On July 17 on my way up to the Bethel Ridge Field Trip, I stopped for an afternoon of hot sun and hopeful butterfly watching. I had just came down off of Satus Pass and near the Toppenish Wildlife Refuge. I went 3 miles west along Pumphouse Road to the Old Goldendale Road.
As I walked along the public road between fence lines (TWR and Tribal Land) I watched amongst the roadside willows and after a bit I saw my first Viceroy in the last 15 years. A 2 hour butterfly watching experience rewarded me with 20-25 individual Viceroys, a gazillion Cabbage Whites and a lone Monarch. There were scattered milkweed and willows in the ditches. Kind of fun afternoon. (PS: Bethel Ridge was fun too….) Jim Reed, Klickitat