Pinnacles Butterfly Count - My 10th Year

I actually told my friend Paul Johnson a decade ago that he should start a count there with all the cool things flying there. When I first met Paul he was the on-site herpetologist working on Red-legged Frog reintroduction, and to say he was "getting into butterflies" was an understatement: he'd talked the National Monument into it's first moth inventory and he's actually discovered a new sphingid-to-science ( DNA still being worked out). Ten years later, he is THE wildlife biologist for the place and it's a National Park now. It's always VERY HOT in this zeric place, but worth it.
iNat made it difficult to just focus on butterflies, but Pinnacles always kicks off the count season ( 4 weeks prior/after 4th of July ).
Driving towards the campsite, I watched a magnificent Bobcat saunter across road: a treat to gaze on such an illusive creature.
Walked with my friend Bill Shepard and an intern working on the Condors there, Nathan Peeling. Butterflies my group saw this day -
SOUTH WILDERNESS TRAIL 9am - 2:30pm ( only got to 95 degrees...)
1) Western Tiger ( P. rutulus )
2) Checkered White ( P. protodice )
3) Orange Sulfur ( C. eurytheme )
4) California Sister ( A. californicus )
5) Lorquin's Admiral ( L. limentis )
6) Variable Checkerspot ( E. chalcedona ) - only six/ crazy low #
7) Mylitta Crescent ( P. mylitta )
8) Common Buckeye ( J. coenia )
9) Callippe Fritillary ( S. callippe ssp.maracria )
It really was a day for the Lycaenids ...
10) Hedgerow Hairstreak ( S. saepium ) - a bizillion
11) California Hairstreak ( S. californica )
12) Brown Elfin ( I. augustinus )
13) Great Gray Copper ( L. xanthoides ) - a bizillion
14) Tailed Copper ( L. arota )
15) Gorgon Copper ( L. gorgon)
16) Echo Blue ( C. ladon)
17) Acmon Blue ( P. acmon )
18) San Bernadino Blue ( E. battoides bernadino ) - a bizillion
19) California Ringlet ( C. tullia )
20) Great Basin Wood Nymph ( C. sthenele ) - two/ very cool
21) Rural Skipper ( O. agricola )
22) Large White Skipper ( H. ericetorum) Bug-of-the-Day by far. Not in number but just seeing this rare bushmallow obligate.

Anotado por robberfly robberfly, 04 de junio de 2013 a las 12:05 AM

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robberfly

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Junio 1, 2013 11:42 AM PDT

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First of the season. Watched a female ovipositing on the gooseberry next day.
males perch like photo.

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robberfly

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Junio 1, 2013 12:03 PM PDT

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The San Bernadino Blue. The Pinnacles Count usually has the National High in this species. Gives Pygmy Blues a run as "smallest in USA" title.

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Hierba de Fuego (Heliotropium curassavicum)

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robberfly

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Junio 1, 2013 01:50 PM PDT

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Great butterfly nectar source.

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Mariposa Sedosa Azul de California (Icaricia acmon)

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robberfly

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Junio 1, 2013 01:55 PM PDT

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Tough day of keying - all the Lycaenids really worn...

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robberfly

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Junio 1, 2013 02:19 PM PDT

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 10:28 AM PDT

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Avispas-hormiga de Terciopelo (Género Dasymutilla)

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 09:31 AM PDT

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My friend said it was a male cuz of the wings. Spectacular creature! Stunning example of aposemadic coloration.

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Álamo (Populus fremontii)

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 10:06 AM PDT

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 11:02 AM PDT

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This is the host for the Large White Skipper.
The plant is a fire obligate, spreading into the park in the 90's...and the skipper followed.

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 10:54 AM PDT

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 12:41 PM PDT

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 10:11 AM PDT

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 10:44 AM PDT

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Looks like a cross between marijuana and nettle...

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Aretillo Amarillo (Bloomeria crocea)

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 09:46 AM PDT

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Paul said this is a species-of-concern for the park...

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Hongo Cola de Guajolote (Stereum hirsutum)

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 10:13 AM PDT

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Spectacular, mushroom-y-looking thing coming out of a fallen log...

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 12:27 PM PDT

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Paul said there are three species in California and this one has been keyed to the Park.

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Saltarina Blanca Norteña (Heliopetes ericetorum)

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 11:02 AM PDT

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Found the host. Male perched on top.
Doesn't get better than that.

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Huico Tigre del Noroeste (Aspidoscelis tigris)

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robberfly

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Junio 2, 2013 10:39 AM PDT

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They russel in the leaf like they're ten times the size they are.

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