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LIST OF BUTTERFLIES RECORDED AT HASTINGS RESERVATION, MONTEREY CO., CA

Compiled by J. A. Powell
Professor, UC-Berkeley, Essig Museum of Entomlogy
March 2000

   The old Hastings insect list had 47 species of butterflies. I presumed it was compiled originally by Jean Linsdale and augmented by Don Linsdale in the 1950s, and maybe by other persons. I expected it to be fairly complete and accurate because butterflies are the most easily observed and identified insects and are sufficiently few in species richness that the whole fauna of a local area can be recorded by a diligent student. I was therefore surprised when we found several species on our first two butterfly counts, in June 1998 and 1999, that were not on the existing list. I reviewed the collection at the Oakland Museum in February 2000 and was even more surprised to find numerous discrepancies between the remaining specimens and the old list, including not only misidentified species, but species missing from the list and listed species missing from the collection as well. Click here for a list of butterflies on subsequent June counts.

   The butterflies occupied the top drawer of the steel cabinet housing the collection of specimens in 3 X 5" packets. Mice had entered and chewed into many of the packets from above, prior to transfer of the collection to Oakland. Evidently no effort had been made to salvage the remaining material since that time. I removed all of the packets that no longer hold specimens (about 35% of the total of ca. 275), assessed their species names, and packed them into two sealed plastic bags. There are a great many loose wings, evidently not palatable to mice, and I gathered these into two additional large baggies. Sooner or later dermestid beetles and/or psocid lice would infest this material if not sealed. Some species represented only by names on empty packets could be confirmed by presence of loose wings (e.g. Mourning Cloak and California Tortoise Shell, Nymphalis antiopa and N. californica). I then sorted all remaining packets having recognizable remains of butterflies into taxa and attempted to reconcile identifications of both the empty and occupied packets with the old list.

    The following list compiles the results of this search, along with more recently recorded species. Abbreviations: OM = species confirmed at Oakland Museum, including loose wings; FS = collected by F. Sala in 1992 (specimens at Hastings museum); UC = collected by UC students in April 1998 (voucher specimens retained by students)

Taxa List

Linsdale List

1998-2006 June Counts

Hesperiidae:
   
Erynnis
propertius S & B

+OM

+
Erynnis
tristis (Bdv.)
 

+
Pholisora
catullus F.

+OM
 
Pyrgus
ruralis
 

+
Thorybes
pylades[= mexicana of List]

+OM

++
Hesperia
columbia

OM
 
Hesperia
lindseyi[=H. ruricola of List]

+OM
 
Ochlodes
agricola Bdv

+OM

++
Ochlodes
sylvanoides Bdv

+OM
 
Heliopetes
ericetorum  
++
 
   
Papilionidae:
   
Battus
philenor
 

UC
Papilio
eurymedon Lucas

+OM

+
Papilio
rutulus Lucas

+OM

++
Papilio
zelicaon Lucas

+OM
 
 
   
Pieridae:
   
Anthocharis
sara Bdv.

+OM,FS

++
Colias
eurytheme Bdv

+OM

+
Colias
eurydice Bdv

+OM
 
Euchloe
ausonides [=E. creusa hyantis of List]

+OM
 
Pieris
napi

+OM,FS
 
Pieris
rapae L.

+OM

+
Pontia
protodice B. & L.
 

+
Pontia
sisymbrii

OM
 
 
   
Lycaenidae:
   
Lycaena
arota Bdv

+OM
 
Lycaena
gorgon Bdv.

+OM

++
Lycaena
helloides Bdv.

+OM
 
Lycaena
xanthoides Bdv.

+OM

++
Atlides
halesus Cramer

+OM
 
Callophrys
dumetorum Bdv.

+OM

+
Incisalia
augustinus [=iroides of List]+OM

++
 
Satyrium
californica Edw.

+OM

+
Satyrium
saepium Bdv.
 

+
Satyrium
tetra (Edw.)[= Strymon adenostomatis]
 

+
Strymon
melinus Hbn.

+OM

+
Celastrina
ladon [= Lycaenopsis pseudargiolus]

+OM,FS

UC+
Everes
amyntula
 

+
Glaucopsyche
lygdamus

+OM

++
Plebeius
acmon W. & H.

+OM

++
Plebeius
icarioides
 

+
 
   
Nymphalidae:
   
Adelpha
bredowii

+OM

++
Chlosyne
palla Bdv.

+OM

++
Euphydryas
chalcedona D. & H.

+OM,FS

++
Euphydryas
editha Bdv..

OM
 
Junonia
coenia Hbn.

+OM

++
Limenitis
lorquini Bdv.

+OM

++
Nymphalis
antiopa L.

+OM
 
Nymphalis
californica Bdv.

+OM
 
Phyciodes
mylitta Edw.

+OM

++
Polygonia
oreas

OM
 
Polygonia
satyrus Edw.

+OM
 
Speyeria
adiaste Behr

+OM

+
Speyeria
callippe Bdv.

+OM

++
Speyeria
coronis
 

++
Thessalia
leanira

+OM
 
Vanessa
annabella Field [= carye of authors]

+OM
 
Vanessa
atalanta
 

++
Vanessa
cardui L.

+OM

UC++
Vanessa
virginiensis Drury

+OM

+
Danaus
plexippus L.

+OM
 
Satyridae:
   
Coenonympha
california Westw.

+OM

UC++