Butterfly, Satyr Anglewing, High Sierra, Clarks Fork Stanislaus River

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 28 July 2012

Finding my way North down from the top of the Clarks Fork Headwaters Bowl to the beginning of the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River brought me through some rough terrain.

After finding my way down through a channel between the steep cliffs protecting the headwaters I approached the burbling creek that begins the Clarks Fork's voyage down-mountain when this beautiful butterfly flew by.

I identifed this butterfly as an example of a Satyr Anglewing, offically known as Polygonia satyrus using Doc Shapiro's fine Butterfly Website. I could be wrong...

 Trail Guide Page: Boulder Creek to Saint Marys Pass

Trail Guide Map: Upper Claks Fork of the Stanislaus

The chase was on! I was tired from the climb down, and this guy was not in the mood to grant me a picture, so it took some running around-with my damn pack on-before it settled down for this quick portrait.

 Date: July 11, 2012

Location: Upper Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River in the headwaters bowl. Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route, Stanislaus National Forest, Carson Iceberg Wilderness.

Elevation: 8880 feet

Hit the comments link below if you can identify this beautiful thing.

For more information on Sierra Nevada Butterflies I suggest you check out Doc Shapiro's Butterfly site out of UC Davis.

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