Showy Milkweed “Asclepias speciosa” Milkweed Family (Asclepiadaceae) Perennial, Plant 1-4′ tall, flowers pinkish-purple. Blooms summer in dry open areas throughout Or and Eastern Wa. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on this plant but many varieties enjoy the nectar. The butterfly is a Pale Swallowtail “Papillio eurymedon”. Photo: Near Hog Creek, Grant County, OR 7/14/2006
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Killdeer “Charadrius vociferus” Length 10″, wing span 24”, weight 3 ounces. The two dark bands across the breast are the unique identifying characteristic. These birds lay their eggs in gravel and perform a “broken wing” display to lead potential predators away from their nest. Photo: Near Burn’s, Or 7/02/2009
Green Banded Mariposa Lily “Calochortus macrocarpus” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, Scaly bulb, 8-18″ tall, large showy flowers with a green band on the underside of the petals. Single grass-like leaf that withers as the plant blooms. Dry open prairie in Eastern Or. & Wa. Photo: Steen’s Mt in S.E. Oregon 7/3/2009
Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”, These birds are widespread throughout the U.S.and are often seen flying in the evening while catching insects. Unlike most other birds, nighthawks perch parallel to the limbs or wires. Coloration blends well with their perch, Length 9″, wingspan 24″. Photo: Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, Or. 7/2/2009
Pileated Woodpecker “Dryocopus pileatus” Length 16.5″, wingspan 29″, weight 10 oz. Long necked, broad-winged, and long-tailed with prominent crest. The females have red feathers on the back half of their heads and lack the “red lipstick” line that parallels below the white band across the face that is a characteristic of males. Photo: Mt Emily near LaGrande, Or. 7/17/2009
Juniper Hairstreak “Mitoura grynea” Wingspan 7/8 to 1″ The brown-violet area on the hind wing. Also called Cedar Hairstreak and the butterflies lay their eggs on cedars and junipers in both Eastern and Western Oregon and the caterpillars are green and white. Photo: Steens Mt in S.E. Oregon on 7/5/2009 P.S. Not my finger.