Butterflies of the High Desert
July 12 to July 14, 2019 – The Siskiyou Field Institute’s Butterflies of the High Desert program was a success noted Dana Ross, instructor. The group stayed at the Malheur Field Station to be close to the areas of study. According to Ross, the group observed and identified nearly 50 species during program.
“Saturday, the Steens Mountain Loop produced well and we made it to the summit where I netted a rarely collected Steens Mountain Indra Swallowtail,” Ross explained. “The local Buckwheat Blues, Two-tailed Swallowtails and Lustrous Coppers were also about. The soon-to-be-abundant fritillaries were just getting started, but we came across 3 species: Zerene, Coronis and Callippe. Sunday we hit the backside – Follyfarm to Fields – where conditions were hotter and drier, but we did locate a plethora of Ruddy Coppers and Melissa Blues at Mann Lake and located and netted hybrid Weidemeyer’s/Lorquin’s admirals know as ‘Friday’s Admiral’, among other species, in the Pueblos.” Photo credits, Dana Ross