May 18 2009

“California Tortoiseshell 001”

Published by at 8:46 AM under Butterfly,Uncategorized,Wildlife

California Tortoiseshell nymphalis californica

This certainly seems to be the year of the California Tortoiseshell . This morning I observed these butterflies gathered in clusters the full length of the foundation around the house.

California Tortoiseshell nymphalis californica

The concrete was slightly moist and the sun was warm. When the butterfly’s wings absorbed sufficient warmth they folded them vertically so that they resembled little sailboats. This has been the most abundant species in our yard this spring.

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  1. Denise Hugheson 27 May 2009 at 4:09 PM

    I have never seen butterflies congregate on a wall like the butterflies in the photo. What a great photo.

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