Friday, April 1, 2011
Nymphalis californica--California Tortoiseshell
The California Tortoiseshells are flying again at the UC Botanical Garden. Usually I first see them in the middle of March, but this year it was raining. So I guess they are a bit late. They lay their eggs on the flowers of Ceanothus. Yesterday morning I saw one on a building. Then in the afternoon I took a walk to look for them on the Ceanothus, but didn't find any there. Maybe next week. They are only in lowland California for a short while before they fly to the Sierra.