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Field trip report: Rakensack Canyon by Marceline VandeWater

Monday, April 15, 2019

On Saturday April 13th, 13 butterfly friends plus Ron and I, explored Rackensack Canyon. The weather was sunny and the temperature perfect! There was a small stream of water flowing in Rackensack: what a difference with last year! Everything was lush and green, with plenty of flowers. Between all of us, we saw a total of 25 species: Pipevine Swallowtail (6), Two-tailed Swallowtail (4), Checkered White (25), Sara Orangetip (4), Sleepy Orange (2), Orange Sulphur (8), Dainty Sulphur (6), Reakirt’s Blue (2), “Martin’s” Blue (2), Variegated Fritillary (2), Elada Checkerspot (1), Variable Checkerspot (4), Sagebrush Checkerspot (1), Red Admiral (7), Painted Lady (10), Empress Leilia (2), Mourning Cloak (1), Common Buckeye (9), Tropical Buckeye (1), Queen (5), Monarch (1), Funereal Duskywing (3), Common Streaky-Skipper (2), White Checkered-Skipper (20), Orange Skipperling (1). I want to thank all participants for you good company and sharp eyes! Marceline

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