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Large Marble - Euchloe ausonides - Euchloe ausonides

Large Marble - Euchloe ausonides - Euchloe ausonides
Mt Diablo State Park, Contra Costa County, California, USA
April 2, 2006
Euchloe ausonides

ID confirmed by Arthur Shapiro.

Primo! Large Marble butterfly Joyce
I just have to say this may be my favorite butterfly shot in the guide.

thanks Lynette
There are a lot of nice butterfly shots in the guide!

It's a treat when a nice fresh subject decides to cooperate and pose on a pretty plant with a nice background in decent lighting ... and I have my camera with me ... all those things don't usually line up at the same time.

thanks everyone ...
.. for the nice comments. This is the first "Large Marble" I've ever seen. I tend not to have a lot of luck with butterflies, so I felt very lucky to have encountered one, and especially one so cooperative. It stayed mostly still for about 15 minutes while I photographed it and was still there over an hour later when I left the area. I suspect they aren't usually like that. It was an overcast, chilly day, in between rains. (It has been raining endlessly in the Bay Area since the begining of March.)

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from genus page to new species page

This is absolutely fantastic! Great shot!

This is a new one for me, I will be looking for it when I go west, next month. Very nice shot!

Endangered species?
Interesting article here:
Wonder if they are talking about this same butterfly?
Carla Finley
Venice, FL

not the same subspecies
The subspecies Euchloe ausonides insulanus (Island Marble) that occurs on San Juan Island in Washington State is endangered. See here.

Our local Marble species is very difficult to shoot due to skittishness and the scattered local populations. So the quality of this shot should be appreciated by those of us who have chased marbles on our knees through the hillside grasses and failed. Very fine image. Excellent.


I agree with all. Beautiful shot.
Carla Finley
Venice, FL

Yes, this is a real crowd pleaser! Beautiful.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

Amazing photograph
I just saw this species fo the first time just recently and was delighted to find such a beautiful butterfly, I even got some photos which I'll post, but nothing like your shot. It's perfect. you managed to get both the head and wing perfectly focused and the color balance is perfect. Contact me sometime if you want to go out and look for butterflies, I live in San Ramon.

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