Forest Road 22 - Lane County, Oregon

Butterfly Road

Photographer / Videographer: G. Price

a Lepidoptera Paparazzo

Whenever I walk on this road that supplies access to Trestle Creek and Parker Creek Falls I always find something new to photograph.
The road is east of Cottage Grove and starts where a bridge crosses Brice Creek at the East Brice / Champion Creek trailhead.

Data Sources:
National Audobon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest;
National Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies
Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest

Recent additions/editions:
Pacific Spiketail Dragonfly
Anise Swallowtail Butterfly
Grape Leafholder Moth

Autumn color with maples
Sunshine highlighting maples in mid-October

Catalogued the following - so far:
33 butterflies (3 fritillaries, 2 checkerspots, 5 skippers, 2 eyespots, 3 swallowtails, 3 hairstreaks, 2 angle-wings, 5 whites, 2 coppers, 1 blue),
10 moths, 2 caterpillars, 1 beetle, 6 dragonflies, 17 plants and one very interesting fungus

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Mylitta Crescentspot Butterfly ♂ ♀ (Phyciodes mylitta) - May/September

Mylitta Crescentspot on Daisy, July 5.2MB 720p 6.5 sec

Mylitta Crescentspot Male

Mylitta Crescentspot Female

Edith's Copper Butterfly ♂ (Gaeides editha) - August
Plant: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Edith's Copper on Pearly Everlasting dorsal view Edith's Copper on Pearly Everlasting ventral view

This copper distinguishes itself from the others by its mottled or unfocused dots in the ventral view.

Tailed Copper Butterfly ♂ (Lycaena arota) - July

Tailed Copper riding the wind, August 2.4MB 720p 10 sec MP4

Lupine Blue Butterfly ♀ (Icaricia lupini)- July

Annaphila diva Moth - May: ID by Pacific NW Moths
Plant: candy flower (Claytonia sibirica)

Annaphila diva Moth on Candy Flower, May 1MB 720p 6sec

Annaphila diva on candy flower A diva in flight class=

I nickname this one "Tilde Moth" due to the curved black mark in the white area of its wing. Appears candy flower is its favorite nectar source.

Enchoria lacteata Moth - April: ID by BAMONA
Plant: milkmaids (Cardamine californica)

Enchoria lacteata Moth on milkmaids

Eupithecia rotundopuncta Moth - May: ID by BAMONA

long-winged moth with greenish spots

The black asphalt road surface makes a fine camouflage for this moth.

Thallophaga taylorata Moth - June: ID by BAMONA

small moth with dots on wings

Pale Glyph Moth (Protodeltote albidula) - July: ID by BAMONA

white moth with wings in dorsal position

White-striped Black Moth (Trichodezia albovittata) - July: ID by BAMONA

small black moth with white stripes

Trichodezia californiata Moth - July: ID by BAMONA

small black moth three white stripes

Three narrow stripes vs one wide stripe for the one above.

'Wild Forget-me-not' moth (Gnophaela latipennis) - June: ID by BAMONA

long-winged moth with greenish spots

Grape Leafholder moth (Desmia) - June

black moth, white dots, white feet

Unknown if this is D. funeralis or D. maculalis. Photograph of the underside would be needed to fully ID this moth.

Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar (Arctia caja) - May

black and orange caterpillar - not the woolly bear

Isabella Tiger Moth and caterpillar (Pyrrharctia isabella) - July and September: ID by BAMONA
aka woolly bear caterpillar

orange moth on oxeye daisy black and orange caterpillar - it is the woolly bear

Caterpillar is sauntering along left to right

Western Meadow Fritillary Butterfly (Boloria epithora chermocki) - June
Plant: bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

Western Meadow Fritillary Butterfly on common bird's foot trefoil, June 2MB 720p 8 sec

Fritillary in the sun

Hydaspe Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria hydaspe) - August
Plant: woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

Hydaspe Fritillary Butterfly on Hairy Cats's-ear, June 5.7MB 540p 6.3 sec

Hydaspe Fritillary dorsal view Hydaspe Fritillary ventral view

Zerene Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria zerene) - August: ID by BAMONA
Zerene Fritillary Butterfly on Pearly Everlasting, August 4.2MB 540p 8 sec

