Archive for May, 2008

Cushion Buckwheat “Eriogonum ovalifolium var. depressum”

Friday, May 9th, 2008


Cushion Buckwheat “Eriogonum ovalifolium var. depressum” Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae).  Perennial, plant 2-8″ tall, leaves more than 1.5 times as long as wide and greener on the upper side, flowers white fading to rose with age.  Midsummer in gravelly areas at high elevations in Eastern Or. & Wa.

Photo:  Steens Mt. in S.E. Or. 7/12/2006   © 2006 mkellar

Subalpine Mariposa Lily “Calochortus subalpinus”

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008


Subalpine Mariposa Lily “Calochortus subalpinus” Lily Family (Liliacea) Perennial bulb, plant 4-8″ tall, flowers, white and hairy with purple markings.  Midsummer in the higher elevations in the Cascade Mts. of Or. & Wa. 

Photo:  Cone Peak near Sweet Home Or. 6/4/2007   © 2007 mkellar

Rancher’s Tiger Moth “Platyprepia virginalis”

Monday, May 5th, 2008


Cousin Larry Rea and I were looking for butterflies and found this caterpillar chomping on a White Leaf Lupine “Lupinus albifrons” Pea Family (Fabaceae).  This is probably a Rancher’s Tiger Moth “Platyprepia virginalis” and the color bands are the opposite of the common Wooly Bear Caterpillar (Isabella Tiger Moth “Pyrrharctia isabella”) and it is more “hairy”.  You never know what you are going to see when you go a sauntering.
Comments from a much more knowledgable source:  “I’m not 100% sure, but it looks like Platyprepia, possibly Platyprepia virginalis. Apparently, they over winter as caterpillars, feed on herbs and grasses in wet meadows, and complete development by June.”

Photo:  Deschutes River Canyon near Maupin, Or. 4/19/08.   © 2008 mkellar