The day's prize, though I was quite happy with the metalmarks, too.
I think the white margin is just worn. Doesn't have hindwing spots of Propertius, too late for Pacuvius.
Many thanks to Hank for alerting me to the presence of this species up there! I'm sure I never would have noticed they weren't fence lizards on my own.
Of course the only ode I was able to photograph to my satisfaction was one I already knew.
One of my favorite late-season flowers.
Checkered White, flight is busier, less lilting than Cabbage. Hosts on weedy mustards.
One of many, many darners patrolling the peaks and passes. There were also larger ones with green thoraxes that were probably Common Green Darners, and I suspect we also saw some saddlebags, but we were unable to catch any for decent photos.
Sort of that this one might be the fire follower, but I think it's too hairy / glandular.
While most of the burned trees are stump sprouting, this one clearly has some living branches.
Scat with juniper "fruit" and something more seedy. Pine nuts?
Dr. Kathy Schick, a pal in the Lep Society and a gall expert, helped me with this i.d...
I.D.ed by Dr. Kathy Schick...
The Target Species for the day. A lifer for me. Wouldn't have been possible w/out "kevinhintsa" here on iNat. A big thank you, Kevin.
We study a creature's life cycle, we hunt it's location. Season's go by. It's enter' s a...mythology...then...at last!
Cool to share this with Ken-ichi.
Ummm...now what do I do with my life?
As well approached the North Peak, the expected Erynnis sps. in full hill-topping mode. 13 species seen today. Had one lone P. eurymedon at the radio tower North Peak summit.