Sighting for June 20, 2018

Rob Santry

Moon Prairie Road. Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Jackson County, OR

Mardon Skipper is a rarely seen butterfly. There are only a few colony sites in Southern Oregon. The Mardon Skipper Surveyor with the monument along with Dianne Keller, the NABA Coordinator with the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument NABA Count, told me about the Mardon Skipper colony on Moon Prairie Road. So I drove down that rough dirt road to the locale. I knew I found the meadow as there is a wire fence surrounding the Mardon Skipper colony there. The fence is not to keep the skippers in, but rather to keep cattle and four-wheel vehicles out. These fenced in areas are called exclosures. I saw 25 Mardon Skippers in the area around the exclosure!

  • Clodius Parnassian 12
  • Anise Swallowtail 2
  • Western Tiger Swallowtail 3
  • Pale Swallowtail 2
  • Large Marble 4
  • Gray Marble 4
  • Western Pine Elfin 1
  • Juniper Hairstreak 3
  • Greenish Blue 12
  • Boisduval's Blue 2
  • Callippe Fritillary 6
  • Pacific Fritillary 3
  • Northern Checkerspot 1
  • Field Crescent 6
  • Mylitta Crescent 1
  • Variable Checkerspot 15
  • Hoary Comma 3
  • California Tortoiseshell 15
  • Mourning Cloak 1
  • Lorquin's Admiral 6
  • Common Ringlet abundant
  • Great Arctic 1
  • Propertius Duskywing 7
  • Two-banded Checkered-Skipper 2
  • Arctic Skipper 1
  • Mardon Skipper 25
  • Sonoran Skipper 3

Mardon Skipper

Mardon Skipper

Mardon Skipper

Mardon Skipper