What’s Buzzing on the Baccharis? Dainty Sulphur among others
Location: Elyria Canyon Park, Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
September 30, 2012 at 11:03AM
Yesterday Daniel and Clare went to Elyria Canyon Park to water the butterfly garden and take inventory of tasks that need to be completed. The Baccharis is in full bloom around the Red Barn and countless Honey Bees were buzzing about. There were also other insects interested in the nectar, including a Painted Lady, Skippers, Marine Blues and Gray Hairstreaks. Daniel noticed a small creamy yellow butterfly about the size of a Marine Blue, but it did not alight and he could not get a good view. Today Daniel made a trip back to the Red Barn to photograph What’s Buzzing Around the Baccharis? and he was lucky enough to get two images of the butterfly in question, a Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole, that was nectaring a few feet from the ready camera. Julian Donahue sent an email to local fold on August 23, 2012 with this information: “Hi all, Thought you might be interested in a sighting this afternoon: a Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) nectaring on a variety of flowers in my front yard. First time I’ve seen this southern migrant here in several years. Too windy and warm to get a picture before it departed, but keep an eye out for a small yellow butterfly with lots of black on the upperside of the forewing that shows through the wing when the butterfly is at rest. Julian.” This photo substantiates Julian’s August sighting.
Here is the second photo.