in the next week or two but the window
remains small. 

Frank, I'm glad you were able to make it down here after all before things
get busy for you. As I said, I think there may be a few hermes on the wing 
somewhere in the county - I've had them at the end of May - but early 
June is a bit of a risk. Good for you that you had the mojo to try. Plus you
were able to see and photograph the Gold-Hunter's or Nut-Brown Hairstreak.
Like Koji, I prefer to call auretorum spadix by the older common name of 
Nut-Brown. I'm afraid someone might one day accidentally "dyslexia-cize" 
it and refer to it as, "Gold Nut-Hunter's"! Good thing it doesn't fly in La 
Jolla!! 


As far as our other "tailed" coppers here, some Gorgon Copper males come
close to having one too. I've observed one or two that had their white lower 
fringe region extended more than others. 

Koji,
Good to see you are taking time to check some mountains in the county not
always visited. Nice mix of species on your lists. My car cannot get up Black
Mountain without damaging the undercarriage. I've tried. Because of this, 
the only time I've been near the top was with you before the fires of 2007.
I never forgot that this is where you had collected our Harbison's Dun Skipper.

Is the road up Hot Springs Mountain accessible for lower profile vehicle or did
you park and hike up?

Pete











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On Sat, 6/7/14, fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]  wrote:

 Subject: [SoWestLep] Roberts Ranch June 7 2014
 To: SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com, MassLep AT googlegroups.com
 Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10:12 PM

Hi Folks,
Totally unexpectedly, I found myself free to go harass butterflies
today, so I headed down to San Diego County to look for Hermes Copper. 
No luck at two good locations, so I guess they're not flying yet.
I did find Gold-Hunter's Hairstreak,
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14347943076/
 
a lifer for me because I usually return to Massachusetts by May 15, and 
Great Copper,
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14369564632/
 
of which I saw several. In a previous post I suggested that Tailed Copper 
and Hermes Copper were the only tailed coppers fluing in California,
but I was wrong - Great Copper has a little tail as well.
 
 Lots of buckwheat and so lots of buckwheat blues as well.
 
 Cheers,
 Frank
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 



 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
   
 
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Subject: Re: collecting impactc science
From: "fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:58:05 -0400 (EDT)
All,


These "debates" always follow a predictable [and unproductive] path, and, as 
usual, Jonathan offers a sensible, level-headed view. 



So let me rouse some rabble. Yes, it is difficult to define "responsible 
collecting" or "responsible watching", for that matter. It is much easier to 
define the "irresponsible" counterpart. When a "collector" in China sweeps a 
habitat clean of a rare butterfly clean, then destroys that habitat, usually by 
burning, to assure that his catch fetches top dollar, that is irresponsible, if 
not criminal. When a large group of tyro "watchers" enters a sensitive habitat 
and tramples a large proportion of the host plant [without realizing it], that 
isn't much better. 



My point is this: When either group gets defensive about their practices and 
suggests that anybody should be allowed to participate without limitation, that 
cannot be a good thing. For example, I find it very disturbing when Ms. Jones' 
third grade class shows up at the local milkweed patch with home made "coat 
hanger and orange bag" nets and bludgeons a bunch of monarch nearly to death in 
the misguided notion that this is citizen science. 



Let the vitriol flow!


Cheers,
Frank



-----Original Message-----
From: zapjammer AT comcast.net [SoWestLep] 
To: chris kline 
Cc: SoWestLep 
Sent: Mon, Jun 9, 2014 9:33 am
Subject: [SoWestLep] collecting impactc science


 
  
    
                  

Chris,

‘...that they had seen 'x' number of individuals of a certain skipper on a 
lepping trip and that they had successfully collected each individual they had 
seen. 


It is appropriate to note that human butterfly collectors are notoriously bad 
butterfly predators. Among ourselves, we always assume that if we are seeing a 
butterfly at all, it must be pretty common or our clumsy senses would miss it 
altogether. If we had to make a living finding butterflies to survive, we would 
be extinct! 


I do not exactly know what ‘responsible collecting’ means. By way of 
comparison, I would suggest that responsible watching serves as an appropriate 
measure. If, and this is a moderately big if, an observed butterfly can be 
determined to taxon, that fact needs to be tagged with all of the other 
pertinent data (e.g., place, date, observer...etc.) and *recorded.* When such 
is done, these observations have great value. When it is not, the observation 
still has great aesthetic value but it has lost its scientific value. 
Butterflies are fun and there is room for everybody to enjoy them. 


As we are becoming aware, the proper discrimination of taxa can be problematic 
even with a specimen in hand. This makes certain that observation alone is not 
always adequate. 


No matter what you have heard, some butterflies simply cannot be determined 
from an image alone. We are not living in a 0-1 or digital natural world. 
Nature is all about deception, for example, mimicry and crypsis. 


JPPelham


    
             

  
Subject: collecting impactc science
From: "zapjammer AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:33:00 +0000 (UTC)
Chris, 

‘...that they had seen 'x' number of individuals of a certain skipper on a 
lepping trip and that they had successfully collected each individual they had 
seen. 


It is appropriate to note that human butterfly collectors are notoriously bad 
butterfly predators. Among ourselves, we always assume that if we are seeing a 
butterfly at all, it must be pretty common or our clumsy senses would miss it 
altogether. If we had to make a living finding butterflies to survive, we would 
be extinct! 


I do not exactly know what ‘responsible collecting’ means. By way of 
comparison, I would suggest that responsible watching serves as an appropriate 
measure. If, and this is a moderately big if, an observed butterfly can be 
determined to taxon, that fact needs to be tagged with all of the other 
pertinent data (e.g., place, date, observer...etc.) and *recorded.* When such 
is done, these observations have great value. When it is not, the observation 
still has great aesthetic value but it has lost its scientific value. 
Butterflies are fun and there is room for everybody to enjoy them. 


As we are becoming aware, the proper discrimination of taxa can be problematic 
even with a specimen in hand. This makes certain that observation alone is not 
always adequate. 


No matter what you have heard, some butterflies simply cannot be determined 
from an image alone. We are not living in a 0-1 or digital natural world. 
Nature is all about deception, for example, mimicry and crypsis. 


JPPelham 
Subject: Re: How collecting impatcs numbers
From: "chris kline kline_at_pine AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 05:33:39 -0700 (PDT)
John, Actually there are certain things I do before I step on the scales, but 
that is more appropriate to a different listserve. ;) 


And I fully agree that through the course of humans conducting their normal 
lives, driving, farming, building subdivisions, etc that lives (non-human) are 
lost, which is unfortunate. There is a certain "pick you battle" philosophy in 
this. Loss of individuals and habitats to build yet another strip mall which 
is a carbon copy of the strip mall a mile down the road I would consider an 
unnecessary loss. Loss of individuals that get stuck in the grill of my car as 
I drive to work is unfortunate and unpreventable. 


