- We want to say thanks to Andy and Jim for allowing us to accompany them on the butterfly trip on Saturday. We found an amazing number of butterflies. We had a very good time and got some excellent photos.
It must have been a good trip, since we didn't get home until 5:00 or so.
We didn't keep a list, but it would be nice to know how many butterfly types we saw and see a list of their names. We remembered many of them, especially the ones in the photos.
Very enjoyable and thanks to Andy for allowing us to go and Jim for the excellent guiding.
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Here's a preliminary list of butterflies we found on Saturday at Bethel
Ridge and lower Oak Creek. I will annotate this list more thoroughly as I
find the time.
BUTTERFLIES IN THE TIETON
28 JUNE 2003
Local butterfly expert Jim Christensen led an Audubon fieldtrip into the
Tieton River area to study these beautiful creatures. The first area we
visited was the edge of Bethel Ridge, an area of lithosol and steppe
vegetation, though at 6,000 feet. Next, the meadows and wet areas en route
to Timberwolf Mountain were checked, this habitat added five or so species.
Finally, low elevation riparian habitats along Oak Creek, yielded yet a
different array of species.
Common Branded Skipper - wet area in lower Oak Creek
Woodland Skipper - wet area in lower Oak Creek
Clodius Parnassian - Bethel Ridge
Anise Swallowtail - Bethel Ridge, Timberwolf Lookout
Indra Swallowtail - Bethel Ridge
Pale Tiger Swallowtail - Bethel Ridge
Becker's White - wet area in lower Oak Creek
Western White - Bethel Ridge
Sara's Orangetip - lower Oak Creek
Orange Sulphur - lower Oak Creek
Western Sulphur - Bethel Ridge
Western Tailed Blue
Pacific Dotted Blue
Coronis Fritillary - widespread and common
Edith's Checkerspot - widespread and common
Milbert's Tortoiseshell - Bethel Ridge
West Coast Lady
Lorquin's Admiral - lower Oak Creek
Small Wood Nymph