Posts Tagged: California Tortoiseshell
A flash of orange. Usually we see assorted orange butterflies--Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) or Painted Ladies (Vanessa cardui) or Monarchs (Danaus plexippus)--on our butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii). This time the flash of orange proved to be...
A California Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica) nectaring on a butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The California Tortoiseshell is bright orange with black spots on the wings, but the underside is a dullish gray-brown, resembling a dead leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This image of the California Tortoiseshell shows the dullish brown and gray underwings, a perfect camouflage. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sometimes it seems like forever before the California Tortoiseshell spreads its wings. This one did several times before it fluttered off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)