I remember many years back a person (and I do not remember the name of the 
individual nor the species collected) posted on this list, or perhaps the 
desertleps list, that they had seen 'x' number of individuals of a certain 
skipper on a lepping trip and that they had successfully collected each 
individual they had seen.  


While I have no problem with collecting, I think it needs to be done 
responsibly. The example in the above paragraph I do not view as responsible 
collecting. Certainly you understand that there are important attributes of a 
bug that are not observable in bug with a #3 pin stuck through it. Some of 
these important characteristics are only observable in a living bug going about 
his or her bugly business. 


Collect to your heart's content and learn as much as you can based on those 
collections and please share what you learn with the rest of us. All I am 
saying is just please leave a few for the rest of us to enjoy in our particular 
method of bug enjoyment and to give the bug maximum opportunity to procreate 
for future observers and collectors. 


chris



Chris Kline 
Sugar Grove, Ohio
To learn more about my Tony Spencer Mystery Series and my Butterfly books 
visit: http://beeryridge.yolasite.com 
Subject: How collecting impatcs numbers
From: "'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 23:50:25 -0700
>>> Perhaps not extinction, but does it impact local population numbers 
adversely? 

Hi Chris,

So, let me ask you a rhetorical question. Do you clip your toenails, blow your 
nose, and exhale before stepping onto the bathroom scales? 


Consider: 

Driving my car likely kills more butterflies in a week than I have ever 
purposefully collected in one week. The vast majority of drivers do not 
consciously collect, but looking at their windshields and their grilles reveals 
that their driving kills large numbers of insects. The impact of my collecting 
(and yours, and his, and hers, and theirs, etc.) would certainly be lost in the 
rounding error of the numbers of butterflies killed, mostly unnoted and 
unlamented, by cars. 


Likewise, one hungry bird can consume in one day more insects than I would 
collect in a week or a month, and there are certainly millions of hungry 
insectivorous birds, not to mention lizards, mantids, parasitic wasps, tachinid 
flies, etc. 


But back to the conscious activity of “Man, the Wise,” one bulldozer, 
clearing native habitat for one day for one shopping mall, removes (as in kills 
viable life forms) not only all seeds, shoots, trees, flowers, sedges, eggs, 
larval forms, and immatures unable to flee, but denies almost all life forms 
(possibly excepting humans and their pets) in that immediate area the 
requisites of life for the indefinite future. I could also mention the effects 
of one chain saw, or one crop duster, or one dam on the environment. Then 
compare that to one net... 


I’m certainly not suggesting that humans adopt a primitive lifestyle, living 
naked in dirt-floor huts, and eating only what we could grab with our own two 
hands, but if, in some fantasy world we did, we would still be killing (as in 
eating) more butterflies than collectors collect. 


So a little perspective is in order.

Scientific collections are an irreplaceable necessity for conservation. As the 
saying goes, we cannot protect what we do not know. 


---
John Saba
Tucson, AZ
Nature Study Is a Grand Adventure!
Subject: Re: Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue
From: "chris kline kline_at_pine AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:00:00 -0700 (PDT)
Perhaps not extinction, but does it impact local population numbers adversely? 
  


 chris
 

Chris Kline 
Sugar Grove, Ohio
To learn more about my Tony Spencer Mystery Series and my Butterfly books 
visit: http://beeryridge.yolasite.com 

 
 


On Sunday, June 8, 2014 4:56 PM, "'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" 
 wrote: 

 


  
John:
Thanks for posting this article.  I have been interested natural 
history for more than 70 years and always instinctively felt that scientific 
collecting had very little if anything to do with Extinction – especially 
when 

compared to habitat destruction by man and by climate change.
 
Hank 
Brodkin 
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
31°26’59.8”N 
110°16’02.8”W
hbrodkin AT cox.net
"Butterflies of Arizona - a Photographic 
Guide"
"Finding Butterflies in Arizona - a Guide to the Best 
Sites"
http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/hbrodkin/

 
From: mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 1:34 PM
To: Lep1 ; Lep2 
Subject: [SoWestLep] Collecting biological specimens essential to 
science and conservation, experts argue
 



Collecting plant and animal specimens 
is essential for scientific studies and conservation and does not, as some 
critics of the practice have suggested, play a significant role in species 
extinctions. Those are the conclusions of more than 100 biologists and 
biodiversity researchers.
 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140522141315.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28Latest+Science+News+--+ScienceDaily%29 

 
---
John 
Saba
Tucson, AZ
Nature Study Is a Grand Adventure!
Subject: Re: Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue
From: "'Hank Brodkin' hbrodkin AT cox.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:56:50 -0700
John:
Thanks for posting this article. I have been interested natural history for 
more than 70 years and always instinctively felt that scientific collecting had 
very little if anything to do with Extinction – especially when compared to 
habitat destruction by man and by climate change. 


Hank Brodkin 
Carr Canyon, Cochise County, AZ
31°26’59.8”N 110°16’02.8”W
hbrodkin AT cox.net
"Butterflies of Arizona - a Photographic Guide"
"Finding Butterflies in Arizona - a Guide to the Best Sites"
http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b222/hbrodkin/


From: mailto:SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 1:34 PM
To: Lep1 ; Lep2 
Subject: [SoWestLep] Collecting biological specimens essential to science and 
conservation, experts argue 





Collecting plant and animal specimens is essential for scientific studies and 
conservation and does not, as some critics of the practice have suggested, play 
a significant role in species extinctions. Those are the conclusions of more 
than 100 biologists and biodiversity researchers. 



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140522141315.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28Latest+Science+News+--+ScienceDaily%29 


---
John Saba
Tucson, AZ
Nature Study Is a Grand Adventure!


Subject: Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue
From: "'John Saba' sabaj AT theriver.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:34:31 -0700
Collecting plant and animal specimens is essential for scientific studies and 
conservation and does not, as some critics of the practice have suggested, play 
a significant role in species extinctions. Those are the conclusions of more 
than 100 biologists and biodiversity researchers. 



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140522141315.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28Latest+Science+News+--+ScienceDaily%29 


---
John Saba
Tucson, AZ
Nature Study Is a Grand Adventure!
Subject: Roberts Ranch June 7 2014
From: "fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 01:12:16 -0400 (EDT)
Hi Folks,


Totally unexpectedly, I found myself free to go harass butterflies today, so I 
headed down to San Diego County to look for Hermes Copper. No luck at two good 
locations, so I guess they're not flying yet. 



