Several of the study sites have Sitka Valerian, and that's also one of the plants that takes over when there's a recent disturbance like a rockslide. It was absolutely covered in these small black-and-white butterflies.
The trails themselves are beautiful and varied: the project inherently needs sites with a wide range of snow melt dates, so they take us across almost the whole range of terrain there that doesn't need specialised equipment to access. I had to pass on today's hike because I woke up with gut and back pain (maybe one causing the other?), but even the little walk I could handle while waiting for the rest of the party was a delight.
Two important updates from @rainhead: those "butterflies" seem to actually be http://pnwmoths.biol.wwu.edu/browse/family-erebidae/subfamily-arctiinae/tribe-arctiini/gnophaela/gnophaela-vermiculata/ ... and he's a lot quicker than me at getting full photo albums up, so his are already at https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainhead/albums/72157710104018052/with/48459817772/ including a nice marmot.
and I forgot to tag those lepidoptera with #BugShots
@eldang these photos are incredible
@sunconscious thank you. It's such a beautiful place that photography there is definitely easy mode.
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