California Desert Butterflies

Heath, Fred fred.heath at
Tue Mar 10 22:25:00 EST 1998

        I hate to do this to you folks in the Mid-west who just got buried 
     in a few feet of snow, but the LA NABA chapter had it's annual outing 
     to Anza-Borrego State Park (San Diego County, California) this 
     weekend and had 28 butterfly species. The numbers weren't high        
     except for Painted Lady which was everywhere. 
        Butterflies seen were:
     Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), Becker's White (Pontia 
     beckerii), Desert Orangetip (Anthocharis cethura), Sara Orangetip (A. 
     sara), Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae), Dainty Yellow (Nathalis 
     iole), Queen Alexandra's Sulphur (Colias alexandra), Southern 
     Dogface(Colias cesonia), Sleepy Orange (Eurema nicippe), Great Purple 
     Hairstreak(Atlides halesus), Acmon Blue(Plebejus acmon), Ceraunus 
     Blue(Hemiargus ceraunus), Marine Blue(Leptotes marina), Silvery 
     Blue(Glaucopsyche lygdamus), Sonoran Blue(Philotes sonorensis), 
     Western Pymgy Blue(Brephidium exile), Mormon Metalmark(Apodemia mormo 
     deserti), Wright's Metalmark (Calephelis wrighti), Variable (Henne) 
     Checkerspot(Euphydryas chalcedona henne), California Patch (Chlosyne 
     californica), Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), Painted 
     Lady(Vannessa cardui), West  Coast Lady (V. annabella), Monarch(Danaus 
     plexippus), Queen(D. gilippus), Orange Skipperling(copaeodes 
     aurantiacus), Common Checkered Skipper(Pyrgus communis), Funereal 
     Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis). 

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