Mitchell Canyon Trail/Mount Diablo State Park, CA.

I've been eager to get over here to see the last of the spring butterflies I missed and the wildflowers I'm learning. One of the Top Five Bay Area Butterfly Walks. 7 miles to Deer Flats and back, I saw this day:

1) Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail (P. multicaudata)
* largest butterfly in the U.S.
2) Western Tiger ( P. rutulus)
3) Pale Tiger ( P. eurymedon )
4) Cabbage White ( P. napae )
5) Orange Sulpur ( C. eurytheme )
6) Sara Orangetip ( A. sara )
7) California Sister ( A. californica )
8) Lorquin's Admiral ( L. limentis )
9) Satyr Anglewing ( P. satyrus )
10) California Tortoiseshell ( N. californica )
11) Northern Checkerspot ( C. palla )
12) Variable Checkerspot ( E. chalcedona )
13) Leanira Checkerspot ( C. leanira )
14) Mylitta's Crescent ( P. mylitta )
15) Field Crescent ( P. pulchella )
16) Common Buckeye ( J. coenia )
17) Callippe Silverspot ( S. c. comstocki )
16) California Ringlet ( C. tullia californica )
17) Echo Blue ( C. l. echo )
18) Acmon Blue ( P. acmon )
19) Gorgon Copper ( L. gorgona )
20) California Hairstreak ( S. californicus )
21) Gray Hairstreak ( S. melinus )
22) Hedgerow Hairstreak ( S. saepium )
23) Brown Elfin ( I. augustinus )
24) Mournful Duskywing ( E. tristis )
25) Propertius Duskywing ( E. propertius )
26) Rural Skipper ( O. agricola )
27) Umber Skipper ( P. melane )

Posted by robberfly robberfly, May 15, 2013 04:59

Observations

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What

Northern Checkerspot Chlosyne palla

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 11:29 AM PDT

Description

I know this trail so well - they appeared exactly where I remembered them....

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What

California Hairstreak Satyrium californica

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 12:17 PM PDT

Description

Fantastic species. Usually always seen on this trail.

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Lorquin's Admiral Limenitis lorquini

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 11:33 AM PDT

Description

A pleasure to watch this glorious percher - not found in San Francisco County.

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What

California Sister Adelpha californica

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 12:26 PM PDT

Description

Found a glorious spot to watch creekside mud-puddling.

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Gorgon Copper Tharsalea gorgon

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 11:34 AM PDT

Description

These guys are usually found higher up beyond Deer Flats. They appeared much lower today...

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Rural Skipper Ochlodes agricola

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 12:08 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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Satyr Comma Polygonia satyrus

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 11:54 AM PDT

Description

Beautiful, fresh one near it Stinging Nettle host.

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Sara Orangetip Anthocharis sara

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 12:04 PM PDT

Description

FINALLY hit this species. Usually see it on the early counts, but this early spring made me nervous...

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What

Purple Chinese Houses Collinsia heterophylla

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 12:35 PM PDT

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Mount Diablo Fairy-Lantern Calochortus pulchellus

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 2013

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Jeweled Onion Allium serra

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 12:55 PM PDT

Description

I need help here, Ken-ichi...

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Leanira Checkerspot Chlosyne leanira

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 01:15 PM PDT

Description

Took me three seasons when I began this decades ago to find this. Today I hit the height of the flight with more than ever.

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What

Wind Poppy Papaver heterophyllum

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 01:36 PM PDT

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Stonecrops Genus Sedum

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 01:42 PM PDT

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California Whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris ssp. mundus

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 01:43 PM PDT

Description

Couldn't believe my luck. Just basking there.
Watched him later when I came back down the trail chase another one off...

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Black-tailed Bumble Bee Bombus melanopygus

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 02:06 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 12:26 PM PDT

Description

One of the few I can I.D...

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Western Hoptree Ptelea crenulata

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 01:39 PM PDT

Description

Host tree for Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail

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Butterfly Mariposa Lily Calochortus venustus

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 02:06 PM PDT

Description

Who doesn't love seeing these guys?

Photos / Sounds

What

Two-tailed Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata

Observer

robberfly

Date

May 14, 2013 12:30 PM PDT

Description

Only place to truly observe this - the largest butterfly in the U.S. - up close when it comes to mud. Flies high in the canopy

Comments

what an amazing day you had!

Posted by taogirl over 8 years ago (Flag)

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