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Coyote Canis latrans

Observer

seanhiggins

Date

April 30, 2004

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Northern White-Skipper Heliopetes ericetorum

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 27, 2014

Description

A small 'puddle party' of Northern White Skippers was seen on the park's spring NABA count.

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 27, 2014

Description

Several painted lady butterflies were seen in the Smithwater Canyon area during the park's spring NABA butterfly count. I don't have many pictures of this species despite its frequent abundance in the desert.

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Orange Skipperling Copaeodes aurantiaca

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 27, 2013

Description

A single orange skipperling was observed along the east edge of the dried lakebed at Barker Dam. Location is approximate.

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Variable Checkerspot Euphydryas chalcedona

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 25, 2015

Description

Variable checkerspots are common along canyon bottoms at Joshua tree National Park. I believe this is the corralensis subspecies.

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Northern White-Skipper Heliopetes ericetorum

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 12, 2015

Description

A number of Northern White-Skippers were on a hike down Smithwater Canyon. Location is approximate.

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Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

October 24, 2014

Description

Though not as numerous as queens monarch butterflies were seen during the fall of 2014 in low numbers at numerous locations nectaring on rabbitbrush along park washes.

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Western Pygmy Blue Brephidium exilis

Observer

xranger2013

Date

November 13, 2014

Description

Several pygmy-blues were seen on rabbitbrush and Eriogonum fasciculatum. This observation was from near the Wall Street Mill parking area. Location is approximate.

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Arizona Powdered-Skipper Systasea zampa

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 12, 2015

Description

A single Arizona Powered-Skipper was seen in the upper Smithwater Canyon drainage near the Lower Covington Trail. Location is approximate.

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Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Observer

xranger2013

Date

October 9, 2011

Description

A single red admiral was seen on rabbitbrush near the Lower Covington Parking Area.

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California Patch Chlosyne californica

Observer

xranger2013

Date

September 15, 2012

Description

Several California Patch butterflies were seen near the Barker Dam parking area feeding on rabbitbrush. Location is approximate.

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Desert Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes ssp. coloro

Observer

xranger2013

Date

October 17, 2014

Description

Several desert black swallowtails were seen along the Wall Street Mill Trail in Joshua Tree National Park. Location is approximate. Pictures are of the same individual.

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Gray Hairstreak Strymon melinus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 27, 2013

Description

A gray hairstreak, Strymon melinus, was observed in the Barker Dam area of Joshua Tree National Park during a NABA Spring butterfly count.

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Mojave Sage Salvia mohavensis

Observer

lsweet

Date

June 4, 2015 10:32 AM PDT

Description

Rocky ridge top

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Queen Butterfly Danaus gilippus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

October 9, 2014

Description

Hundreds of queens were seen this fall at numerous locations throughout Joshua Tree National Park. More than 70 were counted along the Wall Street Mill Trail on one fall day. Rabbitbrush was the big attraction. Location shown is approximate.

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Orange Sulphur Colias eurytheme

Observer

xranger2013

Date

November 11, 2014

Description

Several orange sulphurs were seen in large desert wash that crosses the park road near the Boy Scout Trailhead. Location is approximate.

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Ceraunus Blue Hemiargus ceraunus

Observer

xranger2013

Date

the past

Description

A Ceraunus Blue was observed on the Indian Cove Nature Trail during the park's Fall NABA count on Oct. 13, 2014. Location is approximate.

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Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola

Observer

xranger2013

Date

November 11, 2014

Description

Reakirt's blues were common in the fall of 2014 at Joshua Tree NP and were often found feeding on rabbitbrush.

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Acmon Blue Plebejus acmon

Observer

xranger2013

Date

October 20, 2014

Description

A single acmon blue was seen on the Lower Covington Trail at Joshua Tree NP. Location is approximate.

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Funereal Duskywing Erynnis funeralis

Observer

xranger2013

Date

November 11, 2014

Description

Funeral duskywing is the most common and widespread of the Erynnis species found at Joshua Tree National Park.

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 17, 2015

Description

A single common buckeye was seen near the Upper Covington Trailhead in Joshua Tree National Park.

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Becker's White Pontia beckerii

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 19, 2015

Description

A Becker's white was seen nectaring on Amsonia. Moments after I took this picture the white was attacked by a leopard lizard, but it managed to escape unharmed.

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Bernardino Dotted-Blue Euphilotes bernardino

Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 19, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

A single male(?) Bernardino blue was found on an unmarked trail about 1.5 miles southeast from the park's West Entrance. Location is approximate.

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American Snout Libytheana carinenta

Observer

xranger2013

Date

September 15, 2012

Description

Several snout butterflies were seen at the start of the Barker Dam Trail in Joshua Tree National Park. They were using rabbitbrush as a food plant.

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Observer

xranger2013

Date

October 9, 2011

Description

My wife and I encountered what appeared to be an aberrant painted lady at the Lower Covington area of Joshua Tree National Park during the fall of 2011. Many butterflies were found on rabbitbrush this day. We had never before seen a butterfly like this and it caused some real confusion as to its ID.

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Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia

Observer

xranger2013

Date

October 9, 2011

Description

A single variegated fritillary was found on rabbitbrush near the Lower Covington trailhead at Joshua Tree National Park. Rabbitbrush was blooming profusely in the area and attracting many butterflies.

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Observer

xranger2013

Date

April 12, 2015

Description

Three Yucca Giant-Skippers were seen in the upper Smithwater Canyon wash near the park's Lower Covington Trail. I believe the park area has the martini subspecies.

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Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae

Observer

xranger2013

Date

November 13, 2014

Description

Two gulf fritillaries were seen on the trail to Wall Street Mill in Joshua Tree National Park. There has been a influx of these striking butterflies in the local desert this fall.

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Mexican Yellow Eurema mexicana

Observer

xranger2013

Date

October 24, 2014

Description

A single Mexican yellow, Eurema mexicana, was observed in a desert wash west of Hidden Valley. These are rare fall visitors to the park area.

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fragrant sumac Rhus aromatica

Observer

finatic

Date

March 21, 2015 10:49 AM PDT

Description

San Bernardino County, California, US