Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1190955

California Tortoiseshell
Nymphalis californica

Observation date: October 07, 2018
Submitted by: RichHubie
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Warm day. Saw eight or nine of these Tortoiseshells both at the Little River Airport and the Woods Senior Community. Two of them nearly landed on me and I saw one chasing another around. After last year's September massive irruption I hadn't been expecting to see these butterflies this year since I hadn't seen them in Mendocino County before last year.
Status: Temporary Colonist
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: October 08, 2018
Coordinator notes: It will be interesting to see how California Tortoiseshells do next year-Ken Davenport
Checklist region(s): Mendocino County, United States, California