Sighting for October 3, 2016

Brett Badeaux

Fullerton Arboretum
Orange County, CA

High 70’s, partly cloudy. I wanted to find more Large Orange Sulphur but numbers are down. They don’t appear to be breeding at this location. The Cloudless Sulphur caterpillar was found because male Sulphurs were attracted to it! The pictured female was laying eggs then approached by a male where they engaged in an very violent looking rapid flight I have never seen anything like before, eventually the male paired up with this already laying female.

  • Giant Swallowtail 2
  • Cabbage White 9
  • Cloudless Sulphur 40+
  • Large Orange Sulphur 3-4
  • Gray Hairstreak
  • Marine Blue abundant
  • Gulf Fritillary common
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • Monarch 14
  • Mournful Duskywing 1
  • Northern White-Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper common
  • Umber Skipper 6

Large Orange Sulphur

Cloudless Sulphur caterpillar

Cloudless Sulphur