I did find Gold-Hunter's Hairstreak,


https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14347943076/


a lifer for me because I usually return to Massachusetts by May 15, and Great 
Copper, 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14369564632/


of which I saw several. In a previous post I suggested that Tailed Copper and 
Hermes Copper were the only tailed coppers fluing in California, but I was 
wrong - Great Copper has a little tail as well. 



Lots of buckwheat and so lots of buckwheat blues as well.


Cheers,
Frank
Subject: Black Mountain and Hot Springs Mountain, San Diego Co.
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 19:07:07 -0700
Hi all,

Forgot to post my visit last week.

June 1, 2014 - Black Mountain near Ramona

Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius)
Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis tristis)
Artful Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius callidus) - I think this is first time I see 
this butterfly here. 

Northern White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum) - Not sure, but very possible as 
it is very common here. 

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon) - Hilltopping as usual
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - common
Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - common
Bronzed Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium chalcis) - fresh & common
Nut-Brown Hairstreak (Satyrium auretorum spadix) - first time I see this 
butterfly here. 

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina)
Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo)
San Bernardino Blue (Euphilotes bernardino bernardino)
Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia virgulti virgulti)
Comstock's Fritillary (Speyeria callippe comstocki)

Very dry condition with much less thistle flower this year. Could not find Dun 
Skipper this year. 

Saw a Giant Swallowtail on the way back (Poway).

June 6, 2014 - Hot Springs Mountain (highest peak in San Diego Co!)

Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius)
Mournful Duskywing (Erynnis tristis tristis)
Artful Duskywing (Erynnis pacuvius callidus)
Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - common
Checkered White (Pontia protodice)
Bronzed Hedgerow Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium chalcis) 
California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica californica)
Nelson's Hairstreak (Callophrys nelsoni) - very common on Golden Yarrow near 
the host 

Western Elfin (Callophrys augustinus iroides)
Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo)
Clemence's Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola)
San Bernardino Blue (Euphilotes bernardino bernardino)
Semiramis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis semiramis)
California Sister (Adelpha californica)
Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta)

The King of the Hill on the highest summit in San Diego County was ... the Pale 
Swallowtail (of course). 


Also, noticed outbreak of grasshoppers near Lake Henshaw.

Koji
San Diego



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Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Quest for Indra Swallowtails
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 08:12:12 -0700
Rick and Bruce:

   Bruce is right.  Scientific research requires a permit in National
Forests, collecting as a hobby or for ones own enjoyment does not.  While
Sherman Pass closer to my home would have had far more butterflies of
interest, I wanted to try at least one day near Bishop for the elusive near
indra and hopefully find other butterflies for my personal collection.  Bad
weather and required mandatory training sessions on my regularly scheduled
days off from child protective services on Wednesday have killed plans for
the past month for a 2-day trip to that region.  I had to be back today to
pick up my wife on her return trip from Texas but rec'd a call from her
minutes after I returned home that she is staying there another week.  Had I
known that, I would have made it a two day trip.  The law enforcement guy
seemed to find it unbelievable I would come all that way for one day.  I was
extremely desperate for something of high interest.  A butterfly (P. indra
nr. indra) not endangered or threatened but one hard to find and access not
well represented in my personal collection was a strong motivator.

   By the way, the original message and this reply were sent to Leann Murphy
who is keeping track of the butterflies of Inyo National Forest and who has
been evaluating possible species of concern in that National Forest.  And I
did get a Research Permit in Inyo National Forest in 2004 for my work in
publishing my Yosemite Butterflies book by The International Lepidopterist's
Survey which had a Text and Color Plates Issue, with the Text issue Revised
in 2007.  So there are reasons why Inyo National Forest might think I was
there doing research.  I do share what I do find with government agencies
and sometimes I do make scientific discoveries even when that is not my
intent.  Leann contacted me a year or so ago asking me for such information.
Some butterflies on my list may be of interest to Inyo National Forest, but
nothing on it should require special governmental protection.

   So there are ways that amateur collectors or watchers can help government
agencies even if we are not doing "scientific research", we can be providing
helpful information that may be important scientifically.  Personally, no
one is paying me to do any scientific research.  I have to fund my own
trips.

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



Subject: Re: [DesertLeps] Quest for Indra Swallowtails

 

  

 < About 12:30 PM I was looking for indra in the canyon and stopped by Inyo
National Forest Law Enforcement wondering if I was collecting for a hobby or
a scientist doing research.  While I have done research for Inyo National
Forest by permit in 2004, this trip was totally for my own enjoyment and
collection.  The workers had the right to check me out, but unfortunately,
it was right then that a huge indra, probably a female with reduced yellow
bands and spot fluttered near me right in front of their vehicle and since
there were as yet unresolved legal matters,>

 

What legal matter? If it isn't marked "wilderness area" or your were
commercially collecting, there is no restriction. When were the written
rules changed? Sounds like individually made-up policy. Now I am starting to
sound like Brian, but rules are rules, not to be made-up by local rangers.

Rick

 

From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [DesertLeps]"

To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; "Murphy, Leeann B -FS" ;
ROBERT GORMAN ; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A
Randall  
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 2:54 AM
Subject: [DesertLeps] Quest for Indra Swallowtails

 

  

Everyone:

   I decided to take my only day off this week and drive all the way from
Bakersfield to Bishop in the hopes I could collect central-northern Sierra
Nevada Papilio indra near indra for my personal collection even though this
meant I would have to drive round trip on only 4 hours of sleep.  As Garth &
Tilden said in their 1963 Yosemite Butterflies book Papilio indra indra in
that region tends to be most elusive and over the years I have only
collected 15 or 16 of that subspecies (many in not so good condition), once
3 in one day, more often one or none.  They are not threatened or
endangered.  They are just hard to find, live on steep, rocky or rattlesnake
infested difficult and dangerous terrain and are very difficult to capture.

   I tried in 2 areas: first Pine Creek Canyon near Rovana where indra can
occur at the base of steep sandy/rocky slopes with the host or in level
grassy areas in sagebrush openings also below high hills which likely have
adults.  At 1:45 PM with limited results I tried the south fork of Bishop
Creek west of Bishop from about 7000' to 9000'.  Both locations are in Inyo
County , CA .  No indra were seen at the latter locality.

