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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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
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” 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