August 30th, 2009: Aloe and butterflies

August 31, 2009 at 8:22 pm 2 comments

Unknown aloe plant

I have to start with bad news. I took a walk to the lighthouse at Point Reyes on Saturday, and saw these beautiful plants. The bad news is that I can’t figure out what they are called. They appear to be members of the Aloe genus, but they do not appear in any of the 5+ California plants books I have access to here at PRBO. This may be because they are non-native. Not sure.  I will crack the case eventually, but for now all I can do is admire their beauty.

In better news…BUTTERFLIES! Hover your mouse over the images to find out the butterfly names. Click on the images for a close-up. (That’s right, I’m tech-savvy).

Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini)Field crescent (Phyciodes campestris)West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)

Oh it was a fun weekend. I stayed at Point Reyes, explored the peninsula and biked around Bolinas, snapping many more photos than I can fit into a single blog post right now.

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August 27th, 2009: Bayer Farm September 1st, 2009: Shorebirds at Schollenberger

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sean Fitzgerald  |  September 1, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Hey Lizzie,
    Stumbled on your blog via my facebook newsfeed!
    Are you working at PRBO this fall? I’m pretty jealous you get to spend the fall out there. I’ve worked for PRBO but haven’t had the pleasure of working on one of their projects near their HQ.

  • […] 2009 Thanks to facebook (wow…) I now know the name of the beautiful plant I featured in my last post. It is Knifolia uvaria, also known as Torch Lily or Red Hot Poker. It is not an aloe, but is in the […]


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