Sunday, April 08, 2007

California Tortoiseshell

After hearing reports of widespread sightings of California Tortoiseshell butterflies in Western Oregon in recent days, today in Central Oregon (city of Bend) I saw "lots" of them. The book says this is one butterfly that overwinters as an adult, so it seems that the recent warm weather has coaxed them out of their sheltered spots. Maybe this year we are seeing another "irruption" of this beautiful flyer.


At 8:44 AM, Anonymous ron said...

I saw quite a few of the Tortoise Shell butterflies up in the open rocky area near the top of Mt Defiant in the Gorge yesterday afternoon.


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