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Western Elfin

Callophrys augustinus, the brown elfin, is butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from Newfoundland north and west through the northern United States and the prairie provinces to Alaska. To the south, it ranges in Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia and northern Alabama, further south through the western mountains to northern Baja California in Mexico. Subspecies iroides is known as the western elfin. <from Wikipedia> Western Brown Elfin from Wiley lake […]

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Painted Lady

The Painted Lady is one of the most familiar butterflies in the world, found on nearly all continents and climates. They are a favourite subject of study in elementary school classrooms and are a familiar visitor to most landscape gardens. As common as they are, though, painted ladies have some interesting attributes, as these 10 […]

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Pale Swallowtail

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon), photo Andy Vine, June 28, 2020, May’s Garden, Mansons Landing Papilio eurymedon, the Pale Swallowtail or Pallid Swallowtail, is a relatively common swallowtail butterfly found throughout much of western North America. It is found on the Pacific coast from northern Baja California to southernmost British Columbia, and inland to New Mexico and […]

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Cedar Hairstreak

Cedar Hairstreak (Callophyrs gryneus ssp. plicataria) spotted by Tanya Rankin, May 19, 2020, on Bayview Road in Whaletown. Cedar Hairstreak is similar to Johnson’s Hairstreak but smaller. Johnson’s Hairstreak is red-listed but it’s also rare. There is a slim chance of seeing it but it mostly occurs around old-growth stands of hemlock. It is seen […]

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Mourning Cloak

How long do butterflies live? For most, the answer is “not very long,” after what may have been many months as an egg, caterpillar, and chrysalis. For the mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), however, life as a butterfly can stretch over an entire year. Mourning cloaks spend the winter in hibernation, under bark for example, and […]

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Milbert’s Tortoiseshell

The Milbert’s tortoiseshell, sighted by 7-year-old Daleia who thinks it should be called the “cat-face butterfly” for the appearance of cat’s eyes on its wings, was sighted on Sutil Point road, just past Siskin Lane, May 2020. Reported by Jodi Peters, 12 May 2020. Aglais milberti, the fire-rim tortoiseshell or Milbert’s tortoiseshell, is considered the only species of the […]

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