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Observation notes: A few Marble butterflies were seen flying, and a pair were photographed on the Tall Tumblemustard (Sisymbrium altissimum) in a dry, weedy parking area next to Highway 395, along Lake Abert, Oregon. As one butterfly was being photographed feeding on the yellow flowers, another butterfly arrived & they began mating lower on the flower stalk. It was sunny & breezy, and they stayed coupled for the half hour we were there. Temperature was 71 - 74 degrees.
Verified by: Ken Davenport
Verified date: February 07, 2023
Coordinator notes: Thanks for sending several photos, I needed those. The cell spot bar on the forewing indicates ausonides in the locality you give. Hyantis/lptta along Hwy. 395 should have wide FW bars and heavier green marbling-Ken Davenport