Insects of Point Reyes National Seashore

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I had pretty good luck spotting insects while hiking in Point Reyes National Seashore last week-end.  I saw Butterflies, Beetles, and Grubs. Here’s a sampler. 🙂

I’m pretty sure this is a Skipper, but I can’t find anything that looks exactly like it in my books, or online so, don’t know what it is.  I found it in Point Reyes National Seashore last week-end; July 9,2016.  Anyone know what it is and what it is called?

Unknown Skipper or Butterfly?

Other insects I found while exploring different areas of the park were:

A ladybug, one of several I saw…

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a green and black beetle called a Spotted Cucumber Beetle,

Spotted Cucumber Beetle

who was pretty hungry,

Spotted Cumcumber Bettle

…a Common Buckeye Butterfly

Common Buckeye Butterfly

…and a grub or grasshopper served a la carte to a White Crown Sparrow that is banded. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a banded sparrow.

Banded White Crown Sparrow

Nikon Df w/28-105mm lens and Delkin Digital Film, and  Lumix FZ200 w/ Lexar Digital Film- Hand-held

More to come…


Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Nevada at the base of the Eastern Sierras. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

28 thoughts on “Insects of Point Reyes National Seashore”

  1. Aha! It WAS a copper, a purplish copper (Lycaena helloides). My friend Carol in Marin has posted several of these recently on Flickr and I suddenly thought of your butterfly.

    1. Thanks Melissa! I was hoping you’d weigh in on this image/butterfly. It doesn’t look like anything in North America, or Northern Calif. that I can find. Hopefully one day I’ll find out what it is. Probably something common. 🙂

        1. Isn’t Mexico part of North America? I’m rusty on the 7 continents I guess. 🙂

          I’ll look since I’ve looked for North America and Northern Calif.

          One friend thought it might a Copper type, but it doesn’t look like any of those either. It’s a puzzle.

    1. Thank you so much Myriam!

      Yes, I submitted a photo of the butterfly or skipper on the 15th to the ID help forum, but I haven’t heard back from them yet.

      If they don’t accept the photo then I’m guessing I won’t get an ID from anyone there. 😦

        1. Hi, I was surprised to read in the email I received saying they received my submission that if it was accepted they’d let me know. I thought I was just asking for ID help! A Flickr friend thinks it’s a butterfly ; a fritillary type because the wing shape isn’t delta shaped like skippers are. He has a point.

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