   I arrived in Pine Creek Canyon at 10:10 AM after leaving at 5 AM.  No
indra were seen in the canyon itself from the car and I chose the meadow
locality further up since the site usually turns up an indra or two even
though the habitat seems wrong, though last year failed to produce any
there.  I saw an indra there within 2 minutes of my arrival there, but it
saw me and flew into a willow thicket.  I decided to add a wet spot to the
dirt road entering the meadow using my drinking water gallon bottle.  Within
5-10 seconds an indra flew towards the wet spot and I netted the nice male
easily.  I added more water and a second indra appeared from the same route
within a minute or two, but it saw me and disappeared on the other side of
the tree where I was standing.  But that was it, no more indra would be seen
there.  But the wet spot would attract dozens of Lupine and Glaucon Blues!

   About 12:30 PM I was looking for indra in the canyon and stopped by Inyo
National Forest Law Enforcement wondering if I was collecting for a hobby or
a scientist doing research.  While I have done research for Inyo National
Forest by permit in 2004, this trip was totally for my own enjoyment and
collection.  The workers had the right to check me out, but unfortunately,
it was right then that a huge indra, probably a female with reduced yellow
bands and spot fluttered near me right in front of their vehicle and since
there were as yet unresolved legal matters, I really had no opportunity to
net it.  So I had 4 sightings of indra and sightings #1 and #3 may have been
of the same individual.  Conditions were dry, but better than in 2013.

 

A list of butterflies seen, encountered or collected with some comments and
localities:

Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius): One seen south fork of Bishop Creek at
near 9000'

Northern or Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum): One seen spreading
itself out on a rock by a wet spot at Table Mtn. (S. Fork Bishop Creek)

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon): one seen at wet spot along Bishop
Creek near 9000'

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): Two with the preceding.

Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra near indra): See comments above, may have
been more common earlier this season.

Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii sisymbrii): South Fork Bishop Creek at 9000'.
Collected as rarely seen in that area, at least not by me.

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-Hwy 395, Pine Creek Canyon , S fork of
Bishop Crk.  It is highly likely some were actually Becker's Whites since
past collecting here has confirmed beckerii regularly occurs here.

Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii behrii): Pine Creek Canyon , only 1.

Echo Azure (Celastrina echo): S fork of Bishop Crk. to 9000'

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina): One male at mud above Pine Creek Canyon .

Glaucon Blue (Euphilotes glaucon australoglaucon): Extremely common at mud
at the indra site.

Langston's Blue (Euphilotes enoptes langstoni): Extremely common at the
indra site away from the host-scarce in Pine Creek Canyon with the host,
maybe because the plant bloom is going south.

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides)  Above Pine Creek Canyon at mud.

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)-at same wet spot.

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini probably argentata in the chlorina group).  I
took 4 males, no females seen.

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): Pine Creek Canyon , only 1.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): saw 6-8 at various spots.

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini): One seen above Pine Creek Canyon .

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) singletons Pine Creek Canyon and above at the
indra wet spot.

Queen (Danaus gilippus thersippus): 1 crossing Hwy. 395 just N of Big Pine.

 

   I did not stay long at Pine Creek Canyon .  I failed to see any Sagebrush
=Acastus Checkerspots, Field Crescents,or Western Tailed Blues. I may have
seen a Large Marble above Table Mtn.   I had hoped to find Edith's
Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha monoensis) at south fork of Bishop Creek at
8300'.  That was a long way to go for few butterflies.  The male indra was
in C+ or B condition but in some cases like this, I'll take it.  I had no
opportunity to net any of the others seen and a day of recreation far from
home is expensive with above $4 a gallon gas.

 

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org/
TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" C 1999

 

 


Subject: RE: [DesertLeps] Quest for Indra Swallowtails
From: "'Walsh, James Bruce - (jbwalsh)' jbwalsh AT email.arizona.edu [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 14:05:56 +0000
Ironically, collecting for a hobby does not typically require a FS permit, 
while collecting for research does. Further, the research permits are usually 
more restrictive! I'm surprised that they asked for this difference versus the 
more reasonable concern over commerical versus hobby collecting, which seems a 
better thing to regulate! 


cheers

bruce
________________________________________
From: DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com [DesertLeps AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:41 AM
To: Kenneth Davenport; desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; Murphy, Leeann B -FS; ROBERT 
GORMAN; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A Randall 

Subject: Re: [DesertLeps] Quest for Indra Swallowtails

 < About 12:30 PM I was looking for indra in the canyon and stopped by Inyo 
National Forest Law Enforcement wondering if I was collecting for a hobby or a 
scientist doing research. While I have done research for Inyo National Forest 
by permit in 2004, this trip was totally for my own enjoyment and collection. 
The workers had the right to check me out, but unfortunately, it was right then 
that a huge indra, probably a female with reduced yellow bands and spot 
fluttered near me right in front of their vehicle and since there were as yet 
unresolved legal matters,> 


What legal matter? If it isn't marked "wilderness area" or your were 
commercially collecting, there is no restriction. When were the written rules 
changed? Sounds like individually made-up policy. Now I am starting to sound 
like Brian, but rules are rules, not to be made-up by local rangers. 

Rick

From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [DesertLeps]" 
 

To: desertleps AT yahoogroups.com; "Murphy, Leeann B -FS" ; 
ROBERT GORMAN ; SoWestLep AT yahoogroups.com; Stephen A 
Randall  

Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 2:54 AM
Subject: [DesertLeps] Quest for Indra Swallowtails


Everyone:
 I decided to take my only day off this week and drive all the way from 
Bakersfield to Bishop in the hopes I could collect central-northern Sierra 
Nevada Papilio indra near indra for my personal collection even though this 
meant I would have to drive round trip on only 4 hours of sleep. As Garth & 
Tilden said in their 1963 Yosemite Butterflies book Papilio indra indra in that 
region tends to be most elusive and over the years I have only collected 15 or 
16 of that subspecies (many in not so good condition), once 3 in one day, more 
often one or none. They are not threatened or endangered. They are just hard to 
find, live on steep, rocky or rattlesnake infested difficult and dangerous 
terrain and are very difficult to capture. 

 I tried in 2 areas: first Pine Creek Canyon near Rovana where indra can occur 
at the base of steep sandy/rocky slopes with the host or in level grassy areas 
in sagebrush openings also below high hills which likely have adults. At 1:45 
PM with limited results I tried the south fork of Bishop Creek west of Bishop 
from about 7000' to 9000'. Both locations are in Inyo County , CA . No indra 
were seen at the latter locality. 

 I arrived in Pine Creek Canyon at 10:10 AM after leaving at 5 AM. No indra 
were seen in the canyon itself from the car and I chose the meadow locality 
further up since the site usually turns up an indra or two even though the 
habitat seems wrong, though last year failed to produce any there. I saw an 
indra there within 2 minutes of my arrival there, but it saw me and flew into a 
willow thicket. I decided to add a wet spot to the dirt road entering the 
meadow using my drinking water gallon bottle. Within 5-10 seconds an indra flew 
towards the wet spot and I netted the nice male easily. I added more water and 
a second indra appeared from the same route within a minute or two, but it saw 
me and disappeared on the other side of the tree where I was standing. But that 
was it, no more indra would be seen there. But the wet spot would attract 
dozens of Lupine and Glaucon Blues! 

