Sunday, May 31, 2009

California Tortoiseshell

This visitor to the garden stopped just barely long enough so that I could take its picture.

The larvae of the California Tortoiseshell butterfly feed on Ceanothus. The adult butterflies feed on nectar.


  1. Wow, that's a beauty! Love the deep black edging on the wings. We have ceanothus but probably none of those guys. The bees do love it, though!

  2. Ah, well, I'm always amazed when I see a butterfly photo. So far, I've not managed this feat. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Karen, this butterfly ranges throughout the western US so you might see it.

    Town Mouse, butterfly photos are always a matter of luck for me. I've been seeing Chalcedon Checkerspots all over the garden but can't get a shot!

  4. That's lovely! Butterflies are difficult to catch.

  5. Michelle,
    We saw 10s of thousands of these last August near Yosemite. The whole day was a woow experience. Came back the next day and only 50 or so remained, they travel in large numbers.

  6. Randy, that had to have been an amazing sight. I don't think I've seen one of these in the garden yet this year.


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