Alemany Farm - Best SF Spot for Butterflies

In 2007 when I combed the city in search of what butterflies still bred here, I wandered into this place on the backside of the Mission District. This piece of land I later learned was to be included in the Natural Areas division of SF Rec & Parks. It has one of the few natural springs in the city. It was ultimately saved by turning it into an educational farm for kids. It was either in 2007, or perhaps 2009 when I repeated my field work, that I had a memorable day here: 18 species in one day. More than half the known butterflies for the county. I set out this day to see if I could repeat that.
One can drop in from above down a public walkway where Murray St. intersects Crescent Ave. Always have Cm. Checkered-Skippers ( P. communes ) along the weedy summit and Anise Swallowtails ( P. zelicaon ) on the radish. What is great about this place for butterflies is it's both weedy and native, both high and low in topography and a plethora of nectar sources. What I wasn't expecting was the Hooded Oriole ( I. cucullatus) perched beautifully before me in the Eucalyptus. This new Powerpoint camera is definitely revealing birds to me in a new way - a subject for some reason I have not really clicked with.
Species seen this day:
1) Western Tiger ( P. rutulus )
2) Anise Swallowtail ( P. zelicaon )
3) Cabbage White ( P. rapae )
4) Gulf Fritillary ( A. vanillae ) * Most solid pop. in county to observe. Spring is

completely surrounded by host: Passiflora sp.
5) West Coast Lady ( V. annabella)
6) Painted Lady ( V. cardui )
7) Field Crescent ( P. puchella )
8) Mylitta Crescent ( P. campestris )
9) Red Admiral ( V. atalanta )
10) Echo Blue ( C. l. echo)
11) Sandhill Skipper ( P. sabuleti )
12) Fiery Skipper ( H. phyleus )
13) Umber Skipper ( P. melane )
14) Cm. Checkered-Skipper ( P. communis )
Total: 14 species. Not quite the record, but a pretty swell showing for San Francisco.

Anotado por robberfly robberfly, 31 de mayo de 2014 a las 02:34 PM

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Mariposa Almirante Rojo (Vanessa atalanta)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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In 2009, I had 16 species in one day at a place called Alemany Farm. Since we only have approx. 34 breeding species in our small county, I set out to see if I could repeat it...

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Vanesa Occidental (Vanessa annabella)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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Mariposa Cometa (Papilio zelicaon)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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I'm excited to explore non-pretty butterfly photography. Freakish angles, yet still just enough fields marks to i.d.

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Saltarina de Tablero Común (Burnsius communis)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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Mariposa Azul Mexicana (Celastrina echo)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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It was quite interesting to watch them using a blackberry bramble like a lek. On the Toyon as well, but using the vine in a way I'd never noticed...

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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Explosion of these all over the Farm today...

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Mariposa Blanca de la Col (Pieris rapae)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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Many all over the cabbage rows...

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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I discovered this disjunct population out here years back. Must be enough Saltgrass around the spring to sustain population.

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Mariposa Pasionaria Motas Blancas (Dione vanillae)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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Scary to see half of the massive Passiflora round the spring died off. I asked a volunteer if they were trying to kill it. No, she said - the last frost. Interesting.

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Saltarina de la Sombra (Lon melane)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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A scattered showing of theses on-the-wing today...

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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Most I'd ever seen here. More males than females...

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Mariposa Luna Occidental (Phyciodes mylitta)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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One of the few places in SF that one can see our two Phyciodes species together....

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Saltarina Encendida (Hylephila phyleus)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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Couldn't find these guys at first. Usually in-between the vegetable rows. Then, after lunch, they were everywhere...

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Vanesa Pintada (Vanessa cardui)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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14 !!! Two short of my record day here. So close. Still proves to be the best spot for Butterflies in San Francisco. A nice dry run for the SF Butterfly Count next month on the 15th.

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Calandria Dorso Negro Menor (Icterus cucullatus)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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Breath-taking color.

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Polilla del Encino (Phryganidia californica)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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I think this was a first to see them here. They've planted lots of oak trees since I last went a year back...

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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"Thick-headed Fly" Cool to end the day on a new bug-for-me. I love what the guide said: " Victims of thick-headed flies off little or no resistance to being caught. They are heal captive during the short flight while the egg is being attached."

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Mariposa Cometa (Papilio zelicaon)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014 11:16 AM PDT

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4th instar...

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Mariposa Cometa (Papilio zelicaon)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014 11:16 AM PDT

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3rd instars...

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Jilguerito Dominico (Spinus psaltria)

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robberfly

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Mayo 26, 2014

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What an amazing find and place to visit ! Thanks for the info.

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