Here are some recent trip reports from the West, not in order.
Coal Creek TH, Teton Co. WY July 14 2019
Papilio rutulus P. zelicaon P. indra Parnassius clodius Anthocharis julia Pieris marginalis Polygonia satyrus Nymphalis antiopa N. californica N. milberti Vanessa cardui Chlosyne palla Euphydryas gillettii Phyciodes pulchella Speyeria mormonia S. egleis Boloria kriemhild Limenitis weidemeyerii Coenonympha haydenii Glaucopsyche lygdamus Euphilotes ancilla Plebejus lupini Plebejus icarioides Lycaena nivalis
Beaver Creek and Hwy 28, Fremont Co. WY, July 13, 2019
Papilio rutulus P. zelicaon Colias eurytheme C. philodice Nathalis iole Pontia occidentalis Speyeria coronis S. mormonia S. callippe Boloria selene Euphydryas ancilla Limenitis weidemeyerii Vanessa cardui Chlosyne palla Phyciodes pulchella P. cocyta Glaucopsyche lygdamus G. piasus Plebejus lupini P. idas P. icarioides Callophyrs spinetorum Cercyonis oeta Erebia epipsodea Erynnis icelus
Papilio zelicaon Parnassius clodius Colias philodice Pontia occidentalis Anthocharis julia Euchloe ausonides Speyeria mormonia S. egleis S. zerene S. callippe Boloria kriemhild Phyciodes pulchella Euphydryas editha Nymphalis californica N. milberti Vanessa cardui Oeneis chryxus Coenonympha haydenii Plebejus lupini P. icarioides P. saepiolus Glaucopsyche lygdamus Euphilotes ancilla Callophyrs affinis C. spinetorum Lycaena nivalis L. dorcas L. heteronea L. editha L. cupreus Erynnis sp.
Ticks have been terrible here in southwestern PA this year. I know - I contracted Lyme disease back in June. I was doing some yard work in my back yard and missed a deer tick that had gotten cemented in on the back of my thigh. I found it about 24 hours after it found me, but apparently the "remove within 48 hours and you won't contract Lyme" advice cannot be trusted. I noticed the rash beginning about 10 days after removing the tick and headed right to the doc for antibiotics. She told me she was seeing about 5 cases a week in our area - really high rate. Rash disappeared in about 4 days, and now I'm an official statistic... but other than that should have no residual effects (other than testing positive for Lyme for the rest of my life!). My experience does reinforce the importance of watching a tick bite site for an extended period - it would be easy to forget about it and not notice the rash - once that comes and goes you don't get a second warning until the disease starts causing serious health issues. The irony of it too was that I didn't get the damned tick while out collecting or wandering in the woods - I got it right in my back yard pulling weeds...
Papilio rutulus Parnassius smintheus Pontia occidentalis Colias eurytheme C. philodice C. pelidne C. gigantea Nymphalis milberti N. californica Vanessa cardui V. atalanta Polygonia gracilis Limenitis weidemeyerii Speyeria mormonia S. coronis S. edwardsii S. zerene S. egleis S. hydaspe Boloria selene Euphydryas anicia Phyciodes pulchella Oeneis chryxus Erebia epipsodea Cercyonis oeta Coenonympha tullia Lycaena editha L. cupreus L. heteronea Satyrium semiluna Euphilotes ancilla Plebejus icarioides P. lupini P. saepiolus P. idas Glaucopsyche lygdamus
I would like to see your Speyeria callippe and Speyeria egleis once you spread them. (Just photographs) I have not collected many Speyeria in Wyoming. I have a collecting trip planned for Wyoming, SE Colorado, Idaho and Montana in 2020. Specifically for Speyeria.
I will take a lengthy collecting trip, possibly two, to California, Oregon and Washington in 2021.
Also, I am planing a mid/late August collecting trip to Eastern Colorado, western Kansas/Nebraska for Heliothinae moths (Schinia).
I have not pinned many Speyeria yet from this year, here is he only egleis so far, a bit worn S. egleis macdunnoughi hilltopping on Sawtell Peak in Fremont County Idaho. All the egleis I have ever seen in Wyoming are referrable to macdunnoughi.
I have pinned a bunch of checkerspots, here are a few
First column, top 4 are Chlosyne acastus arkanyon from Chaffee Co. CO, bottom 1 is Euphydryas anicia alena from Iron Co. UT
Second column, are top 2 and the bottom 1 are Euphydryas anicia eurytion from the Sierra Madre Mts. in Carbon Co. WY, 3rd and 4th individuals are Euphydryas editha alebarki and the 5th is a melanic Chlosyne palla flavula from the same area.
Third column, top one is Euphydryas anicia windi from Sublette Co. WY, bottom two are Euphydryas anicia eurytion from the Snowy Range in Carbon Co. WY
Fourth column is Euphydryas editha montanus from Fremont Co. ID
Last column is Euphydryas gilettii and Papilio indra from Teton Co. WY
Left two columns are Euphydryas anicia windi from Big Horn County Wyoming at around 9,000 feet.
Right two columns are Euphydryas editha gunnisonensis from Iron County UT.
Here is an aberrant Speyeria from Big Timber Canyon in Sweet Grass County MT, It looks kind of like egleis to me but it is hard to be sure, the weather turned bad fast that day so I did not voucher any other Speyeria that looked similar.