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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Michigan Upper Peninsula Butterflying

From May 20-22, 2016 my son David and I went to Michigan's upper peninsula looking for Michigan's bog specialties. Our main objectives were Red-disked Alpine (Erebia discoidalas) and Freija Fritillary (Boloria freija). On Saturday after nearly 6 hours of hunting and pecking, we stop at Channing Bog in Dickinson County and scored our targets. Several Red-disked Alpines and a few Freija Fritillaries were cruising an open area in the south west section of the bog. At one point, David had 4 Red-disked Alpines battling above him!
Sunday we headed home and made a stop in Otsego County. At the North Branch ORV Trail Head.We hunted around for awhile before finding our target Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus).
An excellent weekend.

Red-disked Alpine (Erebia discoidalas)
Dickinson County, Michigan

Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus)
Otsego County, Michigan

Trip List May 20-22, 2016
Black Swallowtail
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Olympia Marble
Pink-edged Sulphur
Brown Elfin
Eastern Pine Elfin
Spring Azure
Northern Spring Azure
Meadow Fritillary
Freija Fritillary
American Lady
Red-disked Alpine
Chryxus Arctic
Dreamy Duskywing
Common Roadside Skipper

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