Sighting for June 3, 2018

Rob Santry

Butterfly Driving Tour of Baldy Creek Road, Soda Mountain Road, and Mt. Ashland
Jackson County, OR

I wanted to work the mountains on the Oregon/California border by following Baldy Creek Road, then climbing up to Soda Mountain Road and finishing up at the higher Mt. Ashland. My goal was to see if Sheridan’s Hairstreak up on Mt. Ashland was out yet. Indeed they were! I saw roughly 150 Sheridan’s Hairstreaks. They were in all the gullies, roadside ditches and bald areas along Forest Service Road 20. This number was by far, the most Sheridan’s Hairstreak’s I’ve ever seen. I think some species of butterflies in Northern California and Oregon are going to have record numbers this year!

  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 2
  • Two-tailed Swallowtail 1
  • Spring White 1
  • Large Marble 8
  • Sara Orangetip 1
  • Gray Marble abundant
  • Clouded Sulphur 1
  • Orange Sulphur 2
  • Western Sulphur 2
  • Purplish Copper 3
  • Bramble Hairstreak 1
  • Sheridan's Hairstreak 150
  • Brown Elfin 1
  • Western Pine Elfin 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak abundant
  • Spring Azure 1
  • Square-spotted Blue 3
  • Greenish Blue 12
  • Boisduval's Blue 12
  • Acmon Blue 4
  • Lupine Blue 1
  • Callippe Fritillary 5
  • Pacific Fritillary 2
  • Northern Checkerspot 15
  • Field Crescent 3
  • California Crescent 2
  • Mylitta Crescent 1
  • Variable Checkerspot 15
  • Satyr Comma 1
  • Hoary Comma 3
  • California Tortoiseshell 3
  • Lorquin's Admiral 9
  • California Sister 2
  • Common Ringlet abundant
  • Great Arctic 7
  • Propertius Duskywing abundant
  • Arctic Skipper 1
  • Juba Skipper 2
  • Common Roadside-Skipper 1

Sheridan's Hairstreak