An early date .
Nectaring on Cirsium vulgare( Bull Thistle ) near Redwood Creek .
The spring form .
I stuck my arm out and it landed on me .
If you stand still with some butterflies in a sunny spot some will land on you . I could see its shadow and this is a self portrait .
This is a Camberwell Beauty if you are British . A sign of early spring , they come out of hibernation on warm days . I saw my first one as a road kill in Minnesota before I was eight years old and I still remember it fairly clearly .
Nectaring on Cirsium vulgare ( Bull Thistle ) . Uncommon in summer .
Nectaring on Aralia californica ( California Spikenard ) along French Trail .
On California Everlasting . In this park I associate this species with stands of Bush Monkeyflower .
Probably on Italian Thistle .
Female on Western Poison-Oak .
Along West Ridge Trail .
Scarce this time of the year .
Pale summer form . The dark veins can barely be seen .
Rosa form .
Nectaring on Italian Thistle .
Satyr Comma has more dorsal hind wing spots and fewer gold submarginal spots on hind wings .