2019 March 20 evening
Jeremy Tatum writes: I don’t think I have ever done three postings in a day before – but this one can’t wait. It is hill-topping time on Mount Tolmie again. At 4:30 this afternoon, three apparently pristine-fresh California Tortoiseshells were besporting themselves on the reservoir atop Mount Tolmie. They were putting on a tremendous display, chasing each other around, and showing off their beautiful wings. They were attracting the attention of other people o n the reservoir – it has to be pretty spectacular for that to happen. When I got there at 4:40, Kirsten Mills was already there and she had already photographed one of them, seen below.
Butterfliers should note that nymphalid and other butterflies typically hill-top in the late afternoon and early evening. As well as Mount Tolmie, it would be worth checking Mount Douglas, Christmas Hill and Highrock Hill.
California Tortoiseshell Nymphalis californica (Lep.: Nymphalidae) Kirsten Mills