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Mariposa is Spanish for butterfly and annually the town of Mariposa, CA celebrates with the Mariposa Butterfly Festival the first weekend in May. On Foxtail Farm we see a wide variety of butterflies throughout the late spring and all through the summer. Below are some of the butterflies we have spotted on our property.

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Acmon Blue

Plebejus acmon - caterpillars feed on lupines which are abundant on our property in the late spring. There are several butterflies that closely match the Acmon that can also be seen and those include the Arrowhead Blue, Shasta Blue and Echo Azure.

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California Sister

Adelpha californica - Abundant in oak woodlands - Most common butterfly to be spotted on our property

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California Tortoiseshell

Nymphalis californica - The browns and grays of the wing underside make it resemble a dead leaf when the wings are closed

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Clouded Sulphur

Colias philodice, the common sulphur or clouded sulphur, is a North American butterfly in the family Pieridae, subfamily Coliadinae. This butterfly may be encountered in fields, lawns, alfalfa or clover fields, meadows, and roadsides. Swarms of these butterflies will congregate at mud puddles. We found several specimens near our garden in August 2018.

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Common Buckeye

Junonia coenia - Found May through October and sightings are rare on our property

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Sagebrush Sooty Hairstreak

Satyrium semiluna, known generally as the sagebrush sooty hairstreak or half-moon hairstreak, is a species of hairstreak in the family of butterflies known as Lycaenidae. Cheryl spotted this near the house in late May 2018.

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West Coast Lady

Vanessa annabella - Found throughout the western U.S.

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Western Tiger Swallowtail

Papilio rutulus - Active and brightly colored, this butterfly when seen is generally not resting.

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Zerene Fritillary

Speyeria zerene - Fritillary of which there are several types lay their eggs on violets. They can be found resting with wings open. Image by