These images were shot 5-5-2006. The female shown at left was a captive-bred specimen, which was taken to a local mountain to call for wild males on 3-24-2006. She called-in 9+ males and on 3-27-2006 she was
mated with one of them. After mating, ovipositing 143 eggs, she died of exhaustion and was mounted - in surprisingly good shape after all that!
Also shown: A pair of walterorum - note the size difference, and an assortment of males collected on 3-24-2005 are displayed to show variation in color and pattern.
This was my first net-caught wild specimen, obtained in Acton, CA on March 24 1985. At the time I was't sure what it was - it looked like a painted lady but it flew differently. It appeared to be hilltopping on a
local peak and after numerous attempts I finally managed to net it. Oddly, there is little if any host growing there.
Here are some shots of one of the very fresh males which came to the scenting female on 3-24-2006...
These show a mating pair (captive female, wild male) on 3-27-2006...