Western Pine Elfins are really fast flyers, and can be hard to catch. But when they do alight, I find them usually cooperative to be photographed.
Crane Prairie, Deschutes County, Oregon
43.79695, -121.76211 At a campsite we picnicked at next to Crane Prairie Reservoir.
July 9, 2023
This is such a bad shot. But it is all I got. I chased and chased this guy and it just skipped from clover blossom to clover blossom, never letting me get close enough and low enough to really get a shot. I was able to snap this just before it took off down the shore where I couldn’t follow because of heavy growth. So I’m thankful for it, bad as it is. He sure gave me a merry chase. He was not a willing model, unlike most.
- Males visit mud and perch on pine boughs.
- A spring butterfly, look for it eary.
See C. eryphon in Washington.