 About 12:30 PM I was looking for indra in the canyon and stopped by Inyo 
National Forest Law Enforcement wondering if I was collecting for a hobby or a 
scientist doing research. While I have done research for Inyo National Forest 
by permit in 2004, this trip was totally for my own enjoyment and collection. 
The workers had the right to check me out, but unfortunately, it was right then 
that a huge indra, probably a female with reduced yellow bands and spot 
fluttered near me right in front of their vehicle and since there were as yet 
unresolved legal matters, I really had no opportunity to net it. So I had 4 
sightings of indra and sightings #1 and #3 may have been of the same 
individual. Conditions were dry, but better than in 2013. 


A list of butterflies seen, encountered or collected with some comments and 
localities: 

Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius): One seen south fork of Bishop Creek at 
near 9000' 

Northern or Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum): One seen spreading 
itself out on a rock by a wet spot at Table Mtn. (S. Fork Bishop Creek) 

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon): one seen at wet spot along Bishop Creek 
near 9000' 

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): Two with the preceding.
Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra near indra): See comments above, may have been 
more common earlier this season. 

Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii sisymbrii): South Fork Bishop Creek at 9000'. 
Collected as rarely seen in that area, at least not by me. 

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-Hwy 395, Pine Creek Canyon , S fork of 
Bishop Crk. It is highly likely some were actually Becker's Whites since past 
collecting here has confirmed beckerii regularly occurs here. 

Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii behrii): Pine Creek Canyon , only 1.
Echo Azure (Celastrina echo): S fork of Bishop Crk. to 9000'
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina): One male at mud above Pine Creek Canyon .
Glaucon Blue (Euphilotes glaucon australoglaucon): Extremely common at mud at 
the indra site. 

Langston's Blue (Euphilotes enoptes langstoni): Extremely common at the indra 
site away from the host-scarce in Pine Creek Canyon with the host, maybe 
because the plant bloom is going south. 

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides)  Above Pine Creek Canyon at mud.
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)-at same wet spot.
Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini probably argentata in the chlorina group). I took 
4 males, no females seen. 

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): Pine Creek Canyon , only 1.
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): saw 6-8 at various spots.
Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini): One seen above Pine Creek Canyon .
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) singletons Pine Creek Canyon and above at the indra 
wet spot. 

Queen (Danaus gilippus thersippus): 1 crossing Hwy. 395 just N of Big Pine.

 I did not stay long at Pine Creek Canyon . I failed to see any Sagebrush 
=Acastus Checkerspots, Field Crescents,or Western Tailed Blues. I may have seen 
a Large Marble above Table Mtn. I had hoped to find Edith's Checkerspot 
(Euphydryas editha monoensis) at south fork of Bishop Creek at 8300'. That was 
a long way to go for few butterflies. The male indra was in C+ or B condition 
but in some cases like this, I'll take it. I had no opportunity to net any of 
the others seen and a day of recreation far from home is expensive with above 
$4 a gallon gas. 



Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
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flutterflies93306 AT att.net 

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Subject: Quest for Indra Swallowtails
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 23:54:34 -0700
Everyone:

   I decided to take my only day off this week and drive all the way from
Bakersfield to Bishop in the hopes I could collect central-northern Sierra
Nevada Papilio indra near indra for my personal collection even though this
meant I would have to drive round trip on only 4 hours of sleep.  As Garth &
Tilden said in their 1963 Yosemite Butterflies book Papilio indra indra in
that region tends to be most elusive and over the years I have only
collected 15 or 16 of that subspecies (many in not so good condition), once
3 in one day, more often one or none.  They are not threatened or
endangered.  They are just hard to find, live on steep, rocky or rattlesnake
infested difficult and dangerous terrain and are very difficult to capture.

   I tried in 2 areas: first Pine Creek Canyon near Rovana where indra can
occur at the base of steep sandy/rocky slopes with the host or in level
grassy areas in sagebrush openings also below high hills which likely have
adults.  At 1:45 PM with limited results I tried the south fork of Bishop
Creek west of Bishop from about 7000' to 9000'.  Both locations are in Inyo
County, CA.  No indra were seen at the latter locality.

   I arrived in Pine Creek Canyon at 10:10 AM after leaving at 5 AM.  No
indra were seen in the canyon itself from the car and I chose the meadow
locality further up since the site usually turns up an indra or two even
though the habitat seems wrong, though last year failed to produce any
there.  I saw an indra there within 2 minutes of my arrival there, but it
saw me and flew into a willow thicket.  I decided to add a wet spot to the
dirt road entering the meadow using my drinking water gallon bottle.  Within
5-10 seconds an indra flew towards the wet spot and I netted the nice male
easily.  I added more water and a second indra appeared from the same route
within a minute or two, but it saw me and disappeared on the other side of
the tree where I was standing.  But that was it, no more indra would be seen
there.  But the wet spot would attract dozens of Lupine and Glaucon Blues!

   About 12:30 PM I was looking for indra in the canyon and stopped by Inyo
National Forest Law Enforcement wondering if I was collecting for a hobby or
a scientist doing research.  While I have done research for Inyo National
Forest by permit in 2004, this trip was totally for my own enjoyment and
collection.  The workers had the right to check me out, but unfortunately,
it was right then that a huge indra, probably a female with reduced yellow
bands and spot fluttered near me right in front of their vehicle and since
there were as yet unresolved legal matters, I really had no opportunity to
net it.  So I had 4 sightings of indra and sightings #1 and #3 may have been
of the same individual.  Conditions were dry, but better than in 2013.

 

A list of butterflies seen, encountered or collected with some comments and
localities:

Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius): One seen south fork of Bishop Creek at
near 9000'

Northern or Large White Skipper (Heliopetes ericetorum): One seen spreading
itself out on a rock by a wet spot at Table Mtn. (S. Fork Bishop Creek)

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon): one seen at wet spot along Bishop
Creek near 9000'

Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus): Two with the preceding.

Indra Swallowtail (Papilio indra near indra): See comments above, may have
been more common earlier this season.

Spring White (Pontia sisymbrii sisymbrii): South Fork Bishop Creek at 9000'.
Collected as rarely seen in that area, at least not by me.

Checkered White (Pontia protodice)-Hwy 395, Pine Creek Canyon, S fork of
Bishop Crk.  It is highly likely some were actually Becker's Whites since
past collecting here has confirmed beckerii regularly occurs here.