Zerene Fritillary dorsal view Zerene Fritillary ventral view

Faunus Anglewing Butterfly (Polygonia faunus) - July
aka Green Comma

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Nymphalis californica) - September

California Tortoiseshells fluttering around, Sept 6.2MB 540p 12 sec

California Tortoiseshell on my pants
Get some pollen on you and it's good odds one of these will land on you

California Tortoiseshell ventral view
Well-camouflaged butterflies - they look like dead leaves with wings in ventral position

California Tortoiseshell in flight

Blue and Yellow (discolor) forget-me-not (Myosotis discolor) - May

blue flowers change to yellow

Menzie's Larkspur (Delphinium menziesii) - May

These are poisonous (skin irritant).

Clodius Parnassian Butterfly (Parnassius clodius) - July
Clodius Parnassian and Woodland Skipper, August 1.8MB 720p 7 sec MP4

Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Clodius Parnassian under attack

A variety of Flower Longhorn Beetle (TBD) tends to follow these butterflies to the best eats

Clodius Parnassian in reverse

Julia Orangetip Butterfly (Anthocharis julia) - June

Julia Orangetip butterfly

Margined White Butterfly (Pieris marginalis - Scudder 1861) - July: ID by BAMONA

margined white butterfly

butterfly with shadow

Veined White Butterfly (Artogeia napi) - June
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

white butterfly oxeye daisy

Pine White Butterfly (Neophasia menapia) - August
Plant: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Pine White and skippers, Aug 2.1MB 720p 10 sec
disappearing Pine White, Aug 3.8MB 720p 16 sec

pine white on pearly everlasting

pine white in flight

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) - June

These are poisonous (cardiac stimulant).

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio rutulus) - June
In flight and getting nectar from foxglove (no cardiac issues).

Battle - Tiger vs Pale swallowtail (Tiger won), July 10.4MB 720p 13.7 sec

Swallowtail over water

Swallowtail on foxglove

Tiger Swallowtail coming in for a landing

head in the fridge
I am bound and determined to get that nectar.

Pale Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio eurymedon) - May
Nectar stop on Round-tooth Snake-lily (Dichelostemma multiflorum) and sunning itself on the road.
See the wing differences between it and its cousin above?

Pale swallowtail fluttering in a glade, July 6.7MB 720p 5.7 sec

Chasing a Pale swallowtail - and keeping up, July 9.1MB 720p 12.3 sec

Pale Swallowtail on round tooth snake lily

Pale Swallowtail sunning

Anise Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio zelicaon) - July

chasing Anise - Anise faster

Great Basin Wood Nymph Butterfly (Cercyonis sthenele) - August

Great Basin Wood Nymph near orange leaves

Great Arctic Butterfly (Oeneis nevadensis) - July

Northern Checkerspot Butterfly (Chlosyne palla) - July
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Northern Checkerspot Butterfly on Oxeye Daisy, July 1.1MB 720p 6 sec

northern checkerspot

Snowberry Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas colon) - June

Snowberry Checkerspot Butterfly on Daisy, June 6.7MB 540p 7.3 sec

Snowberry Checkerspot on Hairy Cat's-ear, June 3.3MB, 702 x 420 6.8 sec

Snowberry Checkerspot on Daisy, June 3.6MB, 568 x 540 7.1 sec

dual dueling checkerspots look like a bowtie

Dual checkerspots in a duel for nectar
(seriously, they were dueling for that one blossum while other blossums are nearby)

Giant Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia grandiflora) - May

Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) - April

Mourning Cloak sunning

Mourning Cloaks in the sky

Tolmie Star Tulip (Calochortus tolmiei) - May

California Sister Butterfly (Adelpha californica) - July

California Sister sauntering on basalt, July 3MB 540p 10.5 sec

California Sister using its proboscis to sop up water on a maple leaf

. . . some guys attract flies . . .

lapping up pollen from my shoe and now from my pants

California Sister with grasshopper lower right

You see a butterfly. Can you spot the grasshopper?

