Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1143628

California Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis californica

Observation date: September 26, 2017
Submitted by: RichHubie
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Based on a report on NorWestLeps about sightings of California Tortoiseshells at Bodega Bay I went to a coastal bluff here in Mendocino County and immediately found two in the parking lot. One seemed to be setting up a territory there. Found at least four, maybe five, after a short walk. Warm sunny day but a fog layer off coast. Unexpected butterfly for me.
Status: Migrant
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: September 26, 2017
Coordinator notes: They make their fall movements about this time of the year-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): Mendocino County, United States, California