Sighting for May 15, 2018

Jill Gorman

Capitol Reef National Park, Lower Pleasant Creek Trail
Wayne County, UT

This trail followed a small stream through a dry, sandy desert. We were surprised to see hundreds of butterflies, including 6 Variegated Fritillaries laying eggs on Broom Flax (Linum aristatum) and Field Crescents coupling. We saw no other butterflies during other hikes in the park, but this trail was full of them! We also saw thousands of milkweeds (Showy and Utah), so I would imagine that Monarchs will be there soon!

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 1
  • Melissa Blue 100
  • Variegated Fritillary 12
  • Field Crescent 30
  • Common Checkered-Skipper 8

Variegated Fritillary

Melissa Blue

Variegated Fritillary

Field Crescent

Field Crescent

Field Crescent

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Common Checkered-Skipper

Melissa Blue

Melissa Blue

Melissa Blue