Oregon’s Stella Orangetip Butterfly

Oregon’s Stella Orangetip Butterfly

Recently I was checking out some places in Central Oregon the Bend area and while having a chat with some random fellow hikers who in a truly wild coincidence had lived around the corner from me in Fort Myers, Florida, this beautiful little stella orangetip butterfly landed about two feet from where we were talking. Since I already had my camera in my hand, I took just one shot and nailed it. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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Orangetip Butterfly

Male Stella Orangetip

A male stella orangetip butterfly feeds on the nectar of blooming wax currants in Central Oregon near Bend. This is a subspecies of the in the sara orangetip complex, and is mostly found in the Pacific Northwest east of the Cascades where the habitat is much more arid and dry.

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June 9, 2016
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Pro photographer, writer, master naturalist, Florida native in the PNW, lucky husband, father of two boys, big hockey and soccer fan, and native orchid hunter.

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