I believe this is a male Clodius Parnassian. Females have a shiny black torso, and males have a fuzzy creamy torso. This individual would not be still! He was so hard to photograph. He skipped from flower to flower and led me on a merry chase. I was glad I got a few shots, but wish I had been able to get some better ones.
Lost Prairie, Linn County, Oregon
44.40366, -122.07507 A small prairie long the highway Santiam Highway between Corvalis and Sisters. It was very hot and dry.
July 15, 2023
- Host plant is Dicentra – Bleeding Heart.
- Antennae are entirely black vs Mountain Parnassian which have black and white striped antennae.
- Look for females with large white sphragis (waxy white thing deposited by males to make sure no other males can mate with her)