WBA folks in Eastern Washington!
Our first ever Eastern Washington led WBA butterfly walk went smoothly on a very warm Saturday on June 6th. Eight naturalists attended the event to see a fine spread of scabland butterflies and wildflowers on BLM land at Twin Lakes, in the heart of Lincoln County. The dry spring appeared to have reduced species diversity somewhat, with a totals of 16 species showing,but there were some striking creatures among those we did count. We much enjoyed the two coppers of the arid lands, the Blue and the Ruddy, in contrasting iridescent dazzles. Six species of blues, and several other butterflies were about: Becker’s White; Cabbage White; Blue Copper; Ruddy Copper; Boisduvals’ Blue; Acmon Blue; Greenish Blue; Silvery Blue; Arrowhead Blue; Euphilotes-on-heracleoides; Northern Crescent; Common Ringlet; Small Wood Nymph; unknown species of yellow swallowtail; unknown small grass skipper; unknown sulphur.
Members had the chance to take some good photos, see the Euphilotes both mating and ovipositing.
Two members of thew group were not in the photo and send their regrets: my wife, Brenda, and the photographer, Carol Mack!
Stands of milkweed growing near the creek between the lakes promise some Coral Hairstreaks within the next few weeks.
In other news, both Patti Ensor and myself have had Monarch butterfly sightings, in the past week. Hers occurred at her farm in Lincoln County, near Davenport, WA; mine was way up in Pend Oreille County just north of Cusick last Friday. The latter butterfly was making rapid progress south, as if -quite realistically- giving up on locating milkweed further north. I was unable to keep u;p with it, that’s for sure!