Sunday, August 9, 2015

young butterflies

 Suddenly there are Commas and Mourning cloaks around again.
I assume these are newly emerged butterflies, that will soon over winter and sleep over till next spring
green comma
August 7 2015
in my yard.
So Oct 4 2015, one Mourning cloak came out again.
And March 31,2016 both were out, half a dozen of them around the next few days.
looking a little tattered but having made it it through winter.
is it the hoary comma?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Arctic Blue

Agriades gladon
In the alpine on our very own only true Yukon aster, Aster alpines
Dragon mountain, July 10 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Anicia Checkerspot

May 29, 2015
Mendenhall meadows
Euphydryas anicia


possibly a Chrycus Arctic
Oeneis chryxus

 first two photos two Arctics in the yard.

Later that day a different Arctic in the forest. is it just a different Chrycus Arctic or is it a Jutta Arctic

May 29, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hoary Elfin

On the second lowest shorelin of Ancient Lake Champagne, cloes to mendenhall subdivision
May 11, 2015

Hoary Elfin
Callophrys polia
food plant ; kinnikinnick

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mourning Cloak

 Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa
On the road here, April 20, 2015
2 Mourning cloaks mating, they did so for a long time, i watched them for an hour, i left before they did, most of the time they were standing totally still, by the way they braced their feet you could see they were alive. At one pointed the left one moved his/her foot and a few second later moved her/his wings slightly another few seconds it opened it's wings and left them open for a few minutes. 

I have looked out for the first Mourning Cloak of the season for a long time.
1998 - April 16
1999 - April 16
2000 - April 21
2005 - April 22
2009 - April 25
2010 - April 16
2011 - April 23
2015 - April 20

Another Comma

I suspect it is a green comma
The road here,
April 19 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


A gray or hoary comma, maybe
Sept 13, 2014
Arch mnt.
And another one here in the yard on September 15, 2014