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Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2020 22:01:42 -0700
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Subject: [NorWestLeps] A Late Field Trip

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Just before the weather changed, I managed one last (and almost my only, th=
is year) field trip, to southeastern Washington in deepest Asotin County. I=
t was the latest of many expeditions in search of Asterocampa /hackberry bu=
tterflies on the extensive stands of Celtis reticulata (hackberries) around=
the confluence of the Snake and Grand Ronde Rivers (inspired by earlier re=
ported sight records by Ray Stanford and Charles Rogers). Suffice it to say=
that I failed once again to find any sign of hackberry emperors, and littl=
e of anything was still on the wing. But I was not entirely skunked on a cl=
ear day in the eighties, in a gorgous place.

Most of the action, such as it was, occurred on blooming rabbitbrush. Ther=
e was also plenty of Russian thistle in bloom, so I had high hopes for a se=
cond state record of pygmy blues ( Brephidium exilis ). what I found were s=
achems ( Atalopedes campestris ), woodland skippers ( Ochlodes sylvanoides)=
, juba skippers ( Hesperia juba ),cabbage whites ( Pieris rapae) , an oran=
ge sulphur ( Colias eurytheme ),=C2=A0 a small very worn red admirable ( Va=
nessa atalanta ). and two noctuiod moths, Anagrapha falcifera and Noctua pr=
onuba. In addition, half a dozen mylitta crescentspots (Phyciodes mylitta) =
were visiting pale mauve asters at cliff-bottom seeps. Fill data have been =
submitted to the Northwest Butterfly Survey via JPP.

Several stands of native great reed ( Phragmites occidentalis ), also at t=
he seeps, bid future examination for yuma skippers ( Ochlodes yuma ), one f=
emale of which I collected near here at Heller Bar during an earlier. more =
speciose October visit.

Overnight the weather changed, bringing big winds and rains. It was good t=
o get out and swing a net once more before the season closes in. Last week =
I saw three species of Nymphalis in southwest Washington: milbert i in Nase=
lle, californica here in Gray's River, and antiopa on a Longview golf cours=
e. A tortoiseshell grand slam, meaning a sighting of l-album , would have b=
een a miracle.

Happy fall to all, and a better spring (in all ways!) to come,

R. M. Pyle


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Just before the weather changed, I managed one last (and almost my only, th=
is year) field trip, to southeastern Washington in deepest Asotin County. I=
t was the latest of many expeditions in search of <em>Asterocampa</em>/hack=
berry butterflies on the extensive stands of <em>Celtis reticulata</em>&nbs=
p;(hackberries) around the confluence of the Snake and Grand Ronde Rivers (=
inspired by earlier reported sight records by Ray Stanford and Charles Roge=
rs). Suffice it to say that I failed once again to find any sign of hackber=
ry emperors, and little of anything was still on the wing. But I was not en=
tirely skunked on a clear day in the eighties, in a gorgous place.<br /><br=
/>Most of the action, such as it was, occurred on blooming rabbitbrush. Th=
ere was also plenty of Russian thistle in bloom, so I had high hopes for a =
second state record of pygmy blues (<em>Brephidium exilis</em>). what I fou=
nd were sachems (<em>Atalopedes campestris</em>), woodland skippers (<em>Oc=
hlodes sylvanoides)</em>, juba skippers (<em>Hesperia juba</em>),cabbage wh=
ites (<em>Pieris rapae)</em>, an orange sulphur (<em>Colias eurytheme</em>)=
,&nbsp; a small very worn red admirable (<em>Vanessa atalanta</em>). and tw=
o noctuiod moths, <em>Anagrapha falcifera</em> and <em>Noctua pronuba.</em>=
In addition, half a dozen mylitta crescentspots <em>(Phyciodes mylitta) </=
em>were visiting pale mauve asters at cliff-bottom seeps. Fill data have be=
en submitted to the Northwest Butterfly Survey via JPP.<br /><br />Several =
stands of native great reed (<em>Phragmites occidentalis</em>), also at the=
seeps, bid future examination for yuma skippers (<em>Ochlodes yuma</em>), =
one female of which I collected near here at Heller Bar during an earlier. =
more speciose October visit.<br /><br />Overnight the weather changed, brin=
ging big winds and rains. It was good to get out and swing a net once more =
before the season closes in. Last week I saw three species of <em>Nymphalis=
</em> in southwest Washington: <em>milbert</em>i in Naselle,<em> californic=
a</em> here in Gray's River, and <em>antiopa</em>&nbsp;on a Longview golf c=
ourse. A tortoiseshell grand slam, meaning a sighting of <em>l-album</em>, =
would have been a miracle.<br /><br />Happy fall to all, and a better sprin=
g (in all ways!) to come,<br /><br />R. M. Pyle<br />


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