Wildlife and Other Sightings: Butterflies & Moths, and Yellow-rumped Warbler
August 11, 2012
Butterflies and Moths on Pennyroyal and Groundsel
Pine White Butterfly on Goldenaster
Neophasia menapia on Aster breweri
August 5, 2012
Trail between Harden Lake and Pate Valley
Different species of the variety of butterflies and moths out today tended to be seen more often on some flowers over others. A few Pine White Butterflies were clustered around the composite flowers of this Goldenaster plant.
August 5, 2012 - around 2:30pm
Trail to Harden Lake from White Wolf
I was very excited to catch a glimpse of a colorful male Yellow-rumped Warbler along the side of the old Tioga road (now part of the trail to Harden Lake from White Wolf). Being nearsighted and a very novice birder, such a distinctively marked bird is always a treat to see. Trying to learn more about this bird after returning home, I discovered that several different species of insect-eating warblers may live together in close proximity by looking for food in different parts of the same forest. Yellow-rumped warblers focus on the outer foliage of conifers. Sure enough, this little guy was hopping from branch to branch up in one of the many Lodgepole pine trees along the edge of this trail.
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Did You Know?
The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.