Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1114971

Clemence's Blue
Icaricia monticola

Observation date: April 19, 2017
Submitted by: diwalks2@gmail.com
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: 75 Partly Cloudy, dry gusts of wind off and on. very diverse area/ Chaparral/ coastal sage scrub to mountains with riparian habitat also stream side, deer weed lupin of many species , buckwheat many species chamise, Artemisia californica, big cone fur, oaks, alders, willow cotton wood, Paint brush, chain fern and many other Ferns! good water in creeks in some areas mostly dry stream beds. dogface, sister, sara, dusky several species, pale and western tigers, blues several species, Common ringlet, Painted ladies, gabb's checkers spot, others many species good numbers of all! A VERY LOUD SPECKLED RATTLESNAKE WHO WOULD RATHER NOT HAVE SEEN US. WE FELT THE SAME AS HE WAS CLOAKED SO WELL AS TO BE INVISIBLE UNTIL HE PLAYED A VERY LOUD SONG! I THINK IT WAS CALLED JUMP! OR RUN! some such thing as that! snake guards are bought and on the way! never seen so many snakes. seems daily!
Status: Resident
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: April 24, 2017
Coordinator notes: This is "subspecies" monticola which is a full species and not a Lupine Blue subspecies. It appears to be a female.-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): United States, California, Orange County