Butterfly, Burnt Orange, and Buckwheat, High Sierra, Emigrant Wilderness

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 06 December 2011

Butterfly, Burnt Orange, and Buckwheat, High Sierra, Emigrant Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest. Sighted approaching Bond Pass to enter Yosemite from the High Emigrant Basin.

Butterfly near Bond Pass, burnt orange color, Emigrant Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest.

Date: July 27, 2009.

Elevation; 9360 feet.

Trail Guide: Summit Meadow

Topo Hiking Map: Brown Bear Pass to Jack Main Canyon

Topo Hiking Map: Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake

The chase was on. The butterfly did not want its picture taken.

Funny Story

A lot of backpackers have sighted me running across talus and skree, meadow and riverbank, only stopping to do a few deep-knee bends while grunting like a pig, laden with a great big heavy backpack.

I've seen some funny looks on backpacker's faces when they see me chasing a high altitude butterfly. Many think I've gone crazy, and a few still do after they learn I've had a merry chase of some elusive bug, butterfly, spider, or snake.


High Sierra Butterfly Resources

Doc Shapiro's Butterfly Site

I can't say enough good things about the good doctor. His site is an excellent resource for anyone interested in butterflies. His research is based on his love of nature and butterflies over decades of carefull observation. Check it out.


Can you identify this butterfly?


Date: July 27, 2009.


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