Native Butterflies of the SF Bay Area
Interested in sightings of California Bay Area Native Butterfly Species mainly. Below is a short list of species. Please document the small and seemingly "plain" butterflies that might be mistaken at first glance as moths, such as the California Ringlet or Cabbage White, as well as the showy butterflies... maybe you'll discover a species or variation not yet documented! On hikes I pack a laminated "Local Butterflies of the San Francisco Area" Quick-Guide. It's been great for in the field general identification satifaction! Please include comments with your photographs indicating how many butterflies of that species you saw that day in that location. For those of you super keen on contributing extra helpful data: photographs and identification of what the butterfly is feeding on such as native plants currently in blossom at the location will be much welcomed! Short List of San Francisco Bay Area Native Butterflies: Mission Blue, Western Pygmy-Blue, Spring Azure, Silvery Blue Purpleish Copper, Tailed Copper, Great Copper, Gorgon Copper California Hairstreak, Hedgerow Hairstreak, Great Purple Hairstreak California Ringlet, Sara Orangetip, Cabbage White, Veined White Common Buckeye, Common Wood-Nymph, Field Crescent Common-Checkered Skipper, Checker White, Chalcedon Checkerspot Propertius Duskywing, Mournful Duskywing, Northern Cloudywing California Dogface, Orange Sulfur, Anise Swallowtail Fiery Skipper, Rural Skipper, Woodland Skipper, Sandhill Skipper California Sister, California Tortoiseshell, Satyr Angelwing Also of interest: Monarch, Western Tiger Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail, Morning Cloak Painted Lady, American Lady, West Coast Lady, Red Admiral Sign in to join mission
The Bay Area is home to so many native species of butterflies only found here! Interested in the current diversity of the Butterfly population right in your backyard or city park? Let's find out together what winged beauties are emerging each week and where to spot them! Once the data is collected from your butterfly spottings, two things can be constructed: a map of species clutters, and recommendation list of backyard garden plantings of specific native food source plants for those specific butterfly populations. San Francisco has an incredible variety of fluttery pollinator native species. Let's see who's out there and help those populations grow!
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