[Insects of Mt. Adams Country]

Butterflies of Mt. Adams Country

Sulphurs and Boisduval's blues mudding on the banks of Elk Creek along the River Route Road which proceeds up the upper Klickitat River drainage.........June 22, 2008.

Unidentified Fritillary A & B

Unidentified Fritillary C

Unidentified Fritillary E

Unidentified Blue F

Unidentified Fritillary 10

Unidentified Checkerspot C

Unidentified Caterpillar #1

Unidentified Caterpillar #3

Unidentified Caterpillar #4

Unidentified Caterpillar #5

Cloudywings, Duskywings and Skippers:

Arctic Skipper: Carterocephalus palaemon -

Juba Skipper: Hesperia juba -

Mardon Skipper: Polites mardon

Woodland Skipper: Ochlodes sylvanoides


Parnassians and Swallowtails:

Pale Tiger Swallowtails: Papilio eurymedon -

Indra Swallowtails: Papilio indra -

Oregon Swallowtail, Old World Swallowtail: Papilio machaon -

Western Tiger Swallowtail: Papilio rutulus -

Anise Swallowtails: Papilio zelicaon -

Clodius Parnassian, Clodius Apollo, American Apollo: Parnassius clodius

Mountain Parnassian: Parnassius smintheus


Whites, Marbles and Sulphurs:

Julia's Orangetip: Anthocharis sara

Queen Alexndra's Sulphur, Alexandra's Sulphur, Ultraviolet Sulphur: Colias alexandra

Orange Sulphur, Alfalfa Butterfly: Colias eurytheme

Western Sulphur, Golden Sulphur, Intermountain Sulphur: Colias occidentalis

Clouded Sulphur, Common Sulphur: Colias philodice

Large Marble, Creamy Marble, Dappled Marble: Euchloe ausonides

Pine White, White Pine Butterfly: Neophasia menapia - Snowking Snowpark

Margined White, Veined White, Sharp-veined White, Mustard White, Green-veined White: Pieris marginalis

Cabbage White, European Cabbage Butterfly: Pieris rapae

Becker's White, Great Basin White, Sagebrush White: Pontia beckeri

Western White, Peak White, Checkered White: Pontia occidentalis

Spring White: Pontia sisymbryii -


Coppers, Hairstreaks, Elfins and Blues:


Mariposa Copper: Lycaena mariposa -

Purplish Copper: Lycaena helloides -

Lilac-bordered Copper: Lycaena nivalis - ?

Elfins and Hairstreaks:

Brown Elfin, Western Elfin: Callophrys augustinus

Western Pine Elfin, Western Banded Elfin: Callophrys eryphon

Cedar Hairstreak, Olive Hairstreak, Nelson's Hairstreak, Conifer Hairstreak, Juniper Hairstreak, Incense Cedar Hairstreak: Callophrys gryneus

Johnson's Hairstreak, Mistletoe Hairstreak, Brown Mistletoe Hairstreak: Callophrys johnsoni

Moss's Elfin, Stonecrop Elfin, Early Elfin, Schryver's Elfin: Callophrys mossii

Sheridan's Green Hairstreak, Sheridan's Hairstreak, White-lined Green Hairstreak, Little Green Hairstreak: Callophrys sheridanii -

Thicket Hairstreak, Blue Mistletoe Hairstreak: Callophrys spinetorum

Golden Hairstreak, Chinquapin Hairstreak, Live Oak Hairstreak: Habrodais grunus

Halfmoon Hairstreak, Sooty Hairstreak, Sagebrush Sooty Hairstreak: Satyrium semiluna

Hedgerow Hairstreak, Bronzed Hairstreak, Russet Hairstreak, Buckthorn Hairstreak: Satyrium saepium

Sylvan Hairstreak, Wesern Willow Hairstreak: Satyrium sylvinus

Gray Hairstreak, Common Hairstreak, Hop Vine Hairstreak, Cotton Square Borer: Strymon melinus -


Arctic Blue: Agriades glandon -

Echo Azure, Echo Blue, Spring Azure, Western Spring Azure: Celastrina echo -

Silvery Blue: Glaucopsyche lygdamus -

Boisduval Blue: Icaricia icarioides -

Greenish Blue: Icaricia saepiolus -

Anna's Blue: Plebejus anna -

Melissa Blue: Plebejus melissa -


Mormon Metalmark: Apodemia mormo -


Brushfoots: Monarchs, Fritillaries

Monarch, Milkweed Butterfly, Wanderer: Danaus plexippus


Callippe Fritillary: Speyeria callippe -

Washington Fritillary: Speyeria mormonia washingtonia -

Zerene Fritillary ? : Speyeria zerene -

Arctic Fritillary: Boloria chariclea - ?

