Archive for August, 2012

Western Branded Skipper “Hesperia colorado”

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Western Branded Skipper ‘Hesperia colorado”  Wingspan less than 1.5″.  Skippers are a group of butterflies that have relatively short wings and clubbed antennas.  Nectaring on Rabbit Bush   Photo:  Near Seneca, OR 7/29/2012

Dark Wood Nymph “Cercyonis oetus”

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Dark Wood Nymph “Cercyonis oetus”  Wing span approx 1.75″.  Upper eyespot much larger than the lower spot.  Found in the Cascades and in Eastern OR and WA.   Photo;  Nectaring on Rabbit Bush near Seneca, OR 7/29/2012.

White-faced Meadowhawk “Sympetrum obtrusum”

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

White-faced Meadowhawk “Sympetrum obtrusum” Length approx 1.5″.  Male with red eyes, brown thorax, and red abdomen.  Females have red-brown eyes, brown thorax and brown abdomen.   This male has many small red cherry-like parasitic mites  on its thorax.  Photo: Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge just south of Mt Adams, WA  8/24/2012.

Great Basin Wood Nymph “Cercyonis sthenele”

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Great Basin Wood Nymph “Cercyonis sthenele”  Wing span less than 2″ Lower eyespot somewhat smaller.   Found in Eastern OR and WA and in the Siskiyous of S.W. OR.  Photo:   Nectaring on Rabbit Bush near Seneca, OR 7/29/2012 

Common Cat-tail “Typha latifolia”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012


Common Cat-tail “Typha latifolia” Cat-Tail Family (Typhaceae)  Perennial, plant 3-8′ tall, brown spike up to 10″ long with male flowers in the upper section and female flowers in the lower part.  Blooms in early summer in shallow quiet or slow moving water throughout OR & WA.  Top Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA  8-11-2012 and Low Photo Near Rainier, OR  8-28-2008

Dyers polypore “Phaeolus schweinitzii”

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Dyer’s polypore “Phaeolus schweinitzii”  Cap up to 12″ diameter, stalk up to 2″ if present.  Cap yellow-orange turning rusty-brown with age. Flesh soft with with matted hairs.  Found on dead wood on the ground or at the base of conifers trees.   Collected to produce dye for wool. Photo: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 8/16/2012

Spotted Spreadwing “Lestes congener”

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Spotted Spreadwing “Lestes congener” The body of this damselfly is approx 1.5″ long and the hind wing is approx 1.0″  Males have blue eyes and the female eyes are brown.  Found throughout OR & WA Photo: Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 8/16/2012  

Common Wood Nymph “Cercyonis pegala”

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Common Wood Nymph “Cercyonis pegala”  Wing span approx 2″ Found throughout OR & WA. Top Photo:   Nectaring on Rabbit Bush at Malheur Field Station near Burns, OR 7/29/2012 and Lower Photo: On Chinquapin at Grizzly Peak near Ashland, OR 9/06/2010

Black Tailed Jackrabbit “Lepus californicus”

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012




























Black Tailed Jackrabbit “Lepus californicus”   Length about 2 feet and weighs 3 to 6 pounds. Common in Eastern OR and WA.  Population estimates are approximately one per acre.  Photo:  Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, OR  7/29/2012 & 3/14/2012

Ruddy Copper “Lycaena rubida”

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Ruddy Copper “Lycaena rubida” Wingspan approx 1.25″.  The lower side of the wing is quite pale with black spots.  the upper surface is a bright red-orange in males and more subdued in females.  Found in Eastern Or & WA.  Photo:  Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, OR 7/29/2012