The Fiery Skippers have been dropping copious amounts of eggs on the grass in S. Salinas. The activity seems to have tapered off in the past week.
Collected on 8/21.
Two hikes around Huddart Park traversing the Richard Roads and Crystal springs trail brought swallowtails, faded California Sisters near water sources, and Hairstreaks. Now I haven’t been able to identify the Hairstreak and have it down to either a Hedgerow or Golden Oak. It was found in the oaks on Richard Roads Trail. I thought they were moths at first, I found them by shaking the trees in the shade. They would fly a short distance, land and then disappear. I told my non-butterfly hiking friends to go ahead so I could search them out. I was able to flush out about 8-10 individuals and photo a few.
Visited on 8/13 and 8/14
I’d like to come back earlier in the season and check both the water and oaks…Next year.
6/11/2016 9:30 am – 5 pm
A rare day without fog greeted 13 grateful participants (photo above) for the 9th annual Monterey butterfly count. Despite lingering drought conditions, observers tallied 46 species, only 3 short of the 2012 count high of 49. Gulf fritillary (photo below) and Pacuvius duskywing were new species for the count – Jan Austin found gulf fritillaries on Passion vines near Lover’s Pt. in Pacific Grove, while Dave Bartholomew hiked the rugged Rocky Ridge at Garrapata SP for a hilltopping Pacuvius duskywing. Other notable sightings included higher than usual numbers of mourning cloaks, anise swallowtails, and hedgerow hairstreaks.
The complete count list:
Pine Canyon and Arroyo Seco Gorge, 5/28/16, 10 am – 3 pm; clear skies, 68-92 F, AM calm, PM windy
Hairstreaks and coppers were flying in good numbers as Ken Wilson and I explored two canyons near King City. Continue reading “King City Canyons”
The road up Pine Canyon was long, longer than expected and for good reason… Continue reading “A Hairstreak Sort of Day in Monterey County”
Pine Canyon Rd., King City, 5/15/16, 11:00 am – 3 pm; Arroyo Seco Gorge, 4-5 pm
This day should be remembered for some super hairstreaks, seven species in all . . but then along came blue . . .
While sorting out California, hedgerow, and mountain mahogany hairstreaks (among others) nectaring on wooly yerba santa, Sara noticed a low-flying blue that looked “different.” I strolled over for a look, and netted the bug when it refused to land. Then opened the net to find, wow, really?, a MARINE blue! My first ever in Monterey county. Only the 4th county record, the first documented with photo and specimen.
Many thanks to Jan Austin and Sara Ryndfleisz for sharing this day.
Here’s our complete trip list: