Forest Road 22 - Lane County, Oregon

Butterfly Road

Photographer: G. Price

Whenever I walk on this road that supplies access to Trestle Creek and Parker Creek Falls I always find something new to photograph.
The road is east of Cottage Grove and starts where a bridge crosses Brice Creek at the East Brice / Champion Creek trailhead.

Recent additions/editions:
California Tortoiseshell
Lorquin's Admiral
California Sister

Autumn color with maples
Sunshine highlighting maples in mid-October



Catalogued the following - so far:
27 butterflies (2 fritillaries, 5 skippers, 2 eyespots, 2 swallowtails, 2 hairstreaks, 2 angle-wings, 3 whites, 2 coppers, 1 blue),
2 moths, 2 caterpillars, 1 beetle, 5 dragonflies, 17 plants, one garbage sack


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Clodius Parnassian Butterfly (Parnassius clodius) - July
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

Clodius Parnassian on Oxeye Daisy

Clodius Parnassian leaving Oxeye Daisy

Clodius Parnassian under attack

A variety of Flower Longhorn Beetle (TBD) tends to follow these butterflies to the best eats

Clodius Parnassian in reverse


Mylitta Crescentspot Butterfly ♂ ♀ (Phyciodes mylitta) - September
Plant: hairy cats's-ear (Hypochaeris radicata)

Mylitta Crescentspot Male Mylitta Crescentspot Female


Edith's Copper Butterfly ♂ (Gaeides editha) - August
Plant: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Edith's Copper on Pearly Everlasting dorsal view

Edith's Copper on Pearly Everlasting ventral view

This copper distinguishes itself from the others by its mottled or unfocused dots in the ventral view.


Tailed Copper Butterfly ♂ (Lycaena arota) - July






Lupine Blue Butterfly ♀ (Icaricia lupini)- July






Annaphila Casta Moth - May
Plant: candy flower (Claytonia sibirica)



I nickname this one "Tilde Moth" due to the curved black mark in the white area of its wing.


'Wild Forget-me-not' moth (Gnophaela latipennis) - June




Garden Tiger Moth caterpillar (Arctia caja) - May

black and orange caterpillar - not the woolly bear


Isabella Tiger Moth caterpillar (Isia isabella) - September
aka woolly bear caterpillar

black and orange caterpillar - it is the woolly bear

Caterpillar is sauntering along left to right


Western Meadow Fritillary Butterfly (Boloria epithora chermocki) - May
Plant: woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

Fritillary in the sun






Hydaspe Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria hydaspe) - August
Plant: woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

Hydaspe Fritillary dorsal view Hydaspe Fritillary ventral view


Faunus Anglewing Butterfly (Polygonia faunus) - July
aka Green Comma







California Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Nymphalis californica) - September

California Tortoiseshell on my pants
Get some pollen on you and it's good odds one of these will land on you

California Tortoiseshell ventral view
Well-camouflaged butterflies - they look like dead leaves with wings in ventral position


California Tortoiseshell California Tortoiseshell in flight


Blue and Yellow (discolor) forget-me-not (Myosotis discolor) - May

blue flowers change to yellow


Menzie's Larkspur (Delphinium menziesii) - May



These are poisonous (skin irritant).


Margined White Butterfly (Pieris marginalis - Scudder 1861) - July

margined white butterfly

butterfly with shadow




Veined White Butterfly (Artogeia napi) - June
Plants: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare); hairy cats's-ear (Hypochaeris radicata)

white butterfly oxeye daisy

white butterfly on yellow flower


Pine White Butterfly (Neophasia menapia) - August
Plant: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pine white on pearly everlasting



pine white in flight


Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) - June



These are poisonous (cardiac stimulant).


Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio rutulus - formerly Pterourus rutulus) - June
Over water, in flight and getting nectar from foxglove (no cardiac issues).

Swallowtail over water











head in the fridge
I am bound and determined to get that nectar.


Pale Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio eurymedon) - May
Nectar stop on foxglove, snakelily, ready to land and sunning itself on the road.
See the wing differences between it and its cousin above?


Pale Swallowtail on foxglove

Pale Swallowtail on snakelily

Pale Swallowtail landing

Pale Swallowtail sunning


Great Basin Wood Nymph Butterfly (Cercyonis sthenele) - August

Great Basin Wood Nymph near orange leaves






Great Arctic Butterfly (Oeneis nevadensis) - July








Snowberry Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas colon) - June
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)




Taking off from a leaf.

chasing checkerspots

checkerspots in a dogfight

dual dueling checkerspots look like a bowtie

Dual checkerspots in a duel for nectar
(seriously, they were dueling for that one blossum while other blossums are nearby)


Giant Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia grandiflora) - May




Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa) - April

Mourning Cloak sunning





Mourning Cloak chasing another

Mourning Cloaks in the sky


Tolmie Star Tulip (Calochortus tolmiei) - May




California Sister Butterfly (Adelpha californica - formerly bredowii) - July

California Sister on fern

California Sister with grasshopper lower right

You see a butterfly. Can you spot the grasshopper?

A California Sister can easily be confused with a Lorquin's Admiral (below) due to the admiralty stripes.
However, note the large area of orange on the forewings versus the Lorquin's Admiral narrower red border below.
Sunlight also highlights a blue-gray area on the Sister's forewings.


Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly (Basilarchia lorquini) - July, August

Lorquin's Admiral sunning on rock

Lorquin's Admiral on maple leaf

Lorquin's taking flight


Trillium (Trillium ovatum) - April




Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) - May




St.-John's-Wort (Hypericum perforatum) - July
aka Klamath Weed

St. John's Wort


Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) - July




Western White Anemone (Anemone deltoidea) - May




Silver-spotted Skipper Butterfly (Epargyreus clarus) - June
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)








Woodland Skipper Butterfly (Ochlodes sylvanoides) - July
Plants: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea); bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus); hairy cats's-ear (Hypochaeris radicata)

Woodland skipper on Pearly Everlasting

Woodland Skipper on Bird's-foot Trefoil

Woodland Skipper on Hairy Cat's-ear

Woodland Skipper in flight


Arctic Skipper Butterfly (Carterocephalus palaemon) - May




Persius Duskywing Skipper Butterfly (Erynnis persius) - August




Western Branded Skipper Butterfly (Hesperia colorado) - June
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)




Western Branded Skipper & Nelson's Hairstreak Butterfly - June

skipper and hairstreak butterflies

Unusual to have two different varieties of butterflies so near each other - one usually chases the other away.


Nelson's Hairstreak Butterfly (Callophryas nelsoni) - July
Plant: oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)



This butterfly is very easy to photograph - just move slowly towards them - they don't spook easily.


Golden Hairstreak Butterfly ♀ (Habrodais grunus) - August
Plant: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)




Yellow Leaf Iris (Iris chrysophylla) - May




Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) - July




Due to their mandibles being large - relative to their head - it could be presumed that dragonflies
can bite people or pets. They only have enough force to chew on small insects (e.g., mosquitoes).
If you're lucky enough to have one land on your shoulder no mosquito will bother you.


Eight-spotted skimmer dragonfly ♂ (Libellula forensis) - July


8-spotted skimmer in the sun



Sunlit 8-spotted skimmer
With the dragonfly between you and the sun the wings take on a photographic negative appearance.


Grappletail Dragonfly (Octogomphus specularis) - August






Black Petaltail Dragonfly ♂ (Tanypteryx hageni) - August 2016
sitting on FR22 near the bridge over Brice Creek and in flight

black petaltail dragonfly




Blue-eyed Darner Dragonfly (Aeshna multicolor) - July






Variegated Meadowhawk Dragonfly ♂ (Sympetrum corruptum) - September

variegated meadowhawk dragonfly

variegated meadowhawk profile


Large Flathead Pine Heartwood Borer Beetle (Chalcophora virginiensis) - July



As the name implies, this is a pest harmful to conifers.
When it flew towards me I swatted it down with my camera. Unknown if it was random chance or if they are aggressive.



Small unnamed waterfall on Brice Creek next to FR22



GPS: 43.6395, -122.6516, elevation above sea level 1965 ft.


Discarded cans, broken glass and other unwanted items alongside Forest Road 22



Please keep my Oregon clean.


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