Behr's Hairstreak (Satyrium behrii behrii): Pine Creek Canyon, only 1.

Echo Azure (Celastrina echo): S fork of Bishop Crk. to 9000'

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina): One male at mud above Pine Creek Canyon.

Glaucon Blue (Euphilotes glaucon australoglaucon): Extremely common at mud
at the indra site.

Langston's Blue (Euphilotes enoptes langstoni): Extremely common at the
indra site away from the host-scarce in Pine Creek Canyon with the host,
maybe because the plant bloom is going south.

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides)  Above Pine Creek Canyon at mud.

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon)-at same wet spot.

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini probably argentata in the chlorina group).  I
took 4 males, no females seen.

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): Pine Creek Canyon, only 1.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): saw 6-8 at various spots.

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini): One seen above Pine Creek Canyon.

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) singletons Pine Creek Canyon and above at the
indra wet spot.

Queen (Danaus gilippus thersippus): 1 crossing Hwy. 395 just N of Big Pine.

 

   I did not stay long at Pine Creek Canyon.  I failed to see any Sagebrush
=Acastus Checkerspots, Field Crescents,or Western Tailed Blues. I may have
seen a Large Marble above Table Mtn.  I had hoped to find Edith's
Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha monoensis) at south fork of Bishop Creek at
8300'.  That was a long way to go for few butterflies.  The male indra was
in C+ or B condition but in some cases like this, I'll take it.  I had no
opportunity to net any of the others seen and a day of recreation far from
home is expensive with above $4 a gallon gas.

 

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 
For more information: http://www.tils-ttr.org
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Subject: Female Juniper Hairstreaks
From: "Nick Pardikes nickpardikes AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 15:07:06 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings,

My name is Nick Pardikes and I am a PhD student at the University of Nevada, 
Reno. I have posted previously to this listserve about help with collecting 
live, gravid "Juniper" Hairstreak females and had great success. Several of you 
sent females by mail or delivered them in person and I also received advice 
about possible locations to find populations around Reno. I want to thank you 
for the help and will be sure to acknowledge your help in the future. 


I am writing this email to remind the listserve that I am still accepting 
females if you find them in the field. I expect populations in the Great Basin 
in Nevada, California, and Oregon will start very soon and given that many of 
the pupa that were reared from the Austin, TX population are currently 
eclosing, a second flight should be starting in the southern populations of 
Texas, Arizona, Southern California, and New Mexico. 


I was not very clear about which "Juniper" Hairstreaks I will accept in my 
initial emails, but I wanted to clarify that here. This is a complex group, but 
I would accept the Muir's Hairstreak, Nelson's Hairstreak, and "Juniper" 
Hairstreaks (C. gryneus gryneus, C. gryneus siva, C. gryneus chalcosiva, C. 
gryneus loki, C. gryneus juniperaria, and C. gryneus ex-barryi). I am not sure 
if I forgot any, or if I added too many, but I want to stick with the western 
populations. Although Muir and Nelson do not feed on juniper in their home 
range (Nelson=Cedar, Muir=Cypress), previous work with these populations have 
shown them to successfully feed on Juniper foliage as well. 


Thanks in advance for your help and I will keep an eye on the butterfly 
sightings for any of these species. If you happen to know of locations or come 
across an abundance of individuals please don't hesitate to email me personally 
so that I might visit that location. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing 
from you. 


Cheers
Nick Pardikes

Nick Pardikes
PhD Candidate
Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology
University of Nevada
http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/npardikes/MySite/Welcome.html

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Subject: Re: ID Help Request - Grass Skipper from Hoi An Vietnam
From: "Pete Spino petespino8 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 21:11:48 -0700 (PDT)
cephrenes acalle oceanicus [plain palm dart]

Good pics as always Frank. As far as your skipper goes, although I've never
set foot in Vietnam, I have seen their like in Taiwan - mostly the Pale Palm 
Dart 

and the Dark Palm Dart. Otherwise known by some as the Pale Darter and 
Dark Darter.

This group is complex and hard to identify without examination with a 
microscope, 

which I don't have. Also the books I use for reference have the genus name of 
Telicota. Which is the correct one?

Pete Spino
San Diego


 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Subject: John Muir's Hairstreak having good flight
From: "zapjammer AT comcast.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 06:51:51 +0000 (UTC)
John, 

Spectacular news! Muir's' Juniper Hairstreak - Callophrys - Mitoura - muiri is 
one of the more interesting components in the Californian Juniper Hairstreak 
melange. We are fortunate that a) you were able to secure a nice series for 
science; and b) N.Pardike is able to do something with them. 


I personally would love to see an association with Cupressus. I am a bit 
envious! 


JPPelham 
Subject: John Muir's Hairstreak having good flight
From: "John Lane jlane AT fsgrassvalley.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 17:42:41 -0700
I refer here to the Sargent Cypress associated "Juniper Hairstreak" of 
California's North Inner Coast Range, whatever name you want to give it or 
taxonomic rank you want to assign it. 


Surprisingly, despite the drought, this uncommon butterfly is having a good 
flight at its normal flight period. I was able to easily collect twenty females 
for Nick Pardikes' lab experiments. (Recall the fellow from U of Nevada, Reno 
who asked our assistance obtaining females of this group). 


The location is Walker Ridge, just west of Bear Valley on the Williams-Lodoga 
to Bartlett Springs road, just over the Lake County line from Colusa County. 
Sargent Cypress grows in the canyon along the creek, for about a mile along the 
road. 

(McNab Cypress occurs nearby with the same butterfly.) 

John Lane
Grass Valley, CA 

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Subject: Idaho Speyeria
From: "'Norbert Kondla' nkondla AT telus.net [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 17:34:06 -0600
If anyone with a net is planning to spend field time in Idaho this summer,
please contact me off line. There are two species of Speyeria from that
region that I could use a few specimens of for dna sequencing ---

 

Norbert Kondla

Rimbey, Alberta

 
Subject: ID Help Request - Grass Skipper from Hoi An Vietnam
From: "fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 13:47:40 -0400 (EDT)
Hi Folks,
 
Now that I'm done [for now] with my massive set from SE Brazil, I am  
starting on a much smaller set taken in Cambodia and Vietnam in 
December-January 

2013-4. This was not a butterfly trip, so I had only very  limited time for 
that pursuit. I saw some very nice butterflies, but not a great  many.
 
