Archive for the ‘Butterflies’ Category

Showy Milkweed “Asclepias speciosa”

Sunday, March 15th, 2015


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

Satyr Anglewing and Annual False Dandelion

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015


Satyr Anglewing, Wingspan 2 inches, feasting on an Annual False Dandelion  “Agoseris heterophylla” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Photo:  Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, Or. 6/16/2008

Mourning Cloak “Nymphalis antiopa”

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014



Juniper Hairstreak “Mitoura grynea”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


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.

Monarch “Danaus plexippus”

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Monarch “Danaus plexippus”  Wingspan 3.5 – 3.75″.  This might look like just another butterfly to you but it is my first Monarch!  The colors are somewhat muted because it has been immobilized in a glassine envelope and was eventually released.  The conspicuous white dots on the body allow the birds to recognize this butterfly.  Their caterpillars hatch on milkweed and eating the leaves of that plant causes the butterfly to be toxic to birds.   Photo:  Roaring Springs just south of Frenchglen in S.E. OR  7/05/2009

Fritillary Butterfly

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I believe this is a Hydaspe Fritillary but fritillary identification can be challenging. Wing span approximately two inches. Photo: Maury Mountains south of Post, Or 7/25/2014

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Great Arctic “Oeneis nevadensis”

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Great Arctic “Oeneis nevadensis”  Wing span less than 2.5 inches. Range;  Cascade Mountains and into Canada.  Photo: Chiwaukum Creek near Leavenworth, WA 7/09/2012

Milbert Tortoise Shell Buttterfly

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Milbert’s Tortoise Shell “Nymphalis milberti” Wingspan is less than two inches. Found throughout Oregon and Washington in areas where stinging nettles grow. This butterfly is sipping nectar on aa Gray Rubberbrush “Ericamereia nauseous”. Photo: Summer Lake, Oregon 7/12/2014
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Lorquin’s Admiral “Limenitis lorquini var itelkae”

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


Lorquin’s Admiral “Limenitis lorquini var. itelkae”  Wing span 2-2.5″.   Found throughout OR & WA.  Upper Photo:  Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge near Mt Adams, OR,  Middle Photo:  Upper Table Rock near Medford, OR 9/03/2010 & Lower Photo:  Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns,OR  7/04/2009

Pale Swallowtail “Papilio eurymedon”

Sunday, December 29th, 2013


Pale Swallowtail “Papilio eurymedon”   Wingspan approximately 3″  Found throughout OR and WA.  Top Photo: Near Baby Foot Lake on a Snowy Thistle “Cirsium occidentale” near Selma, OR in S.E. OR 7/07/2011.. Lower Photo: Near Rainier OR on a butterfly bush”Buddleia” in my yard OR 7/22/2009