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  •  Late snow? (8+ / 0-)

    If so, how might it affect the butterflies?

    Still seeing Mourning Cloaks here, but they're beginning to look ragged. I'd never thought about spring/summer butterfly succession before being part of this group and reading your reports. This year I'll be watching with new eyes.

    Just as the Mourning Cloaks began to appear I spotted a similarly sized butterfly in the open woods near a boggy place in the Forest. Only twice, and neither time did the darned thing land so I could get a good look or a photo. Brown and darker brown with irregular wing margins even though they didn't appear worn. The closest one in my only and somewhat limited insect guide suggests that it might have been a tortoiseshell of some variety, perhaps a California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica). The range map and flight date info at Butterflies and Moths of North America don't rule out the possibility.

    See what you've done? Thanks!

    I came for the politics and stayed for the science.

    by bwren on Thu May 02, 2013 at 05:06:17 PM PDT

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