Sighting for June 3, 2022

Brian McGurgan

Far North Bicentennial Park, Basher Drive Trail (61.15065° N, 149.71233° W)
Anchorage Municipality, AK

Increasingly cloudy and 74° with a light wind from 5:35 to 6:50pm. Butterflies seemed scarce considering the hot dry weather and how active this trail was a week ago. I returned a second evening in a row hoping to get better photos of a Northern Blue I saw yesterday but didn’t find one. The highlight of the evening was when I was crouching low to photograph a Mustard White and saw that she quickly oviposited on a stem. It happened so fast I missed the chance to photograph it and wasn’t sure she actually left an egg. I followed the butterfly hoping she’d oviposit again but she flew over bushes and I couldn’t keep up. Returning to the wildflower stalk she had been on, I was surprised to find a tiny egg. I’ve uploaded a close-up photo of the egg and another shot of the entire stalk with flowers and with the egg down near the bottom of the frame. When I got home I discovered that I had photographed a Greenish Blue ovipositing into a clover blossom.

  • Canadian Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Mustard White 3
  • Greenish Blue 4
  • Milbert's Tortoiseshell 5
  • Arctic Skipper 2

Greenish Blue

Mustard White

Mustard White egg

Mustard White egg