Took what will probably end up being my last coast-bound trip of the calendar year today. No pics from the trip, but I did learn a few new things...
Speyeria zerene hippolyta, the endangered Oregon Silverspot butterfly's caterpillar likes to feast on Viola adunca aka "early blue violet". It also likes Yarrow and Goldenrods.
But for early-stage growth, it needs violets. I was super excited to realize I've seen those tiny heart-shaped violets (maybe not the exact species?) in my yard; it was so prolific, I thought for sure it was invasive. Nope.
"With pressures from human activities and invasions of non-native plant species, there are few remaining native coastal grasslands with early-blue violets. Last seen on the Long Beach Peninsula in 1990, this butterfly is now found only at four sites in Oregon. It was listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 1980 ".
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