Sighting for May 5, 2017

Brett Badeaux

Palomar Mountain
San Diego County, CA

Mostly sunny, warm, not sure of temps. Acmon and Lupine Blue abundant around buckwheat and yellow cress blossoms, not sure how many were Lupine. Over 50 California Tortoiseshell caterpillars as well as 2 adults. Saw what i’m certain was a Fritillary for 1 second as it flew by rapidly, can’t determine which species. Weather forecast says this area will go down to low 30s this weekend with snow on Sunday. Not sure how the butterflies will cope with that.

  • Pale Swallowtail 8
  • Checkered White 2
  • Cabbage White 2
  • Sara Orangetip 10
  • Orange Sulphur 5
  • Queen Alexandra's Sulphur 3
  • Sleepy Orange 1
  • Dainty Sulphur 4
  • Great Purple Hairstreak 1
  • Bramble Hairstreak 3
  • Brown Elfin 30+
  • Juniper Hairstreak 2
  • Gray Hairstreak 2
  • Spring Azure common
  • Boisduval's Blue 8
  • Acmon Blue common
  • Lupine Blue
  • Mormon Metalmark 12+
  • Gabb's Checkerspot 3
  • Mylitta Crescent 8
  • Satyr Comma 1
  • California Tortoiseshell 50+
  • Mourning Cloak 2
  • American Lady 3
  • Painted Lady 3
  • West Coast Lady 1
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 12
  • Lorquin's Admiral 1
  • California Sister 7
  • Propertius Duskywing 2
  • Mournful Duskywing 1
  • Funereal Duskywing 4
  • Afranius Duskywing 1
  • Two-banded Checkered-Skipper 8
  • White Checkered-Skipper 3
  • Northern White-Skipper 1
  • Juba Skipper 4

Lupine Blue

Lupine Blue

Acmon Blue

Two-banded Checkered-Skipper

California Tortoiseshell caterpillars

Mylitta Crescent