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Butterfly, High Sierra, Orange-black, cutout wings


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 28 July 2012

Butterfly, Stanislaus National Forest, Carson Iceberg Wilderness. 

 Polygonia satyrus? 

 July 12 2012. 

 7600 feet.

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail above Boulder Creek along Clarks fork of the Stanislaus River. 

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...

If I am correct I encountered two of these beauties over two days hiking down the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River. 

I chased and chased this guy, but he refused to be photographed. After an extensive pursuit he lit on this boulder, and I was moving in slowly for the close shot, taking this one on the way in as a safety precaution, when he flew into dense underbrush and ended my pursuit with this blurry image.

At least I got this after 3 minutes of chase with a heavy pack. Yeah, the vast majority of shots on this forum and the guide are all taken under pack on the trail... I see it and I chase it.

I really try not to freak the critters out and chase them. It cost them much more energy than my preferred shots, which are when I see the creature and photograph it before it sees me. That saves us both a lot of stress...

Trail Guide Page: Boulder Creek to Saint Marys Pass.

Trail Guide Map: Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River.

 

Doc Shapiro's Butterfly Site

 

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