Joan St. Hilaire discovered Mardon skippers at this site on June 17, 2008. She observed 7 newly emerged males; based on wing wear and fuzzy appearance. Temperatures were in the low 60s, all Mardons were seen resting/basking on sedge seed heads and bare ground. She caught 4 for species verification. This site was made up of a logging landing and a small meadow. False hellebore was present at the lower eastern end of the meadow. There were small patches of fescue, and abundant sedges with several small patches of bare ground. Delphinium and common camas were in bloom. Xerces and WDFW staff revisited this site on June 24th and we counted 53 individuals. Refer to Xerces report (Jepsen et al. 2008) for additional description of that visit.
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Joan St. Hilaire discovered Mardon skippers at this site on June 16, 2008. She found 10 newly emerged males and caught 6 for identification purposes. Most were seen resting on sedge seed heads and one was nectaring on a spp. Site consisted of a dense mat of sedges. There was one small patch of bare ground and one was observed resting there.
One of the male’s wings showed some wear. False hellebore was present at the eastern
edge of this site. Death camas, common camas, vetch and
spp were in bloom.
Returned June 24, 2008 with Xerces and WDFW staff and observed 8 individuals with worn wings. Refer to Xerces report (Jepsen et al. 2008).