Subject: unknown insect attacking butterfly
Location: Forest Road 22 at Brice Creek east of Cottage Grove, Oregon
September 22, 2016 3:39 pm
Taking pictures of a Clodius Parnassian butterfly when I saw some winged insect attempting to land on the butterfly’s abdomen. I shooed it away from the butterfly. Later when I was checking my photos I found that I had actually snapped it while it was just about to land on the butterfly. The closest I could come to a partial ID is some kind of carpenter ant. Just don’t know if the size is a match and it is actually something else.
Signature: G Price
Dear G Price,
This is some species of Beetle, probably a Longicorn in the family Cerambycidae. Unfortunately, there is not enough detail for us to determine a species. We do not think it is attaching this lovely Clodius Parnassian, but rather, more of an accidental encounter. We have so few examples of Parnassian Butterflies on our site.
Thanks for the tip. Maybe next year I’ll be able to get a better
capture of it when I’m in the area again. Feel free to add the
Parnassian to your group if you’d like.