|Tiger Swallowtail--Papilio rutulus Huntington Central Park|
|Fiery Skipper--Hylephila phyleus (?) Huntington Central Park|
|Striated Queen--Danaus gilippus|
California Dogface--Colias eurydice Environmental Nature Center's Native Butterfly House
|California Dogface--Colias eurydice Environmental Nature Center's Native Butterfly House|
|California Dogface--Colias eurydice at Environmental Nature Center's Native Butterfly House|
|Cabbage White--Pieris rapae female|
|1) West Coast Lady--Vanessa anabella|
|2) West Coast Lady--Vanessa anabella|
|3) West Coast Lady--Vanessa anabella--wings closed|
|Mourning Cloak--Nymphalis antiopa at Environmental Nature Center's Native Butterfly House|
|1) Gulf Fritillary--Agraulis vanillae Huntington Central Park wings closed.|
2) Gulf Fritillary--Agraulis vanillae Huntington Central Park wings open.
|Monarch--Danaus plexippus at Environmental Nature Center's Native Butterfly House|
Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Central Park just put in a Stinging Nettle area to attract the Red Admiral Butterfly. The one shown above is from last year still alive, but pretty tattered.
|Funereal Duskywing--Erynnis funeralis--in my backyard.|
OC Birder Girl Links
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
You can find butterflies near the parking lot and along the path by PCH, on the mesa, and along Wintersburg Channel.
Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve aka Newport Back Bay
On the Muth Center side off Irvine Avenue there seem to be more butterflies. The Muth Center is starting a butterfly garden.
Huntington Central Park
There are butterflies all over the park on both sides. The Monarch Butterflies have lots of milkweed in Huntington Central Park's Shipley Nature Center and Monarchs seem to be starting a winter colony among Eucalyptus trees in the park.
Environmental Nature Center Butterfly House
Has a butterfly house during spring and summer.
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
Has a butterfly garden, but you can see butterflies throughout the sanctuary.
Mason Regional Park
External Links and Resources
Pavilion of Wings
LA Museum of Natural History's butterfly house is great. April through September.
ENC Native Butterfly House
May through Summer. A much smaller exhibit than the LA Museum of Natural History, but closer, less hassle, and still plenty of butterflies to see.
North American Butterfly Association - Orange County Chapter
Orange County has its own chapter. Check out their website. They have lots of information and even field trips. Can't beat it.
Butterflies and Their Larval Food Plants
Pictures and information about butterflies in Orange County California.
Known as "The Butterfly Park," Gibbs park is a small park with plants that attract butterflies, a display about butterflies, and a beautiful mural on the pavement near the entrance to the park. Lots of historical plaques about local history as well.
Butterfly Migration Under Way in Orange County
About Painted Lady butterfly migration. From last year.
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
This wilderness park has a butterfly garden.
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