I am having difficulty finding good online resources to assist with  the ID 
and that, of course, poses a problem when it comes to the Pierids and  
Hersperids. Here's a very nice grass skipper seen in Hoi An [Central Vietnam] 
on 

 December 26. I believe I saw both male...
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14211339881/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14191477906/
 
and female...
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14027971608/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/14191469176/
 
It is also possible that these are different species, though I doubt it.  
Both individuals were about the same size and very large for grass  skippers.
 
Any guidance would be appreciated.
 
Thanks,
Frank
Subject: Noble Canyon, San Diego
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 22:32:14 -0700
Hi all,

Went down Noble Canyon near Pine Valley today. My primary target today was 
Clemence's Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola). I collected it's egg in March and 
reared it. Adult emerged yesterday. So I suspected they have the second flight 
by now - which I was able to confirm. I think they have 2 or 3 broods between 
March and September in San Diego County, instead of 1 as written in many books. 


Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades indistinctus) - 1 torn & worn individual
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) - 4
Harford's Sulphur (Colias harfordii) - 20+
California Hairstreak (Satyrium californica californica) - 1 on Coffee-berry 
flower 

Boisduval Blue (Plebejus icarioides evius) - around Lupine
San Bernardino Blue (Euphilotes bernardino bernardino) - Some of them as large 
as Acmon Blue. Initially, I thought it was Dammers' Blue. 

Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo) - Very large size 2nd (?) generation.
Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon) - many, but less than Clemence's Blue.
Clemence's Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola) - many
Marine Blue (Leptotes marina) - many females laying eggs on Chamise flower 
buds. 

California Sister (Adelpha californica) - 2 mud puddling.
Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta) - 2
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 2

I have not seen Gabb's Checkerspot (Chlosyne gabbii) lately in this canyon. 
Usually they are abundant... 


Flowers are in good condition. Thistles are blooming, which should start 
attracting more butterflies. Happy to see mud puddling with lots of blues. 


Koji
San Diego
Subject: Butterflies of SE Brazil [Mainly Rio de Janeiro State] January 2014
From: "fsmodel AT aol.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 17:11:50 -0400 (EDT)
Hi Friends,  

I am finally done with my Brazil butterfly photos from January 2014, so  
here are 598 photos to ogle. 
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fsmodel/sets/72157644663518645/
 
Note there are still lots of photos of leps that have not been IDed,  
especially skippers [hesperid sp], satyrs [satyrid sp], and moths [moth sp],  
plus a handful of others. If anyone is so inclined, putting names to these 
[even  just genera] would be appreciated.
 
There are also doubtlessly still many ID errors and ID impossibilities.  
Corrections to any of these would also be welcome.
 
Sorry this took so long. For me, it always does. I really like to wallow in 
 the photos until the correct ID emerges, which is a long process,  
especially with unfamiliar neotropical species that like to mimic each other 
[even 

with all the help I have gotten].
 
My friends in Massachusetts will be interested to know it is in the  high 
90's today here in SoCal. But the humidity is a whopping 3%, so desiccation  
is a bigger worry than perspiration.
 
Happy ogling!
 
Cheers,
Frank
Subject: Upper Kern River and Sherman Pass Rd.
From: "'Kenneth Davenport' kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 22:18:57 -0700
Everyone:

   What a difference a week makes!  Warmer weather with sun is better than
lots of clouds and cold wind.  I went from about 8 species in a day (May
6th) to 34 species in a day and some of them were actually butterflies
people look for!  The day was a transect from Riverkern on the Kern-Tulare
County line to Ant Canyon (Tulare County), south of Limestone Camp and
Calkin's Flat (Tulare County) and from the Jct. of Mtn. 99 and the Sherman
Pass Rd. to Alder Creek lower and upper crossing at 6800', also Tulare
County.  There was no snow on Sherman Peak above 10,000' but some at Sherman
Pass.  I did not collect above the 6800' level, but I'll bet there were
butterflies up to 8000' not in this report.  Parnassians and P. indra occur
at upper Alder Creek but not today, May 13, 2014.  Alder Creek had major
flash floods and mud slides but there were 15 or 16 species of butterflies
there.  Today's list:

 

Sleepy Duskywing (Erynnis brizo lacustra): one hilltopping at about 5400'
off the Sherman Pass Rd.

Propertius Duskywing (Erynnis propertius): 1 at Alder Creek 6800'

 

Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius): common at Alder Creek 6800' and nearby
side ravines.  I took 5 vouchers, none were E. pacuvius lilius which also
occurs there.  I should show up there soon, Ceanothus is in bloom.

 

Juba Skipper (Hesperia juba) singletons from 2600' to 6800'

Rural Skipper (Ochlodes agricola nemorum): one seen along Kern River south
of Limestone Camp.

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon): One at Alder Creek 6800'

Checkered White (Pontia protodice): several lower Sherman Pass Rd. to 5800'

 

Large Marble (Euchloe ausonides ausonides) at 6000' blending into subspecies
transmontana at upper Alder Creek 6800'.  Very common, 50+  Drought at lower
levels and late rains do not appear to be affecting the flight of this
species!

 

Gray Marble (Anthocharis lanceolata lanceolata): Some seen at both lower and
upper Alder Creek Crossings 5680' and 6800' respectively.  I took 3 vouchers
at upper Alder Creek, they were unusually smaller than usual for the site.
Cold weather?

 

Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme): several observed.

Gorgon Copper (Lycaena gorgon gorgon): 2-3 at Ant Canyon and 1 south of
Limestone Canyon.

Hedge Row Hairstreak (Satyrium saepium): one on ridge above heliport near
Brush Creek.

Bramble Hairstreak (Callophrys dumetorum): one on Yerba santa above same
heliport.

Echo Azure (Celastrina echo echo): only seen at upper Alder Creek.

Marine Blue (Leptotes marina): 1 south of Limestone Camp.

 

Silvery Blue (G. lygdamus, lower elevation variety): These have replaced the
higher elevation unnamed Silvery Blue formerly common at upper Alder Creek,
possibly as a result of the 2002 fire and recent drought.

 

Boisduval's Blue (Plebejus icarioides icarioides X evius): Side Canyon off
Sherman Pass Rd. 4900' and several locations up to upper Alder Creek 6800'

 

Melissa Blue (Plebejus melissa paradoxa X inyoensis): 2 at Calkin's Flat at
5 PM.

Acmon Blue (Plebejus acmon): 2 phenotypes, those using legumes and those
using Calif. Buckwheat.

Lupine Blue (Plebejus lupini monticola): common up to 4900', on Calif.
Buckwheat.