Western Meadow Fritillary: Boloria epithore


Lorquin's Admiral: Limenitis lorquini - Common.


Painted Lady, Cosmopolite, Cosmopolitan Butterfly, Thistle Butterfly, Painted Beauty, Cynthia of the Thistle: Vanessa cardui - Common in meadows above treeline.

West Coast Lady, Western Painted Lady: Vanessa annabella -

Red Admirable, Red Admiral, Nettle Butterfly: Vanessa atalanta - Killen Creek Trail


Milbert's Tortoiseshell, Nettle Tortoiseshell, Fire-rim Tortoiseshell: Aglais milberti - Killen Creek Trail

Mourning Cloak, Camberwell Beauty, Grand Surprise, Antiopa: Nymphalis antiopa - Common in forest openings at the southeastern corner of the mountain in spring and early summer.

California Tortoiseshell, Western Tortoiseshell: Nymphalis californica -

Anglewings and Commas:

Unidentified Anglewing: Polygonia sp. -

Green Comma, Faun, Faun Anglewing, Faunus Anglewing, Green Anglewing: Polygonia faunus

Hoary Comma, Hoary Anglewing: Polygonia gracilis -

Oreas Anglewing, Oreas Comma, Silenus Anglewing, Dar Gray Anglewing: Polygonia oreas

Satyr Anglewing, The Satyr, Satyr Coma, Hop Butterfly, Golden Anglewing: Polygonia satyrus


Hoffman's Checkerspot: Chlosyne hoffmanni -

Northern Checkerspot: Chlosyne palla -

Chalcedona Checkerspot, Colon Checkerspot, Snowberry Checkerspot, Variable Checkerspot, Western Checkerspot: Euphadryas chalcedona - Common


Northern Crescent: Phyciodes cocyta -

Mylitta Crescent: Phyciodes mylitta -

Field Crescent: Phyciodes pulchellus -

Satyrs, Wood Nymphs and Ringlets:

Dark Wood Nymph, Small Wood Nymph, Least Wood Nymph, Least Satyr: Cercyonis oetus

Common Wood Nymph, Large Wood Nymph, Ox-eyed Wood Nymph, Blue-eyed Grayling, Goggle Eye, Hoary Satyr: Cercyonis pegala

Great Basin Wood Nymph, Lesser Wood Nymph, Least Wood Nymph, Small Wood Nymph, Scrub Wood Nymph, Woodland Satyr, Little Satyr, Sylvan Satyr: Cercyonis sthenele -

Ochre Ringlet, Ringlet, Common Ringlet, Northwest Ringlet, Large Heath: Coenonympha tullia -

Butler's Alpine, Common Alpine: Erebia epipsodea - May approach Mt. Adams through the east Cascade Slopes of Yakima County.

Great Arctic, Nevada Arctic, Great Grayling, Felder's Arctic, Pacific Arctic: Oeneis nevadensis - Common in spring and early summer at all elevations on the southeast side of Mt. Adams. Some of these could possibly be the similar Chryxus Arctic?

Green Comma or Faunus Anglewing (Polygonia faunus) feeding on Aster foliaceus var. parryi along Island Spring Trail just north of Hell Roaring Creek.

Green Comma or Faunus Anglewing (Polygonia faunus) feeding on Aster foliaceus var. parryi along Island Spring Trail just north of Hell Roaring Creek.


Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest by Robert Michael Pyle & Caitlin C. LaBar, Timber Press Field Guide, Portland, OR, 2018.

Life Histories of Cascadeia Butterflies by David G. James & David Nunnallee, Oregon State University Press, Corvallis, OR, 2011.

The Butterflies of Cascadia by Robert Michael Pyle, Seattle Audubon Society, Seattle, WA, 2002.

The Guide to Butterflies of Oregon and Washington by William Neill, Westcliffe Publishers, Englewood, CO, 2001.

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