A Butterfly Habitat in Angeles National Forest, Hiking Grizzly Flat, June 18, 2017

This was an exciting weekend for me.  I experienced for the first time the natural butterfly habit that exists right here in Angeles National Forest.  It was incredible if not a little overwhelming.  Around 8 am we arrived at the trailhead and began our hike.  The weather was already heating up due to the current heatwave, and as we began our ascent up the slope we started to see all the activity.  Along the trail was an abundance of California Buckwheat which is both a host and nectar plant for many different species.  It was covered in different butterflies; Bernardino Blues, Hairstreaks and Chalcedon Checkerspot to name a few.  It was breathtaking seeing so many different butterflies all together in their natural habitat.  After I stopped “ohhh-ing and ahhh-ing” I did my best to get some images.  Photographing butterflies can be a real challenge unless they’re still warming up or they’re preoccupied sipping nectar.  I was so enamored “chasing butterflies” I hardly noticed how hot it was getting in the beating sun on the slope.  I could have stayed up there for hours observing and looking for different species.  It was the most amazing and educational day!  
 

 Bernardino Blue

 Bernardino Blue

 Bernardino Blue

 Bernardino Blue

California Buckwheat

California Buckwheat

California Buckwheat and Deerweed

California Buckwheat and Deerweed

Golden Yarrow

Golden Yarrow

Thistle

Thistle

Bernardino Blue on California Buckwheat

Bernardino Blue on California Buckwheat

Bernardino Blue on California Buckwhea

Bernardino Blue on California Buckwhea

Female Bernardino Blue on California Buckwhea

Female Bernardino Blue on California Buckwhea

Chaparral Yucca

Chaparral Yucca

Chia

Chia

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat t

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheatt

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Hairstreak on California Buckwheat

Hairstreak on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Chalcedon Checkerspot on California Buckwheat

Hairstreak on California Buckwheat

Hairstreak on California Buckwheat

Hairstreak on California Buckwheat

Hairstreak on California Buckwheat

Chia

Chia

Bush Lupine

Bush Lupine

Golden Yarrow

Golden Yarrow