A California Sister can easily be confused with a Lorquin's Admiral (below) due to the admiralty stripes.
However, note the large area of orange on the forewings versus the Lorquin's Admiral narrower red border below.
Sunlight also highlights a blue-gray area on the Sister's forewings.

Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly (Limenitis lorquini) - July, August

Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly, June 1.8MB 403 x 395p 6.1 sec

Lorquin's with sticky feet, July 720p 3.4MB 10.7 sec

Lorquin's Admiral sunning on rock

Lorquin's taking flight

Trillium (Trillium ovatum) - April

Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) - May

Edible salad green

St.-John's-Wort (Hypericum perforatum) - July
aka Klamath Weed

St. John's Wort

Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) - July

Always the last blooming flower in this area into autumn

Western White Anemone (Anemone deltoidea) - May

Silver-spotted Skipper Butterfly (Epargyreus clarus) - June
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Silver-spotted Skipper Butterfly, June 4.6MB 540p 5.1 sec

Woodland Skipper Butterfly (Ochlodes sylvanoides) - July
Plants: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea); hairy cats's-ear (Hypochaeris radicata)

surefooted Skipper on windy day, Aug 3MB 720p 8 sec
Woodland skipper on Pearly Everlasting

Woodland Skipper on Hairy Cat's-ear

Arctic Skipper Butterfly (Carterocephalus palaemon) - May

Propertius Duskywing Skipper Butterfly (Erynnis propertius) - June ID by BAMONA

Propertius skipper hanging out on a boulder

This butterfly appeared to be using the boulder's grey area as a camouflage for part of its wing. Eye test: I can make out a pair of eyes, nose with nostrils and an open mouth in the abdomen area.

Persius Duskywing Skipper Butterfly (Erynnis persius) - August

Persius Duskwing Skipper on Daisy, June 2.9MB, 539 x 531 8.3 sec

Western Branded Skipper Butterfly (Hesperia colorado) - June
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Western Branded Skipper & Nelson's Hairstreak Butterfly - June

skipper and hairstreak butterflies

Unusual to have two different varieties of butterflies so near each other - one usually chases the other away.

Nelson's Hairstreak Butterfly (Callophryas nelsoni) - July
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Nelson's Hairstreak Butterfly on Daisy, June 2.9MB 480p 7.4 sec

This butterfly is very easy to photograph - just move slowly towards them - they don't spook easily.

Golden Hairstreak Butterfly ♀ (Habrodais grunus) - August
Plant: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Golden Hairstreak Butterfly on Daisy, June 2.6MB 480p 6.8 sec

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus) - August
gray hairstreak butterfly ventral view gray hairstreak butterfly dorsal view

Yellow Leaf Iris (Iris chrysophylla) - May

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - July

Turkey Tail Fungus (Trametes versicolor) - May

rather colorful fungus taking over some fallen limbs

Downed tree limb has a fungus growing out of it. Fan shape is reminiscent of a turkey's tail.

Due to their mandibles being large - relative to their head - it could be presumed that dragonflies
can bite people or pets. They only have enough force to chew on small insects (e.g., mosquitoes).
If you're lucky enough to have one land on your shoulder no mosquito will bother you.

Eight-spotted skimmer dragonfly ♂ (Libellula forensis) - July

8-spotted skimmer in the sun

Sunlit 8-spotted skimmer
With the dragonfly between you and the sun the wings take on a photographic negative appearance.

Pacific Spiketail Dragonfly (Cordulegaster dorsalis) - July

Pacific Spiketail dragonfly

Grappletail Dragonfly (Octogomphus specularis) - July

grappletail dragonfly

Black Petaltail Dragonfly ♂ (Tanypteryx hageni) - August
sitting on FR22 near the bridge over Brice Creek

black petaltail dragonfly

Blue-eyed Darner Dragonfly (Aeshna multicolor) - July

Variegated Meadowhawk Dragonfly ♂ (Sympetrum corruptum) - September

variegated meadowhawk dragonfly

Western Sculptured Pine Borer (Chalcophora angulicollis) - July


As the name implies, this is a beetle harmful to conifers.
When it flew towards me I swatted it down with my camera. Unknown if it was random chance or if they are aggressive.