 

VEINED BLUE (Plebejus neurona): the shocker of the day turned up in a grassy
area off the Kern River Rd. south of Limestone Camp at 4:30 PM.  It was very
large for a blue and very blackish.  When it got my first look after taking
it out of the net I thought it was a female Lupine Blue, then I saw orange
on the FW and thought it was a Melissa Blue, but when I opened the wing
slightly I saw what it really was.  This is a very uncommon blue in this
area...Sherman Pass Rd. is its known northern limit in the Sierra and this
spot is only a mile south of Sherman Pass Rd.

 

Northern Checkerspot (Chlosyne palla): less common than normal at lower
elevations but commoner from 4300' to even 6800'.

 

Leanira Checkerspot (Chlosyne leanira leanira X wrighti X alma):  Only 1
seen south of Limestone after 4 PM, none seen there at 11 AM.  Normal nectar
sources are not doing well so I was surprised to find about a dozen
hilltopping on the ridge 11:45-12:30 PM above the Brush Creek heliport after
finding none at all at last years hot spots in Dry Creek Canyon and the
beginning of the road to Brush Creek.  Most were males and several were on
windward slopes below the ridges or hilltops and most were in good
condition.  Last year, I found none on that hill, but they were there in
2012.  Leanira do move around depending on conditions.  Most leanira were
perching on low Ceanothus plants.  A female was taken nectaring on Yerba
santa on a hilltop.

 

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta mylitta): several, most common upper
Alder Creek 6800'

 

Field Crescent (Phyciodes pulchella AKA campestris, both black and orange
phenotypes).  1 near lower Alder Creek 5700' but common upper Alder Creek
6800'

 

Chalcedon Checkerspot (Euphydryas chalcedona near olancha): Much scarcer
than usual in drought stricken lower elevations but more common Dry Creek
Canyon and even to upper Alder Creek at 6800'

 

Edith's Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha): None found at lower levels where
usually found but one large and unusual editha was taken along upper Alder
Creek 6800'.  The late rains have apparently impacted this species flights
at lower elevations.  This editha (apparently a female) looks like no known
editha subspecies.  And neither have the few others I have taken at this
locality.

 

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa): 1 at upper Alder Creek

Milbert's Tortoiseshell (Aglais milberti subpallida): 1 fresh individual at
upper Alder Creek

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui): fortunately, not too many.  These can be
distracting!

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini lorquini): 1 at Dry Creek Canyon

California Sister (Adelpha california) singletons in side canyon 4900' and
upper Alder Creek 6800'

California Ringlet (Coenonympha california (tullia complex) california)
common south of Limestone Camp and maybe even more common at 6800' in the
upper Alder Creek area.

Monarch (Danaus plexippus): 1 seen at Riverkern 5:30 PM

 

Notes: Oddly, no Pale or Western Tiger Swallowtails, Cabbage Whites, Spring
Whites may have been seen and confused with lanceolata or ausonides.  I may
have seen a Brown Elfin, Arrowhead Blue, 

Zephyr Anglewing, and Funereal Duskywing but could not make a definite ID
from my vantage points.

   It appears flights of butterflies at higher elevations above 6000' in the
Sherman Pass region will do well, but lack of snowpack may result in very
early flights.  Most of the slopes with dogbane at upper Alder Creek are
gone.  The slopes slid down the mountain.  Floods washed down lots of dead
trees and cut a deeper channel in Alder Creek, the former shallow stream is
now a series of larger and deeper pools of water. Ditto for other streams
and canyons. There must have been very heavy rains but the road is undamaged
and the road over Sherman Pass to Kennedy Meadows is open.  So is the road
going to Big Meadow on the Kern Plateau.  In fact that road has been opened
for about 2 months!

 

Best Wishes, Ken Davenport
kdavenport93306 AT yahoo.com or flutterflies93306 AT att.net 



 
Subject: Re: Dictionary Hill, San Diego
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 00:00:32 -0700 (PDT)
E. c. chalcedona has also completely disappeared from many places where it used 
to be abundant here in the SF Bay Area. Obviously, this species is not okay. I 
wonder what's wrong with it...? 


Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA
On Sunday, May 11, 2014 11:50 PM, "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp 
[SoWestLep]"  wrote: 

  
  
Hi all,

Spent couple of hours at Dictionary Hill (Spring Valley), San Diego today.

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) - about 10.  Most of them were fresh
Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 2
Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia virgulti virgulti) - 1
Comstock's Fritillary (Speyeria callippe comstocki) - 3, looks like they are 
just starting their season. 

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 2, non-migrating, fresh ones.

I've been checking this hill this year to see if I can find Chalcedon 
Checkerspot. In 1966, Shields reported finding 31 Chalcedon Checkerspot in 80 
min around this time of the year. I've been checking this hill few times this 
year, but so far I found no Chalcedon Checkerspot. As matter of fact, I have 
found only one Chalcedon Checkerspot in my last 12 years in San Diego County 
(not to be confused with the desert subspecies, Henne's Checkerspot [Euphydryas 
chalcedona hennei], which is very common in eastern part of the county). Much 
rare than Quino Checkerspot. Looking at San Diego Natural History Museum 
collection, it seems they were very common in San Diego back then. 


Does anybody know good spot(s) for Chalcedon Checkerspot (E. chalcedona 
chalcedona) in San Diego County? I know they are abundant in rest of CA, but 
feels like they are almost gone from San Diego County. 


Koji
San Diego

  
 
Subject: Dictionary Hill, San Diego
From: "Kojiro Shiraiwa whiterock AT bekkoame.ne.jp [SoWestLep]" <SoWestLep@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 23:50:45 -0700
Hi all,

Spent couple of hours at Dictionary Hill (Spring Valley), San Diego today.

Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) - about 10.  Most of them were fresh
Checkered White (Pontia protodice) - 2
Behr's Metalmark (Apodemia virgulti virgulti) - 1
Comstock's Fritillary (Speyeria callippe comstocki) - 3, looks like they are 
just starting their season. 

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - 2, non-migrating, fresh ones.

I've been checking this hill this year to see if I can find Chalcedon 
Checkerspot. In 1966, Shields reported finding 31 Chalcedon Checkerspot in 80 
min around this time of the year. I've been checking this hill few times this 
year, but so far I found no Chalcedon Checkerspot. As matter of fact, I have 
found only one Chalcedon Checkerspot in my last 12 years in San Diego County 
(not to be confused with the desert subspecies, Henne's Checkerspot [Euphydryas 
chalcedona hennei], which is very common in eastern part of the county). Much 
rare than Quino Checkerspot. Looking at San Diego Natural History Museum 
collection, it seems they were very common in San Diego back then. 


Does anybody know good spot(s) for Chalcedon Checkerspot (E. chalcedona 
chalcedona) in San Diego County? I know they are abundant in rest of CA, but 
feels like they are almost gone from San Diego County. 


Koji
San Diego



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